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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bag... Full Story

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  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags
    California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems.

  • Police hold evidence in UVa missing student case
    Police hold evidence in UVa missing student case

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The lawyer for the man charged in a University of Virginia student's disappearance says police haven't told him what evidence they have against his client in that case or another young woman's disappearance and death.

  • Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading
    Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man who had been suspended from his job was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a co-worker, who was attacked from behind as the man sought revenge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

  • School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap
    School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:

  • Officer kills man through car door in his driveway
    Officer kills man through car door in his driveway

    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) — Ernest Satterwhite was a laid-back former mechanic with a habit of ignoring police officers who tried to pull him over — an act of defiance that ultimately got him killed.

  • Marathon bombing suspects' sister faces NYC judge
    Marathon bombing suspects' sister faces NYC judge

    NEW YORK (AP) — A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on allegations that she threatened to "put a bomb" on a perceived romantic rival, which her lawyer called "an uncorroborated claim."

  • Colorado high court considers pot firing case
    Colorado high court considers pot firing case

    DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.

  • Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge
    Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.

  • Parents charged in death of son found in home
    Parents charged in death of son found in home

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania married couple have been charged with homicide in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found when police were called to their Harrisburg home two months ago.

  • Dozens of possible jurors rejected in Arias case
    Dozens of possible jurors rejected in Arias case

    PHOENIX (AP) — Roughly a third of 300 potential jurors were dismissed Monday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after telling a judge they had seen too much media coverage of her first trial to be impartial or had already made up their minds about her punishment.

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    Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.

  • Police link 2nd case to missing Va. student arrest

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A forensic clue uncovered in the investigation of a missing University of Virginia student has led investigators to believe they have "a significant break" in the unsolved death of another young woman who had vanished from the campus five years ago, police said Monday, and perhps an unsolved rape from years before.

  • White House intruder got far past front door
    White House intruder got far past front door

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned o protect the president's life.

  • White House front door now locks automatically

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the front door to the White House now locks automatically in a security breach.

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