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California has fewer arrests, but not necessarily less crime

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The number of arrests by police in California has plunged in recent years, but that doesn’t necessarily represent good news on crime, according to an analysis published Saturday. The state saw 1.5 million arrests for misdemeanors and felonies in 2015, the most recent year with figures …

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Mormon leaders encourage more baptisms for the dead

By BRADY McCOMBSAssociated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Mormon leaders reminded church members Saturday about the importance of performing ceremonial baptisms on dead ancestors who didn’t receive the ordinance while alive. Henry Eyring told a worldwide audience during a twice-yearly Mormon conference that God wants all his children to …

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Man charged with arson in Atlanta overpass fire

By KATE BRUMBACK and BILL BARROWAssociated Press ATLANTA (AP) – A man accused of starting a raging fire that collapsed a portion of Interstate 85 a few miles north of downtown Atlanta was charged with arson Saturday. The first-degree arson charge was added to a first-degree criminal damage to property …

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No joke: Snow hits northern New England on April Fools’ Day

By WILSON RINGAssociated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – It’s April Fools’ Day but it’s no joke: People across northern New England woke up to a foot of heavy, wet snow on parts of the region Saturday and more is expected throughout the day. The storm caused power outages and numerous …

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Mormon leader encourages more baptisms for the dead

By BRADY McCOMBSAssociated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A top Mormon leader reminded church members Saturday about the importance of performing ceremonial baptisms on dead ancestors who didn’t receive the ordinance while alive. Henry Eyring told a worldwide audience during a twice-yearly Mormon conference that God wants all his …

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William Coleman, lawyer, ex-Cabinet member, died

By JEFF HORWITZAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – William T. Coleman Jr., a civil rights lawyer from Philadelphia who prevailed in several landmark Supreme Court cases, broke a number of racial barriers in his own right and was the second African-American to lead a Cabinet-level department, has died. Transportation secretary during …

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No joke: Snows hit Northern New England on April Fools’ Day

By WILSON RINGAssociated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – It’s April Fools’ Day but it’s no joke: People across northern New England woke up to a foot of heavy wet snow on parts of the region Saturday and expected more throughout the day. The storm caused power outages and numerous highway …

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Can’t afford to bury loved ones? Often, states can’t help

By JOHN RABYAssociated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – When Belinda Crookshanks’ son and daughter-in-law died of drug overdoses on the same day in April 2015 at age 35, her grief was compounded by a stark financial fact: Despite the family’s limited resources, the state’s indigent burial fund wasn’t going to …

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Court appearance set for man suspected in I-85 fire

By BILL BARROW and KATE BRUMBACKAssociated Press ATLANTA (AP) – A man suspected of starting a raging fire that collapsed a portion of Interstate 85 a few miles north of downtown Atlanta has a court appearance scheduled for Saturday. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office says Basil Eleby faces a felony …

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US House race offers insight into shifting Democratic Party

By MICHAEL R. BLOODAssociated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – The campaign for an open House seat in a strongly Democratic district in Southern California could provide a hint about the direction of the party in the age of Donald Trump. Among leading candidates, the 34th Congressional District race looks like …

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