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Officer Gave Security Guard ‘Multiple Verbal Commands’ To Drop Gun, Police Now Say

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By Tuesday afternoon, a small memorial had sprung up for Roberson in Manny’s parking lot. Candles spelled out his first name, and a small, brightly colored electric keyboard lay next to them.

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2 Years Later, 4 Family Members Arrested For Gruesome Ohio Murders

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Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader announces arrests after the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago.

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Florida Man Accused Of Making ‘Highly Volatile’ Explosive Popular With ISIS

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Jared Coburn, 37, “tried to explain to us that he was making his own version of a firework,” Lake Helen Police Chief Mike Walker said.

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CHART: Election Recounts Are Rare, Reversals Almost Unheard Of

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Workers load ballots into machines at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill, Fla.

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California’s Camp Fire Becomes The Deadliest In State History

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Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while searching through the remains of their home, leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif.

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How Big Is Amazon? Its Many Businesses In One Chart

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Since its creation in 1994, Amazon has grown far beyond books. It’s become almost synonymous with online shopping, while building a large physical footprint of warehouses and stores, a workforce of more than 600,000 people and a cloud business used extensively by the U.S. government, among others.

Amazon is not the dominant player in many of its sectors. But its range has helped it become the second most-valuable U.S. company, behind only Apple. A rumor of Amazon’s interest in a ...

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R.I.P. HAL: Douglas Rain, Voice Of Computer In ‘2001,’ Dies At 90

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Douglas Rain in Canada, July of this year.

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New Physical Activity Guidelines Urge Americans: Move More, Sit Less

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Getting physical activity every day can help maintain health throughout your life.

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Farm Supervisor Faces Charges Over Australia’s Needles-In-Strawberries Scare

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A strawberry is shown on a fork at a restaurant in Sydney in September. The tainting of supermarket strawberries with sewing needles prompted a scare across Australia; now, a farm supervisor is facing charges.

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Looming Shutdown Of The Navajo Generating Station Means New Jobs Far From Home

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The Navajo Generating Station, the west’s largest coal-fired electricity plant, will be shut down at the end of next year unless a new owner can be found. Many of the 500 employees are already finding work far from the reservation.

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To Decrease Bird Kills, Cat Lovers Team Up With Bird Lovers In D.C. Cat Count

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Each year, 3,000 to 4,000 cats are adopted through the Humane Rescue Alliance, and another 1,000 ferals are trapped, neutered and released in Washington, D.C. Cat lovers have joined up with bird lovers to count the feral cats in the city.

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Iran And Trading Partners Will Find Ways To Skirt Sanctions, Analysts Say

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Part of the Pardis petrochemical complex facilities in Assaluyeh, on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf, Iran. The United States has reimposed sanctions targeting Iran’s economy.

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