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Senate negotiators reach highway bill deal; action delayed

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a deadline looming for a cutoff of highway aid to states, Senate Republicans failed Tuesday to muster enough votes to take up a bill that would extend transportation programs for six years.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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Dashcam video shows confrontational Texas traffic stop

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Police dashcam video shows a Texas state trooper trying to drag a black motorist from her car after a minor traffic infraction, then drawing his stun gun and threatening her for refusing to follow his orders.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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Study: Women with mild memory problem worsen faster than men

WASHINGTON (AP) — Older women with mild memory impairment worsened about twice as fast as men, according to research that illustrates the especially hard toll that Alzheimer's takes on women.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015

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Obama: echoes of Iraq war mindset in Iran nuke deal critics

PITTSBURGH, Penn. (AP) — Denouncing "chest-beating " critics, President Barack Obama told a veterans group Tuesday that those who oppose the diplomatic agreement to rein in Iran's nuclear program are some of the same people who were quick to want to go to war in Iraq and thought military action there would take only a matter of months.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015

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World mayors at Vatican seek 'bold climate agreement'

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Dozens of mayors from around the world demanded Tuesday that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks this year, saying that could be the last chance to keep the Earth's warming to levels still safe for humanity.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015

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AP News Guide to case of woman found hanged in Texas jail


HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A Texas prosecutor says it's too early to draw any conclusions about the death of a black woman whose family disputes authorities' finding that she hanged herself in a jail cell.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015

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Father of slain California woman urges immigration changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of a California woman shot and killed while walking along a San Francisco pier told Congress Tuesday they support changing the laws that allowed her alleged killer to remain in the United States despite being deported several times.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015

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Man accused of killing 5 was to be charged with 2014 death

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A central California man suspected of killing his mother, baby daughter and three others was about to be charged with a young boy's death last year when the five bodies were discovered, police said.

Martin "Marty" Martinez had been under investigation since the Oct. 2 death of a toddler whose mother, Dr. Amanda Crews, was among the victims found Saturday afternoon in the Modesto home Martinez used to share with her.

Authorities have not determined a motive or released how the five died, including Martinez's and Crews' 6-month-old daughter, her 6-year-old daughter from another relationship and an unidentified 5-year-old.

Child Protective Services had ordered Martinez, 30, to stay away from Crews' surviving children, but the pair's relationship status at the time was not clear, Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll said at a news conference Monday.

"We do not believe that played a factor in this incident," Carroll said of the order.

A pathologist concluded last week that 2-year-old Christopher Ripley died of blunt-force trauma to the head two days after he was taken to a hospital, the police chief said.

Police got a warrant to arrest Martinez in the boy's death Saturday night — after the bodies were found, Carroll said. They didn't get it earlier because they were waiting for the pathologist's written report, he said.

"The Modesto Police did not drop the ball," Carroll said, adding that the investigation into Christopher's death took nine months because the department had to hire an outside pathologist who specializes in neurology.

A "limited" number of law enforcement officials knew the pathologist told police Thursday that Christopher was killed, the police chief said. He believes Martinez did not know of the pathologist's report.

The arrest warrant for Martinez says the pathologist found the "method of death was consistent with Christopher's head hitting the tile floor as a result of abuse," the Modesto Bee reported.

The toddler's day care reported he suffered three suspicious injuries around the time he began potty training. Crews, 38, denied Martinez caused the injuries but acknowledged that he was present during two of them, according to the warrant.

Crews worked for the Stanislaus County Health Service Agency, according to the California Medical Board. The agency didn't return several phone calls.

Authorities found the five bodies around 3:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call asking for a check of the home in an upscale subdivision. A group of law enforcement officials were seen huddling together and praying in front of the house shortly after the grisly discovery.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015

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