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Cops finish pizza delivery after Pizza Hut driver injured

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PORTLAND, Ore. — After a pizza delivery driver was injured in a crash in Portland, Oregon, two police officers completed the delivery for him. Steve Huckins said that he and his wife were concerned Sept. 1 when the officers showed up at their home, but …

Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state

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Last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don’t recognize gay marriages.

Pentagon says Khorasan group was nearing U.S. attack

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In a separate action from the air strikes against the Islamic State group, the U.S. bombed a cell of al-Qaida militants in northwestern Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the U.S. or Europe, Pentagon officials say.

Police: 3 people dead in shooting at UPS facility

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Police say three people have been killed in a shooting at a UPS facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham police Lt. Sean Edwards tells The Associated Press that the gunman was killed along with two other people in the Tuesday morning gunfire.

Kentucky firefighter shocked during ‘ice bucket challenge’ dies

A central Kentucky firefighter injured in an “ice bucket challenge” has died a month after a power line shocked him and another man.

White House intruder prompts boost in security

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The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said Saturday.

Man commits suicide after killing 6 grandkids, daughter: cops

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BELL, Fla. — A man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at a home in a small town in North Florida Thursday, a sheriff said.

NASA’s Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend

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Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night.

2014 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners unveiled

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CHICAGO — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.”

The Chicago-based John …

Obama to send 3,000 from military to help fight Ebola in W. Africa

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

Others pitch in to finish deceased Scout’s project

About 70 people worked this weekend to help finish an Eagle Scout project left incomplete after a Pittsburgh area teen died during football practice.

Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder

A Georgia man whose son died after he was left in a hot car for seven hours has been charged with murder in the toddler’s death.