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TYLER, Texas (AP) — A defense attorney for a former nurse accused of killing four patients at an East Texas hospital in 2017 told jurors Tuesday that his client was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, while a prosecutor called him “a serial killer” who found the perfect place to hide.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An Anne Arundel County judge sentenced the man who killed five Capital Gazette employees to the maximum penalty allowable under law Tuesday, bringing an end to the court case stemming from the mass shooting that shocked Annapolis and ensuring the gunman spends the rest of hi…

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Bold Nebraska and allied landowners with the Nebraska Easement Action Team rejoiced on Monday at the news that TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) has finally agreed to terminate easements still being sought via eminent domain proceedings in Nebraska county courts for its now-terminated Keystone XL pipeline project.

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Jason Thornburg described himself as having in-depth knowledge of the Bible. He believed he was called to commit sacrifices, he told Fort Worth police before his arrest this week in a triple homicide of a man and two women whose dismembered bodies were found burned in a d…

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On a recent Monday morning, a group of preschoolers filed into the gymnasium at Hillside School in the west Chicago suburbs. These 4- and 5-year-olds were the first of more than 200 students to get tested for the coronavirus that day — and every Monday — for the foreseeable future.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Selene San Felice said she often questioned how or why she survived the shooting that left five others dead at a Maryland newspaper. Montana Winters Geimer described the grievous loss she and the community suffered when her mother, longtime local journalist Wendi Winter…

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ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia city did not violate the constitutional rights of a Sons of Confederate Veterans group when it banned the Confederate battle flag from its annual parade honoring veterans of American wars, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to six years and five months in prison for stealing the identities of local, state and federal officials in a case involving more than $50,000 in fraudulent payments, authorities said.

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ATLANTA — Fewer Georgia voters lack a driver’s license or state ID than initially reported by state election officials, leaving 2% of registered voters without an ID number for absentee voting.

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LINCOLN — Nebraska moved one step closer to getting new congressional and legislative boundaries on Tuesday after lawmakers advanced redrawn district maps to a final vote in the Legislature.

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LEAWOOD, Kan., Sept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Sterling Ransone, Jr., MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Deltaville, Virginia, today assumes the role of president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 133,500 physicians and medical students nationwide. As AAFP president, Ransone advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients across the country to inspire positive changes in the U.S. health care system.

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LEAWOOD, Kan., Sept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Family Physicians announced the recipients of its most prestigious awards at its annual meeting this week. Three family physicians from across the nation were recognized for their outstanding contributions to family medicine and the health of the public. Each of these awards recognizes a family physician who has made exceptional advances in furthering the health of their communities through service and education.

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STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri prosecutor said Tuesday he has charged five employees of a private Christian boarding school with abusing students — far fewer than the number of charges recommended by state investigators.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The family of slain traveler Gabby Petito on Tuesday implored the public and news media to put the same energy into helping find other missing people as they did Petito, a 22-year-old woman who vanished on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend.

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Eleanor Reeds, an assistant professor with the Hastings College department of languages and literatures, will give an Invited Faculty Lecture titled “Uncovering a ‘Queer Tongue’ in Dracula” 1 p.m. Sept. 29 in French Memorial Chapel on campus, 800 N. Turner Ave.

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PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel says a northwestern Indiana plant's discharge of elevated levels of iron were the cause of an orange plume that entered a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting the closure of several nearby beaches and a water treatment facility.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of four hydroelectric dams on the Kennebec River sued two Maine agencies on Monday alleging they improperly cooperated on fish passage regulations that impact the future of the dams and fish populations.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Winter Wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade Tue:

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A pledge by nine grantmakers to give $5 billion to conservation efforts that address threats to biodiversity and to help curb climate change is taking a different approach than philanthropy has embraced in the past — one that may require those organizations to do things differently.

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LEAWOOD, Kan., Sept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Family Physicians held elections for its board of directors this week at its annual Congress of Delegates, the organization's governing body. Members of the board of directors advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system. The AAFP represents 133,500 physicians and medical students.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a passenger on a hot air balloon that crashed and killed five people in Albuquerque in June is suing the estate of the deceased pilot and the companies that operated the commercial balloon.

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Vehicles reportedly driven by Zinnia Flores of 1410 E. South St. and Jessica Trochez of 1203 E. Park St. collided Sept. 23 at South Street near Pine Avenue.

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DONIPHAN — The 85th annual Doniphan Fall Festival here Saturday will continue the tradition of raising funds for Cedarview Cemetery north of town.

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SAN DIEGO — About two-thirds of California voters in a recent survey said they would support a constitutional amendment requiring specific reasons for a recall vote against a governor, such as corruption or criminal acts.

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Sept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Intouch Group, a full-service global agency network serving the pharmaceutical industry, today announced the addition of Intouch Market Access as its eighth affiliate to address the ever-evolving needs of clients.