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Why would GOP candidate for Missouri governor kill himself?
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state's most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, when he launched an anti-corruption campaign for governor last month....

8 shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage
TYRONE, Mo. (AP) -- A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks....

Black Madam: Amber Rose hired me to plump her posterior
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London break dancer with an illegal buttocks injection name-dropped her way through testimony Friday, saying one of the celebrities who sought her out became "a walking billboard" for her work....

Testimony: Several Hernandez texts are missing from phone
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- Texts and phone records shown to jurors Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez showed that several messages he exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing were deleted from his phone....

Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana
TULALIP, Wash. (AP) -- The Justice Department's December announcement that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution - if not silence or opposition - from many tribes....

Parents of slain journalist: Next 'Jihadi John' is on way
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The parents of an American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State group say they are surprised a college-educated, London-raised man is the masked militant known as "Jihadi John" from the video of their son's slaying but also realize stopping him won't end the bloodshed....

Driver freed without charges in California train crash
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Federal investigators said a pickup truck driver who turned on to railroad tracks before a crash that derailed a California commuter train made a "mistake," while prosecutors released him from jail as they considered whether to pursue criminal charges....

New charges for group that disrupted Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prosecutors took a hard line Thursday with demonstrators who participated in a rare disruption inside the U.S. Supreme Court, adding additional charges against them and saying disrupting the high court is different from other protests in the nation's capital....

Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newborns
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life....

Head injury to suspect as child could be used by defense
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A fractured skull suffered by an infant nearly two decades ago at the hands of his father might become a factor as lawyers defend the now 19-year-old man against charges connected to the killing of a Las Vegas mother in a neighborhood gunbattle, his lawyer said Friday....

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