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Severe storms loom across central, southern US this weekend
A large section of the Midwest and southern United States are at risk for strong tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hail, rain and flash flooding this weekend, forecasters said Thursday.
Yankees' Pineda suspended 10 games for pine tar use
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday, for using pine tar to help him grip the ball during a game against the Boston Red Sox.
NCAA approves giving greater power to major conference schools
The NCAA's board of directors endorsed a new proposal Thursday, giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization.
Colorado lawmakers to tax marijuana sales for revenue boost
The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it has also made clear it doesn't agree with the move and may even try to stop it.
Chicago to name new high school after President Obama
President Obama's hometown of Chicago will soon have a high school named after him. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama's former Chief of Staff, on Thursday announced plans to build the Barack Obama College Preparatory High School.
Rivers refuses to apologize to Cleveland women held captive
Controversial entertainment personality Joan Rivers on Thursday publicly refused to apologize to two of the women who were rescued last year, after being held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade.
Suspect in Los Angeles police station shootout dies, officials say
A man who allegedly opened fire in a Los Angeles police station earlier this month -- wounding an officer -- has died from injuries sustained in the gunfight, officials said Thursday.
NY man who shot subway muggers in 1984 now faces drug charge
Bernhard Goetz -- the man who made headlines in 1984 for shooting several would-be muggers on a New York subway -- is headed toward a trial in his marijuana case after rebuffing a plea offer involving 10 days of community service.
Judge approves partial release of 1971 Attica prison riot papers
A New York judge on Thursday approved public disclosure of two remaining volumes from an investigation into the 1971 Attica prison riot and aftermath, but is excluding the grand jury excerpts.
Seattle mayor to unveil $15 minimum wage plan
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is scheduled Thursday to release his plan on how to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Murray's announcement comes after his advisory group did not reach an agreement to present to him. 
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