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Appomattox wrestles with how to give itself a future

This modest and welcoming community is gripped with an identity crisis.

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New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

The Obama administration announced new measures to allow some companies to opt out of paying for birth control.

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64 die in mosque attack; Sunnis halt talks

Attack undermines efforts to form a new government in Iraq.

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Oklahoma officer accused in 6 sexual assaults

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City police officer is accused of sexually assaulting black women while he should have been patrolling the city — sometimes targeting women walking alone and at other times assaulting motorists he pulled over on city streets.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax: Take control of relationship

Advice from Carolyn Hax: Take control of relationship

How do you draw the line between abuser and the victim? 

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Ice bucket challenge could change nonprofit world

Ice bucket challenge could change nonprofit world

NEW YORK — The ice bucket challenge’s phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors.

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Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful Shiite rebel group escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of a prime minister they depict as "manipulated" by their rival Islamist group, the M…

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UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

GENEVA (AP) — The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday.

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ASU delays opening of planned campus in Mexico

JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State University is delaying the target opening date of its new campus in Mexico until 2016.

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$1 billion iPad initiative flawed, says LA school district

$1 billion iPad initiative flawed, says LA school district

LOS ANGELES — The groundbreaking effort to provide an iPad to every Los Angeles student, teacher and school administrator was beset by inadequate planning, a lack of transparency and a flawed bidding process, according to a draft of an internal school district report obtained by the Los Ange…

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'Masters of Sex' has become surprisingly topical

The show offers some historical context for what's happening in Ferguson now.

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Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

FOWLER, N.Y. (AP) — A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.

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Ice bucket challenge goes awry; firefighters hurt

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Four firefighters were injured — two seriously — when a fire truck’s ladder got too close to a power line after they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge, police said Thursday.

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Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

WASHINGTON — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How…

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Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

HARTFORD, Conn. — Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.

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Study: Wealth gap widened in the last decade

NEW YORK (AP) — A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.

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New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

WASHINGTON — The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

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China tries five cult members for murder of woman they tried to recruit

BEIJING — Five people went on trial Thursday in China on charges of beating a woman to death in a McDonald's restaurant after unsuccessfully trying to recruit her to join their Christian cult.

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Nearly 300 women, children deported from immigration detention centers

TUCSON — Nearly 300 Central American women and children have been deported from family detention centers that opened in the wake of a recent influx of people illegally crossing the Southwest border.

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Let neurons roam free in final weeks of summer

Let neurons roam free in final weeks of summer

1 in 5  say they never fully relax on vacation. This cannot stand.

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