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Toddler dies in Spokane fire, his dog huddled at his side


SEATTLE (AP) -- A toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, a spokesman for Spokane's fire department said Saturday....

Official: Gas spill has had no impact on water so far


WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- There has been little impact to the water supply so far from a ruptured pipeline during a freak storm in Pennsylvania that sent nearly 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a creek tributary, officials said Saturday....

Cincinnati braces for racially charged police shooting trial


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Under tight courthouse security and close monitoring by local officials concerned about keeping the peace, jury selection begins Tuesday for the murder trial of a white university police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop....

No discipline for Minneapolis cops in Jamar Clark slaying


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Two Minneapolis police officers followed proper procedure in a confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark in November, and won't face discipline, the city's police chief announced....

AP Exclusive: 'High threat' Texas border busts aren't always


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Drivers in Texas busted for drunken driving, not paying child support or low-level drug offenses are among thousands of "high-threat" criminal arrests being counted as part of a nearly $1 billion mission to secure the border with Mexico, an Associated Press analysis has found....

Major California river adding key ingredient: water


FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn....

Prince Albert buys Philadelphia home of mom Grace Kelly


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia home where Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly grew up and accepted a marriage proposal from Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955 is now in the hands of the royal family....

Stray cat patrol: Feral felines deployed in NYC war on rats


NEW YORK (AP) -- Multitudes of feral cats roam New York City's concrete jungle, and some now have a practical purpose: They're helping curb the city's rat population....

From Utah, McMullin calls for 'new conservative movement'


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two months after he jumped into the presidential race as a political unknown, independent candidate Evan McMullin is surging in Utah polls and drawing large crowds of Republican-leaning voters fed up with Donald Trump's crudeness and antics....

Report: California soldiers must repay enlistment bonuses


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers have been ordered to repay huge enlistment bonuses a decade after signing up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, a newspaper reported Saturday....