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Florida executes man for Illinois woman's 1986 murder

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has executed 51-year-old William Happ for the 1986 rape and strangulation of a woman he encountered by chance in a convenience store parking lot.


Florida bullying case: Girls aged 12 and 14 charged

JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press
MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press


Durbin: more moderates needed to end shutdown, debt ceiling debates

Illinois' Senior Senator said he's hopeful that more lawmakers will break ranks and vote to end the partial government shutdown and also to raise the debt limit.

Democrat Dick Durbin pointed to his fellow Illinois lawmaker, Republican Senator Mark Kirk, who recently said he would vote to raise the debt ceiling.

Durbin said more of that type of attitude is needed.


Transcript of Obama speech at U.N.

Remarks of President Barack Obama as prepared for delivery to the United Nations General Assembly, New York, Sept. 24, 2013. Provided by the White House.


Transcript of Obama's remarks at King ceremony

A transcript, provided by the White House, of President Obama's remarks at the "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 2013, marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. 


Transcript of Obama's speech on the economy

Here is a transcript, provided by the White House, on the speech on Wednesday in at Knox College in Galesburg by President Obama.


House takes up far-reaching anti-abortion bill

JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press


Oklahoma twisters May 2013

Images from the Associated Press of the severe weather damage in Oklahoma on Monday, May 20, 2013.


Bangladesh collapse survivor rescued after 17 days

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — A seamstress buried for 17 days in the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory building in Bangladesh was rescued Friday, a miraculous moment set against the unimaginable horror of the more than 1,000 bodies recovered so far.


Blue Cross merger plan clears state hurdle

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A proposed merger between the nation's fourth-largest health insurer and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana is now in the hands of a former state Supreme Court justice.


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