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Last surviving member of crew that dropped atomic bomb on Hiroshima dies at 93

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ATLANTA (AP) — The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia.

Theodore VanKirk, also known as “Dutch,” died Monday of …

Georgia girl struck by plane on Florida beach dies

Law enforcement officials in Florida say a 9-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered when she was hit by a plane that crash-landed on the beach where she was walking with her father.

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

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WASHINGTON — In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and Putin’s grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers

Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia.

Ala. man claims penis mistakenly amputated during circumcision

An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.

Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government. Yatsenyuk made the announcement from the dais of the parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. “I am announcing my resignation in connect …

Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

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Arizona officials say a murderer who was sentenced to death has died nearly two hours after his execution started.

Judge rules Colorado gay marriage ban unconstitutional

A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month.

Photo: Father beats man unconscious for molesting his son, 11

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A Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son early Friday morning, police said.

In Seattle, delivering legal pot illegally

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SEATTLE (AP) — William “Jackrabbit” Large pulls his SUV onto the side of a downtown Seattle street, parking behind an Amazon Fresh delivery truck and carrying a product the online retailer doesn’t offer: marijuana.

The thin, bespectacled Large is a delivery man for Winterlife, a …

Journalist, activist released by US Border Patrol

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McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Prominent immigration activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who has lived and worked in the U.S. illegally for years, was released by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Tuesday after they detained him at a South Texas airport.

Border Patrol …

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returns to regular US Army duty

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Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular Army duty Monday and will be made available to Army investigators for questioning about his disappearance in 2009.

Guatemalan boy who died hoping to reach brother in Chicago buried in hometown

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A 15-year-old Guatemalan boy whose death became a symbol of the perils facing children attempting to illegally cross in to the United States was buried in his hometown Saturday, amid prayers and tears from his family. When his decomposed remains were found, Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez had scribbled inside his belt buckle the phone number of an older brother in Chicago he had hoped to reach.

Kitten thrown off Georgia bridge, swims to shore

Animal control officers say a 10-week-old kitten that was thrown over the railing of a bridge and into the Intracoastal Waterway survived and is recovering at an animal shelter, and police seeking the person who tossed him.

Judge: Gay couples can keep marrying in Colorado

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DENVER (AP) — Gay couples can keep getting married in Colorado, even though the state’s gay marriage ban is still in effect, a judge ruled Thursday.

The decision by District Court Judge Andrew Hartman added to the national confusion over same-sex marriage, as he found …