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Tulsa volunteer deputy sold company for $6 million to go back to police work

After he sold his insurance company for around $6 million, Robert Bates sought to return to police work.

Number of LDS converts, missionaries increasing; conversion rate declines

A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn't lead to an... Read more »

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Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against... Read more »

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Obama open to 'creative negotiations' on Iran sanctions

President Barack Obama on Friday left open the door to "creative negotiations" in response to Iran's demand that punishing sanctions be immediately lifted as part of a nuclear deal, even though the... Read more »

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Family wins back seized gold coins that could be worth $80M

A Philadelphia family has been awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict. Read more »

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Wife of gyrocopter pilot: 'Very brave,' but he broke the law

A Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn to call attention to his belief that campaign finance laws are too weak is a patriot, his wife said in a brief interview... Read more »

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Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. Read more »

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Intersex surgeries spark move away from drastic treatment

She was born to a young Chicago couple, named Jennifer, and grew into a beautiful long-lashed child with wavy dark hair, big brown eyes and a yearning, youthful desire to be just like all the other... Read more »

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Group wants to bring back Native Hawaiian burial traditions

A group of Native Hawaiians wants to bring back a centuries-old island burial practice that it says is more environmentally friendly than some modern interment methods. Read more »

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Wizardry fans play Harry Potter-like game at Polish castle

At a 13th-century castle in Poland, wizards and witches are sneaking through the halls and stone staircases of the College of Wizardry that opened this weekend for Harry Potter's devotees. Read more »

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Global finance leaders see economy strengthening

Financial officials from the world's major economies on Friday welcomed modest improvements in the global economy while side-stepping fears rattling global financial markets that Greece will... Read more »

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The Latest: GOP White House hopefuls gather in New Hampshire

A big weekend in 2016 presidential politics is underway in New Hampshire, where nearly 20 Republican White House prospects will court voters this weekend at a state GOP meeting in Nashua. Read more »

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Obama: World would be 'pretty barren' without poetry

Poetry helps people understand themselves and each other, and the world would be "pretty barren" without it, President Barack Obama said Friday. Read more »

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After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots

To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. Read more »

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24 new HIV cases reported in Indiana outbreak, 130 total

An Indiana county at the heart of an HIV outbreak has seen a "significant increase" in the number of cases more than two weeks into a short-term needle exchange program approved by Gov. Mike Pence,... Read more »

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Google shaking up search recommendations on smartphones

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. Read more »

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AP Was There: Original AP report of Oklahoma bombing

EDITOR'S NOTE: On April 19, 1995, a former U.S. Army soldier parked a rented Ryder truck packed with explosives outside a federal building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people and injured... Read more »

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McVeigh defense archive shows bomber viewed blast as failure

Timothy McVeigh considered the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building 20 years ago somewhat of a failure, viewed himself as a "Paul Revere-type messenger" and even suggested his defense team... Read more »

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Q&A on the Gulf, resilient but scarred 5 years after spill

Five years after the BP well explosion, there is no single, conclusive answer to how the Gulf of Mexico is doing, but there are many questions. Read more »

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Amid growing migrant crisis, 20 burn victims rescued at sea

The unabated flow of migrants fleeing instability in Libya brought a new horror on Friday: The discovery of 20 migrants adrift at sea who had suffered grave burn injuries in a cooking gas explosion... Read more »

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Sunken aircraft carrier rediscovered off California coast

Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago. Read more »

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Michael Phelps fails to qualify for 400 free in Arizona

Michael Phelps failed to qualify for the 400-meter freestyle final in Arizona on Friday, finishing 17th overall in his first meet since serving a six-month suspension. Read more »

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Disney measles outbreak that sparked vaccination debate ends

An outbreak of measles that popped up at Disneyland in late December soon spread to six other U.S. states, Mexico and Canada. Health officials suspect an infected traveler, who caught the virus... Read more »

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Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town

A mentally disabled Colorado man was sentenced to 100 years in prison Friday for the murder of a Montana teacher whose death highlighted the downsides of an oil boom that's sweeping across the... Read more »

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Police: Man kills 2 brothers, mom, woman over business fight

Authorities have removed five bodies from a north Phoenix home where a man shot and killed his two brothers, his mother and one of their wives before taking his own life. Read more »

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