Widow penalized for late husband's legal marijuana use

The state of Colorado is denying half the workers' compensation death benefits to a woman whose husband died while working on a Loveland ski lift because he had marijuana in his system
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Cuomo outraises Nixon, but questions about donors linger

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easily outpacing challenger Cynthia Nixon when it comes to campaign contributions, but the Democrat can't shake questions about some past donors
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Texas county approves outside investigation of $525K scam

A Southeast Texas county is hiring a private firm to investigate how scammers defrauded county officials out of more than $525,000 this year
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Ex-New York senator and son convicted of extortion, bribery

Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son have been convicted of bribery, wire fraud and extortion charges at their federal corruption trial
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Florida State to relocate statue near front of campus

Florida State University President John Thrasher has accepted a pair of recommendations by a university panel tasked with reviewing statues and recognitions throughout campus
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Judge questions whether police can comply with overhaul

The judge overseeing Baltimore police reform is questioning whether the police department has the resources or leadership to comply with its agreement with federal officials
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Minnesota criticized for lack of sickle cell care

Advocates for people with sickle cell disease are criticizing Minnesota's lack of care, saying the number of related deaths in the state is unclear because officials don't track adult cases
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Amazon pokes fun at glitches, says tech gadgets popular

Amazon pokes fun at glitches, while retail experts wish for more discounts on national brands
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The Latest: Student complained about doc's exam in letter

Firm investigating allegations that an Ohio State University doctor sexually abused students has documentation about at least one incident that prompted a complaint
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Secretary Perry alma mater says he didn't tilt nuke lab bid

Texas A&M University leaders says Energy Secretary Rick Perry didn't steer a $2.5 billion contract to oversee a top nuclear weapons lab to his beloved alma mater
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Republicans claim Malloy toll study may be waste of money

Republicans are criticizing Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's $10 million study of electronic highway tolls
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Man sentenced for role in killing at Buffalo's Anchor Bar

A New York man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for his role in a fatal shooting inside the bar credited with originating Buffalo-style chicken wings
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NYC officials report 1 fatality in Legionnaires' cluster

New York City health officials have confirmed that one person has died of Legionnaires' disease in a cluster of 18 cases in one Manhattan neighborhood
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Tornado and flash flood warnings pepper state

Tornado warnings have been issued in multiple parts of Connecticut
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Ohio begins preparations to execute killer of man met in bar

Ohio is beginning preparations to execute a condemned killer for a three-decades-old fatal stabbing
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Santorum backs Rep. Black in Tennessee governor race

Former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has become the latest high-profile name involved in the Tennessee GOP governor's race by endorsing U.S. Rep. Diane Black
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Police release likely ID of man found in shallow grave

Authorities in northwestern Pennsylvania say they believe they know the identity of a man found buried in a shallow grave behind an apartment house over the weekend
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Mueller seeks immunity for 5 witnesses in Manafort case

Special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking immunity for five potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort
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Deadline nears for Louisiana homeowners to seek flood aid

Homeowners with damage from the 2016 Louisiana floods have only a few days left to apply for a federally-financed aid program
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North Carolina city to check wastewater for opioid use

A North Carolina city is launching a monitoring project that will target wastewater to determine how many opioids are being consumed
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Case of firefighter accused of setting fires goes federal

The case of a volunteer firefighter accused of setting several separate fires in southern North Dakota has been moved to federal court
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State aims to boost security for election cyber security

New York state is taking steps to ensure its elections infrastructure is protected from cyber attacks by foreign hackers
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Feds: Michigan in need of special education intervention

Federal education officials say Michigan is the only state in the U.S. that needs intervention after failing to meet federal special education requirements this year
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Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts of recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers
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Former Maryland state senator sentenced in bribery case

A federal judge has sentenced a former Maryland state senator to three and a half years in prison in a bribery case
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Medicaid expansion initiative qualifies for Idaho ballot

A Medicaid expansion proposal has received enough signatures and will be on the November ballot
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Lawsuit: Kansas woman not warned of 'CoolSculpting' effects

A woman is suing a Wichita plastic surgery clinic, alleging it failed to warn her of a rare, plumping side effect of a popular body-contouring procedure
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Sharp teeth: Jaguar may have bitten through steel cable

A zoo official in New Orleans says a jaguar that killed nine other animals after escaping over the weekend is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat
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UI settles lawsuit against alumnus for $7.5K

The University of Illinois is paying an alumnus $7,500 to stop selling T-shirts that say "Make Illinois Great Again" with a drawing of the school's former mascot Chief Illiniwek
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The Latest: Condemned Ohio killer 'in good spirits, calm'

An Ohio prisons spokeswoman says a condemned killer is "in good spirits and calm" a day ahead of his scheduled execution
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Missouri stroke, heart attack program in limbo

A Missouri program that designates hospitals as stroke, heart attack and trauma centers is in limbo
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Lucas Oil tycoon continues parties amid neighbor complaints

