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Army general to face sex charges in court

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Once a rising star among the U.S. Army’s top battle commanders, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair is now fighting sexual assault charges that could land him life in a military prison if convicted.

Fire marshal: E-cigarette batteries can cause fires

MEDFORD (AP) — The lithium batteries that power the vaporizers in electronic cigarettes have caused two recent fires in Medford, and fire officials say users should be careful with the newly popular devices.

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California soaking brings little drought help

AZUSA, Calif. — A storm that brought some of the highest rainfall totals to the Los Angeles area in years, including eight inches on some mountains, was just the beginning of what the region needs to pull out of a major drought.

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Airlines may be experiencing pilot shortages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regional airlines report difficulty over the past year in finding enough pilots to hire, but it isn’t clear whether there is a shortage of pilots, a government watchdog said in a report released Friday.

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Powerful storm hits California

Ushers in new worries for state

13 exposed to radiation at New Mexico plant

puncturing a canister, Farok Sharif, president of the Nuclear Waste Partnership, said Monday before a community meeting in Carlsbad.

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Arizona governor’s veto aimed at own party’s right

Veto slaps down anti-gay bill

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New food labels would highlight calories and sugar

WASHINGTON — Those “Nutrition Facts” labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.

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Tiny houses help address homeless issue

Occupy Madison promotes houses as shelter alternative

Last dry town in Conn. reconsiders

HARTFORD, Conn. — The last dry town in Connecticut is considering whether to give up on Prohibition.

Study finds overdiagnosis of thyroid cancer

CHICAGO — A dramatic rise in thyroid cancer has resulted from overdiagnosis and treatment of tumors too small to ever cause harm, according to a study that found cases nearly tripled since 1975.

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Rare disease cripples children in California

Any child showing a sudden onset of weakness in their limbs or symptoms of paralysis should be immediately seen by a doctor.

Tribal killing suspect target of probe

ALTURAS, Calif. — The woman who police say killed three family members and a worker at the headquarters building for an Indian tribe that was evicting her and her son from its land was the target of a federal investigation into at least $50,000 in missing tribal funds.

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