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Famous LA mountain lion exposed to rodent poison

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion that appeared strong and healthy as it ruled a wilderness park in the middle of Los Angeles has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange.

Police taught to spot psychiatric crisis

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely.

Army pal receives 39-year-old letter

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — An Army veteran in Washington state finally has received a letter from Monroe that first was dropped in the mail 39 years ago.

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CA bus crash kills 10

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A college visit by more than 40 high school students turned tragic when a FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a grassy highway median and slammed into their bus in a fiery wreck that left 10 people dead, authorities said.

Online tax fraud growing

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Laura Hankins knew something was wrong when she filed her daughter’s tax return and it was rejected hours later: An identity thief already had sent in a return using the 19-year-old’s personal information.

Man charged in 9 deaths says he killed 40

FRESNO, Calif. — Authorities say that a man charged with carrying out nine contract killings in Central California has confessed that he actually killed 40 people over several decades.

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Rough seas prolong family rescue

Ailing infant, parents had struggled with disabled boat

Senate panel orders ‘Cuban Twitter’ review

Committee seeks all transmission to Cuba

Cadets take on NSA

Cyberspace exercises take on modern problems at the U.S. Military Academy

BLM budget focuses on wild horses, sage grouse

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wild-horse fertility control and sage-grouse habitat conservation are among top priorities in the proposed $1.1 billion budget for the federal Bureau of Land Management.

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Schools start testing ‘smarter balance’

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — It’s test time for Idaho students — and for the test itself. Starting in March, Idaho public schools have begun field testing the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests aligned with new Common Core State Standards.

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Storms sock the Southeast, killing 2 people

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars.

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Nevada rancher’s son freed as BLM collects cattle

Round-up of grazing cattle sparks conflict

Fort Hood gunman showed no previous violence

FORT HOOD, Texas — The soldier who killed three people before committing suicide in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009 had shown no recent risks of violence, authorities said Thursday.

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Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

WASHINGTON — New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients’ diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.

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