Neighbors who live near an oil tycoon's sprawling suburban Indianapolis estate say he continues hosting extravagant events despite officials telling him the parties must end
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Soglin won't run for re-election as Madison mayor

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says he will not seek re-election to that post next year, but he's staying in the race for governor
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LA sheriff releases sketch in renewed probe of 2005 killing

Authorities have released a sketch of a man of interest in the unsolved shooting death of a man in Southern California in 2005
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Kansas to give out $5M in security funds to schools

Kansas is distributing $5 million in state grants for security features to improve the safety of children and staff in school buildings operated by more than 150 districts
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Power outages, flash flood warnings

Thunderstorms are knocking out power in some parts of Massachusetts
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Woman sentenced to life as a juvenile released from prison

A woman whose was sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison without parole for capital murder has been released from prison after her sentence was shortened following U.S. and state supreme court rulings finding such sentences to be unconstitutional
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States: Workaround succeeding after cut in health subsidies

California and 17 other states that sued the Trump administration over its decision to cut off Affordable Care Act subsidies say a workaround has largely succeeded
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Trustees OK $1.7M for University of Arkansas medical campus

University of Arkansas trustees have approved a $1.7 million renovation at the school's medical campus in Fayetteville
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Lawyers to focus on addressing immigrant children's trauma

Connecticut lawyers who helped reunify two Central American children and their parents who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by federal authorities say their focus now is ensuring the children get treatment for the trauma they suffered
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Police: 2 Texas residents killed in car crash in New Mexico

Authorities say two Texas residents are dead after a two-car crash in New Mexico's Lea County.
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North Dakota wants new RV safety standards after tornado

A deadly tornado that recently struck a western North Dakota city has prompted state and local officials to call for increased safety standards for RV parks that often house oilfield workers and families
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Florida school, Las Vegas shooting survivors host town hall

Survivors of a high school shooting in Florida joined with teenagers affected by the Las Vegas Strip massacre during a town hall in Nevada addressing school safety and gun laws
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Republicans: Criticism of SC Dem governor nominee falls flat

With less than four months until South Carolina voters pick their next governor, some leading Republican state lawmakers suggest that efforts by a group on their own side exemplify how the gubernatorial campaign has entered the "silly season."
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The Latest: Smoky Yosemite has some tourists leaving early

Some tourists are cutting their trips to Yosemite National Park short as smoke from a nearby wildfire fills the air, but others didn't let it stop them
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Alleged California serial rapist wanted for deportation

Federal immigration authorities say a suspected serial rapist who is charged with posing as a Northern California ride-sharing driver to prey on his victims was living in the country illegally
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Officials ID woman found dead last month in western Iowa

Iowa law enforcement officials have identified a woman whose body was found in western Iowa last month
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Pay raises for Louisiana corrections officers win approval

Louisiana's civil service board has signed off on pay raises for the state's prison guards
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House fire that killed woman, 18, dog said to be accidental

An 18-year-old woman died in a house fire early Tuesday morning in Middletown
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Woman accused of being Russian agent spoke in South Dakota

A 29-year-old gun-rights activist charged Monday with being a covert agent for Russia inside the U.S. spoke of freedom and entrepreneurship at events in South Dakota in 2015
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Nevada man pleads guilty to child sex assault, pornography

A northern Nevada man faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault and child pornography charges in connection with the abuse of a 3-year-old girl
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Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers
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State's unemployment rate unchanged in June

New Hampshire officials say the state's unemployment rate for June was 2.7 percent, unchanged from the May rate
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Land near, around Wichita Greyhound Park is sold at auction

The land under and next to Wichita Greyhound Park has been sold at auction to two men trying to protect what they already own in the area
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Study finds dramatic increase in 2018 Sundance attendance

An economic impact study estimates that attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival increased dramatically over the previous year
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Benedictine hopes to sell Springfield campus for $3M

Benedictine University's president says the school hopes to sell its entire Springfield campus for $3 million to a buyer, who could potentially use the grounds for education
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Massachusetts grad student dies on school trip to Ecuador

Authorities say a Massachusetts graduate student has died during a school-sponsored trip to Ecuador
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$60M in oil spill money to pay for recreational projects

Louisiana will spend $60 million in oil spill recovery money on recreational projects to bolster boating, fishing and outdoor leisure opportunities across coastal parishes
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Horse racing regulators approve sale of Kentucky racetrack

Kentucky horse racing regulators have approved the sale of Ellis Park racetrack to a group that now has a minority ownership stake in the track
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Prosecutor in girl's 1988 killing hails genealogy databases

An Indiana prosecutor who's preparing formal charges against a man in the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl says genealogy databases are powerful new tools for investigators
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The Latest: Suspect in officer death pleads not guilty

The man suspected of killing a Massachusetts police officer as well as an innocent bystander has pleaded not guilty
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Michigan twins run for county seats as political opponents

Twin sisters from western Michigan are running for county commissioner seats, but they aren't endorsing one another
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PSU researcher to study Goldie Hawn's mindfulness program

