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Stephan Howells II, 39, ,left, and Nicole Vaisey, 25
Stephan Howells II, 39, ,left, and Nicole Vaisey, 25 (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff)
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Charges: Couple took, intended to hurt Amish girls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A northern New York couple has been arraigned on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand.

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Pope Francis, center, is greeted by followers as he arrives to attend a vast open-air mass at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jung Yeon-je, Pool)
Pope Francis, center, is greeted by followers as he arrives to attend a vast open-air mass at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jung Yeon-je, Pool)
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Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of people turned out Saturday for one of the highlights of Pope Francis' trip to South Korea: The beatification of 124 Koreans killed for their faith over two centuries ago.

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Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Texas’ Gov. Perry indicted, charged with coercion for veto threat

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

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This talking robot has been hitchhiking rides from strangers to travel from Canada's east to west coast and is nearing the end of its journey.  (AP Photo/Ryerson University)
This talking robot has been hitchhiking rides from strangers to travel from Canada's east to west coast and is nearing the end of its journey. (AP Photo/Ryerson University)
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Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada

TORONTO (AP) -- He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking journey to the Pacific coast.

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Protesters raise their hands in front of police atop an armored vehicle in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)
Protesters raise their hands in front of police atop an armored vehicle in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)
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Military-style street policing and equipment draws criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen-ager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for "militarizing America's Main Streets" and aggravating clashes between police and protesters.

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, center, signing new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines on April 4, 2013, in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, center, signing new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines on April 4, 2013, in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
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Union chief: Returning teachers felt rushed after Newtown

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Teachers felt they were rushed into returning to the classroom following the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president of the local teachers union said Friday.

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The Southern California roller coaster that was the world's tallest and fastest when it opened in 1978 retires Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
The Southern California roller coaster that was the world's tallest and fastest when it opened in 1978 retires Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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Last scream for California’s Colossus roller coaster, circa 1978

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- It's last call for Colossus.

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Artist rendering of Fannie Miller, 12, who with her Delila, 6, vanished from a roadside vegetable stand near their home in Oswegatchie, N.Y.  (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)
Artist rendering of Fannie Miller, 12, who with her Delila, 6, vanished from a roadside vegetable stand near their home in Oswegatchie, N.Y. (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)
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Police: 2 Amish sisters, now safe, were kidnapped in upstate NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Residents of a peaceful rural community are reluctant let their children play outdoors unattended and some took down their farm stands after two young Amish sisters were kidnapped from their family's roadside stand, officials said Friday.

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Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson releases the name of the the officer accused of fatally shooting Michael Brown
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson releases the name of the the officer accused of fatally shooting Michael Brown (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Chief clarifies: Ferguson police officer didn’t know Brown was a suspect

A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars.

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Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol hugs Angela Whitman in Ferguson, Missouri
Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol hugs Angela Whitman in Ferguson, Missouri (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)
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Turmoil, tear gas give way to hope in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — County police in riot gear and armored tanks gave way to state troopers walking side-by-side with thousands of protesters as the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot by a city police officer overwhelmingly avoided violence Thursday after nearly a week of unrest and mounting public tension.

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