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Muddy wasteland awaits Obama’s visit to mudslide

When President Barack Obama arrives Tuesday in Oso, Wash., one month after a massive mudslide obliterated a rural neighborhood on the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, he’ll find a haunting wasteland. The slide left a sewage-smelling swamp of gray clay and brown dirt, woven with roots and branches and dotted here with the twisted wreckage of a red pickup truck and there with a young girl’s pink flip-flop.

Grandmother left vengeful note after murders of 2 boys

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A woman who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys’ parents saying they did not deserve to have the children, according to a police report.

Year after blast, Texas town ponders new plant

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Leaders in a Central Texas town devastated last year by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion are contemplating building a new one, calling it a crucial step in West’s economic recovery.

Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty

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A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said.

Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

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The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is right only about half the time.

Prosecutor: Body fits description of missing boy

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A child’s body found off a highway in central Massachusetts on Friday matches the height and weight of a missing 5-year-old boy who has been missing for seven months, and whose disappearance led to calls for changes in the state’s child welfare agency, authorities said.

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Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

Woman convicted in hammer beating speaks to jury

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An Arizona woman convicted of bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer made a tearful plea for mercy Thursday, telling the jury deciding her fate that she is sorry for her actions and wishes she could go back and undo the pain she caused.

Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers

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A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman’s constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities, one of several recent federal court decisions to scrutinize the practice of keeping people in jail after they’re eligible for release so that they can be considered for deportation.

Denver police eye 911 response time after killing

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Authorities were investigating Wednesday whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot at least 12 minutes into a 911 call in which she said her husband was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him.

Round 2: Court takes up Oklahoma gay-marriage case

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Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage and the clerk who refused to grant them a license head to a federal appeals court Thursday with the rare opportunity to build on arguments the judges heard in a similar case just a week earlier.

Experts say video doesn’t show Earhart wreckage

Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific shows no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

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Defense says bombing suspect’s family key to case

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Wednesday that understanding Tsarnaev’s family is key to their case, offering a glimpse of the defense strategy as they prepare to defend him against charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty.

US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban

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A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they’re pregnant.

Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

Once again, Portland officials are preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because a young person urinated into a city reservoir.

Death toll in Washington mudslide hits 39

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The death toll from the massive mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso last month has risen to 39, officials said Wednesday.