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Ferguson election triples number of blacks on City Council

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Two black candidates were among three people elected to the Ferguson City Council Tuesday, tripling African-American representation in the St. Louis suburb where poor race relations have been a focal point since the August shooting death of an 18-year-old black by a white police officer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015

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Lawmaker urges action to prevent carbon monoxide tragedies

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — Utility regulators and police are trying to determine what could have been done to prevent the deaths of a man and his seven children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator installed after their home's power had been disconnected.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins 2nd term in runoff victory

CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel won re-election Tuesday as voters in Chicago's first mayoral runoff decided that, despite his brusque management style, the former White House chief of staff was best equipped to deal with the many dire challenges facing the nation's third-largest city.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015

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Afghan soldier shoots, wounds 3 US troops in insider attack

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday, wounding three before he was shot dead by American troops, an official and an eyewitness said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015

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Erdogan slams brakes on Kurdish peace process ahead of polls

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) — The peace process to end decades of violent strife between Turkey and Kurdish rebels has been one of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan's signature achievements.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015

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Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeri Vargas put her elderly mother on the "Do Not Call" list years ago. So why is the 88-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease still getting several recorded phone calls a day pitching her everything from vacation cruises to medical alert devices and fire extinguishers?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015

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US safety board: Oil train tank cars need urgent upgrades

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted or replaced to make them more fire-resistant after a spate of explosive accidents in recent months revealed the shortcomings of voluntary industry standards, U.S. safety officials said Monday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015

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Divorced mom of 7 dead kids says 'I would have helped'

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — As authorities probed Tuesday whether carbon monoxide killed a divorced kitchen worker and the seven children he was keeping warm with a gasoline-powered generator, friends and family voiced outrage that their electricity had been shut off due to unpaid bills.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015

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