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Left alone with a sex offender, a teacher is raped

PHOENIX (AP) — A teacher at an Arizona prison was alone in a room full of sex offenders before being stabbed and sexually assaulted by a convicted rapist, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press about an attack that highlighted major security lapses at the facility.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014

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In odd twist, industry agrees to ban 'microbeads'

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. Discovered only recently, scientists say they're showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress' struggle to pay for highway and transit programs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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Iraq strategy: Obama, Congress leaders meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has shifted his focus away from airstrikes in Iraq as an imminent option for slowing the Islamist insurgency, in part because there are few clear targets the U.S. could hit, officials say.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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AMAZON LIVE: New phone expected at Seattle event

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has gone on stage to unveil what is expected to be a new smartphone.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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Iraq fights militants around oil refinery

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces battled insurgents targeting the country's main oil refinery and said they regained partial control of a city near the Syrian border Wednesday, trying to blunt a weeklong offensive by Sunni militants who diplomats fear may have also seized some 100 foreign workers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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Arizona break-in highlights gun-possessing clergy

PHOENIX (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest responding to a break-in at his downtown Phoenix church grabbed a handgun that police say ended up in the burglar's hands — and was then used to kill a fellow priest who tried to help.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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US aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gave U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now, they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to double down on catching others responsible for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in the attacks.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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