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US admiral urges China to show leadership, find compromise, in South China Sea disputes
The head of American forces in Asia and the Pacific says China should exercise its role as a regional leader and help resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Environmentalists, conservatives battle over whether manatees are 'endangered' or 'threatened'
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering changing the manatee's status from endangered to threatened.

Decorated 'Walking Dead' Marine Corps battalion to be deactivated during ceremony Friday
Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, is being deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Authorities crack down on habitual ginseng poacher, as illegal digging threatens wild plants
Broke and down on his luck, Billy Joe Hurley turned to the only way he knew how to make a living: poaching ginseng.

Police: Angry passenger attacks worker at New York's LaGuardia Airport
Police say an angry passenger punched and kicked an airline employee while looking for his bag at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

Rapidly growing Laundry Love charity brings suds, faith to the laundromat to help homeless
Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in her life: doing laundry.

Autopsy report doesn't explain why Oklahoma inmate writhed, took 43 minutes to die
An autopsy on an Oklahoma inmate who died after his troubled execution was halted concluded that he was killed by the lethal drugs, but it doesn't explain why he writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after the process began.

FEMA denies Hawaii's major disaster-declaration request because storm damage not severe enough
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle.

Woman who has made repeated attempts to sneak on planes blames 'whistleblower trauma syndrome'
A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket in California and arrested at a Phoenix airport earlier this week said Thursday that she suffers from an unrecognized mental illness.

Military officials in Massachusetts say pilot died in F-15 jet crash in Virginia mountains
The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday.

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