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FILE - This april 28, 2011 file photo shows Charles Thompson, of the Humane Society of North Texas, holds an albino reticulated python in Fort Worth, Texas.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species. The rules would prohibit bringing the snakes, including reticulated pythons, into the country and shipping them between states except for scientific and educational purposes. The agency wants to prevent them from being introduced into the wild.(AP Photo/Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis, file)  (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, )  MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT
US wildlife officials propose limiting snake tradeUS Fish and Wildlife proposes limiting trade of 5 snake species, including boa constrictor
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A fence surrounds the state prison in Florence, Ariz. where the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)
Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution beganArizona inmate dies nearly 2 hours after execution began; lawyers say he was gasping, snorting
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Vice President Joe Biden speaks on voting rights at the NAACP annual convention Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP addressVice President Joe Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address
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Tejay van Garderen of the U.S., right, and Netherlands' Laurens ten Dam, left, speed down Val Louron Azet pass during the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 124.5 kilometers (77.4 miles) with start in Saint-Gaudens and finish in Saint-Lary, France, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Playful Pole wins Tour stage, as Nibali marches onPlayful Pole winks his way uphill to win 17th Tour stage, as no-nonsense Nibali cements lead
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FILE - This June 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama shaking hands with former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, his nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington.  A federal investigative agency says it is examining 67 claims of retaliation by supervisors at the VA against employees who filed whistleblower complaints. The independent Office of Special Counsel said 30 of the complaints about retaliation have passed the initial review stage and were being further investigated for corrective action and possible discipline against VA supervisors and other executives. The group’s report comes as the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing Tuesday on the nomination of Robert McDonald to be VA secretary.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stallSenate panel endorses VA nominee McDonald as talks on reform bill stall
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Rancher Bill Wilber uses binoculars to seach the blackened ground Tuesday, July 22, 2014, looking for stranded or injured cattle, after The Buzzard complex of wildfires scattered the family herd, in Drewsey, Ore.  In the days before, family members found seven cows and 13 calves that had succumbed to smoke or flames. They had to euthanize two other injured cows. On Tuesday, The Wilbers found 10 more dead cattle and a handful of calves with burned hooves. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Stuart Tomlinson)
Fire season in West expected to get more intenseWildfire season off to slow start in some areas of West, expected to get more intense
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Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays rulingFederal judge strikes down Colorado's gay marriage ban, but temporarily stays ruling
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)
Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesisMontana senator says he was being treated for PTSD when he used unattributed work in thesis
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AP source: Chiefs, Charles reach 2-year dealPerson familiar with situation tells AP: Chiefs, RB Jamaal Charles reach 2-year contract deal
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