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First major poverty drop since '06; Latinos improve

WASHINGTON — The poorest Americans, particularly those who are Latino, finally are showing signs of joining in the economic recovery as the nation’s poverty rate dropped significantly last year for the first time since 2006.

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AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to s…

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AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to s…

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AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to s…

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AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to s…

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AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

WASHINGTON (AP) — Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney G…

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Top general: US troops possible in Iraq

Top general: US troops possible in Iraq

WASHINGTON — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama’s plan to expand airstrikes and train Syri…

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Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

A member of the anti-war group CodePink interrupts a Senate hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey.

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Flagstaff introduces vouchers for panhandlers

Flagstaff introduces vouchers for panhandlers

Richard Russler, 77, is one of many of Flagstaff’s homeless who will be affected by a new program replacing cash with “Better Bucks.”

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Flagstaff introduces vouchers for panhandlers

Flagstaff introduces vouchers for panhandlers

City hopes coupons for goods — rather than cash — will discourage substance abuse. 

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School bus driver killed during safety drill

School bus driver killed during safety drill

Student book bags are removed from the scene of an accident on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. Police say a school bus driver was killed when the bus rolled over her during an evacuation drill outside an Akron charter school. A police spokesman says the 51-year-old driver sacrificed…

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School bus driver killed during safety drill

School bus driver killed during safety drill

Akron police work at the scene of an accident involving a school bus on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. Police say a school bus driver was killed when the bus rolled over her during an evacuation drill outside an Akron charter school. A police spokesman says the 51-year-old driver s…

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School bus driver killed during safety drill

School bus driver killed during safety drill

Student book bags are removed from the scene of an accident on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. Police say a school bus driver was killed when the bus rolled over her during an evacuation drill outside an Akron charter school. A police spokesman says the 51-year-old driver sacrificed…

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School bus driver killed during safety drill

School bus driver killed during safety drill

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday morning before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed.

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Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

Man says he’s a menace to society and can’t live knowing that.

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Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

Convict Frank Van Den Bleeken appears in court in Brussels, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2013. Van Den Bleeken convicted of murder and rape who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychiatric condition was incurable, an official and a l…

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American Airlines customer-service agents approve union

American Airlines customer-service agents approve union

The vote reverses an earlier, narrow defeat for organized labor.

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Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a …

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Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 file photo, Iraqi lawmakers attend a session to approve the new government in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament rejected defense and interior nominees on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intens…

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Big cities take aim at prescription painkillers

WASHINGTON — Some of the nation’s largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets.

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