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The Latest: Obama to visit Oregon shooting victims' families
06 Oct 2015 00:59

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- The latest on the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon (all times local):...

Oregon shooter rants in writings about having no girlfriend

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- The gunman who executed nine people at an Oregon community college before killing himself ranted in writings he left behind about not having a girlfriend and thinking everyone else was crazy, a law enforcement official said Monday....

Coast Guard: Missing ship sank, 1 body found, search goes on

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The captain of the 790-foot El Faro planned to bypass Hurricane Joaquin, but some kind of mechanical failure left the U.S. container ship with 33 people aboard helplessly - and tragically - adrift in the path of the powerful storm, the vessel's owners say....

California governor signs right-to-die legislation
JUDY LIN 05 Oct 2015 23:55

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday allowing terminally ill people in the nation's most populous state to take their own lives, saying the emotionally charged bill forced him to consider "what I would want in the face of my own death."...

Publisher apologizes for textbook calling slaves 'workers'
PAUL J. WEBER 05 Oct 2015 23:43

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- One of the biggest publishers in the U.S. apologized Monday for calling slaves brought to America "workers" in a geography textbook used widely in Texas, where the wording went unnoticed during the state's combative and politically charged classroom curriculum reviews....

Amtrak train hits rocks on track, derails in central Vermont
WILSON RING 05 Oct 2015 23:35

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) -- An Amtrak train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., on Monday hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge, spilling the locomotive and a passenger car down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people, authorities said....

The Latest: Obama signs disaster declaration
The Associated Press 05 Oct 2015 23:34

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The latest on the rainstorm that is pounding parts of the East Coast (all times local):...

Woman accused of injecting 14-year-old daughter with heroin
05 Oct 2015 21:41

COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- A suburban Philadelphia woman repeatedly injected her 14-year-old daughter and another teen with heroin, even tying a string around their arms to isolate their veins, prosecutors said Monday....

Q&A: How does the House elect a new speaker?
MARY CLARE JALONICK 05 Oct 2015 20:43

WASHINGTON (AP) -- At noon on Thursday, Republicans will gather behind closed doors and vote by secret ballot for their candidate for the most powerful job in the House, a post that's second in line to the presidency - Speaker of the House....

Mass shootings grab headlines, but others go under radar
RIK STEVENS 05 Oct 2015 05:43

The numbers jump off the page: Nine dead on an Oregon college campus, 12 in a theater in Aurora, Colorado. Thirteen soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood, Texas; 32 people at Virginia Tech; 13 at a community center in Binghamton, New York. Twenty-six dead - 20 of them young children - at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut....

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