PSU researcher to study Goldie Hawn's mindfulness program
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FEMA teams to visit northern Wisconsin damaged by flooding

County officials in northern Wisconsin are hoping the Federal Emergency Management Agency will validate their estimates of about $11 million in damages caused by last month's flooding
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Portland chosen for self-driving car pilot program

A Maine city is among seven municipalities that have been selected to help test self-driving car technology
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Springfield man shot by son pleads guilty to burglary

A Springfield man has pleaded guilty to burglary and property damage in an incident that resulted in him being shot by his child
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Car allegedly used in deadly Texas hit-and-run located

Police say a car allegedly used in the hit-and-run death of a Dallas-area bicyclist has been located and a warrant has been issued for the driver
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Friends of stabbing victim say she was stalked before death

Friends of a Maine woman who was stabbed to death outside a downtown Lewiston laundromat say she was stalked
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Suspect in Massachusetts officer death held without bail

The man suspected of killing a Massachusetts police officer as well as an innocent bystander is being held without bail
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Hepatitis A warning issued for eastern IN convenience store

The Indiana State Department of Health and the Wayne County Health Department are recommending people who may have eaten food prepared at an eastern Indiana convenience store to receive a hepatitis A vaccination by July 26 to help prevent the illness
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Mother arraigned after child drowns in home's basement

A Detroit mother has been arraigned in connection with the death of her 11-month-old daughter who drowned in standing water and sewage after falling through a hole in an upstairs floor and into their basement
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Residents left with questions after strange sighting in sky

Many Pendleton residents are questioning what it was they saw in the skies over the town
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Police: Driver was texting just before he struck pedestrian

Police say a Massachusetts driver was texting and speeding in the moments before he struck and killed a pedestrian crossing the street last month
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Missouri court gives jolt of life to long Midwest power line

A proposal for a high-voltage power line carrying wind energy across the Midwest has received a jolt of new life after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that regulators wrongly rejected it
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Malloy orders study of electronic highway tolling

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered a study of electronic highway tolls, saying it will be "invaluable" to the next governor and General Assembly
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South Dakota man killed, woman injured in Nebraska crash

A South Dakota man has died and a woman has been critically injured in a single-vehicle crash in northeastern Nebraska
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Police: Paraplegic man assaulted at least 2 exotic dancers

A Georgia paraplegic man is accused of assaulting at least two exotic dancers
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Ex-director of Emporia State child center gets diversion

The former director of the Emporia State University's early childhood center has been granted diversion for failing to report suspected child abuse or neglect at the center
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Pro sports leagues say racetrack lawsuit is frivolous

Lawyers for the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA say an attempt by a New Jersey horse racing association to collect betting revenue that was lost as the leagues fought to block legalized sports betting is frivolous
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2 sisters plead not guilty to vandalizing Poet's Table

Two sisters have pleaded not guilty to charges they vandalized a popular Black Hills hiking spot known as Poet's Table
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14,000 customers lose power in Florida

Duke Energy says about 14,000 customers have lost power in Florida
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Pro-Second Amendment measure to appear on Klamath ballot

Klamath County voters will decide a pro-Second Amendment measure this fall
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4-year-old boy found dead after central Illinois house fire

Authorities say a 4-year-old boy was found dead after a house fire near Peoria
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Blankfein to step aside as Goldman CEO, Solomon to take over

Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein to retire, to be replaced by David Solomon
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Lawsuit: Detroit councilman extorted food, alcohol from bar

A bar owner has filed a lawsuit that claims a Detroit city councilman extorted more than $5,000 in alcohol and food from the now-closed business
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Sleepy bear that caused stir in Grand Forks euthanized

Authorities have euthanized a bear that caused a stir when it wandered into Grand Forks and decided to take an afternoon nap in a tree in a park
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Legislative panel hears of rise in surprise medical bills

Surprise medical bills are on the rise and Del. Kathy Byron, chair of the legislature's Health Insurance Reform Commission, says Virginia's legislature will act to better protect consumers
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City council votes on resolution supporting injection sites

The Burlington City Council has approved a nonbinding resolution supporting safe injection sites in the city
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Nebraska reports first human case of West Nile this season

Health officials say the first human case of West Nile virus in Nebraska this season has been reported in a western county
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Man sentenced in kidnapping of woman who escaped car trunk

A man has been sentenced to life without parole after being convicted of kidnapping an Alabama woman who later escaped by jumping from the trunk of a moving car
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Lottery scam kingpin's property forfeited; will aid victims

Cash and jewelry seized from a Jamaican man accused of masterminding a large lottery scam in the U.S. will be liquidated and the proceeds doled out to victims under a federal judge's order
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The Latest: 2 dead, 1 critical in small Tahoe plane crash

A second person has died from injuries suffered in a small plane crash near Lake Tahoe
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Candidates say LePage's hold-up of funds defies common sense

Several candidates say the Maine governor's latest push to hold up over $1 million in public campaign funding "flies in the face of common sense" and legal precedent
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