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Mrs Obama: Tired of 'angry black woman' stereotype
WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she's forcefully imposed her will on White House aides, saying she's tired of people portraying her as "some kind of angry black woman."...

Mars-bound NASA rover aiming for an August landing
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A NASA spacecraft hurtling toward Mars prepared to fire its thrusters Wednesday to put itself on course for an August landing....

Crowd at NYC's ex-Occupy camp dwindles at daylight
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some Occupy Wall Street protesters spent the night at New York City's Zuccotti Park after metal barricades surrounding it came down....

Ariz. officials: Couple, deputy killed by same man
PHOENIX (AP) -- Investigators say they believe a New Hampshire couple found dead in a car near a northern Arizona resort town and a sheriff's deputy killed days later in Phoenix were shot by the same gunman - a U.S. Marine Corps reservist who was living out of his van and may have thought the world was going to end this year....

First lady tackling medical treatment for vets
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama has gotten a new commitment from medical schools to boost training and research for the treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health injuries....

Penn State president to face alumni in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Penn State University President Rodney Erickson will face a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about the way the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal....

Terminally ill woman witnesses Ohio murder-suicide
LOGAN, Ohio (AP) -- A man repeatedly shot his adult son and two sisters-in-law in his living room, killing them in front of his terminally ill wife, then fatally shot himself on the front porch as family tension about the cancer-stricken woman's care apparently boiled over, authorities said....

Marine testifies he did not identify targets
CAMP PENDLETON, California (AP) -- The former Marine fired his M-16 alongside his squad leader, shooting off round after round into the dark bedroom of the Iraqi home, fearing he was under attack. But he admits he only saw silhouettes, some small, and he only heard his own squad's gunfire....

Divorced NYC man suing over wedding pics speaks
It may come across as an extreme case of nuptial nostalgia: A now-divorced man saying a photography studio should pay to recreate his wedding to make up for what he considers flawed pictures and video....

Wild hogs unwelcome guests at Miss. Civil War site
Last year's frightening flooding of the Mississippi River didn't do any direct damage to the site of one of the pivotal battles of the Civil War. It did bring in some undesirable new neighbors....

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Crowd at NYC's ex-Occupy camp dwindles at daylight

Terminally ill woman witnesses Ohio murder-suicide

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Divorced NYC man suing over wedding pics speaks

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Wild hogs unwelcome guests at Miss. Civil War site