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Parrot missing for years returns speaking Spanish

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish.

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Jurors find deputies used excessive force in death

DENVER (AP) — A federal court jury on Tuesday found five Denver sheriff's deputies used excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died in 2010.

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Plumpest pumpkin: 2,058-pound gourd sets record

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record Monday at an annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California.

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Doctor gives blood for Ebola-infected Dallas nurse

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas nurse who caught Ebola while treating a Liberian patient who died of the disease has received a plasma transfusion donated by a doctor who beat the virus.

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Banks harvest callers' voiceprints to fight fraud

LONDON (AP) — "This call may be monitored."

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Maine, most other states don't regulate hayrides

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — Maine, like most states, doesn't have strict regulations for hayrides, including the one that lurched down a steep hill and into a tree over the weekend, killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring more than 20 others.

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Back to reality for Dems as House chances fade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' high hopes of mitigating House losses in a rough election year have been dashed by reality.

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German hospital: UN worker dies of Ebola

BERLIN (AP) — A United Nations medical worker who was infected with Ebola in Liberia has died despite "intensive medical procedures," a German hospital said Tuesday.

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