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MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS ROCK CENTRAL FLA. GAS PLANT: TAVARES, Fla. (AP) - After hearing two explosions, maintenance worker Gene Williams looked outside to see a 20-by-20 foot fireball rising above an outdoor storage area at the Blue Rhino propane plant.

July 30, 2013 | | Nation


Soldier to receive Medal of Honor recounts battle

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - Nearly four years after a daylong firefight that killed eight of his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan, the emotion of that day remains just below the surface for Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, who will receive a Medal of Honor next month for his actions during that attack by Taliban fighters.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


Anti-gay laws impact Olympics, vodka sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Russian vodka and the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For now, those are the prime targets as gays in the United States and elsewhere propose boycotts and other tactics to convey their outrage over Russia's intensifying campaign against gay-rights activism.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


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FIRE BRIGADE TO HANDCUFFS USERS: DON'T GET STUCK: LONDON (AP) - London firefighters say they have freed hundreds of people with body parts trapped in household objects in the last three years, including 18 children with heads stuck in potties or toilet seats and 79 people trapped in handcuffs.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


Beer by beer, home morphs into landmark

HOUSTON (AP) - A child of the Great Depression, John Milkovisch didn't throw anything away - not even the empty cans of beer he enjoyed each afternoon with his wife.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


Child prostitution: Raids free 105

WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring child prostitution a "persistent threat" in America, the FBI said Monday that authorities had rescued 105 young people and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day sweep in 76 cities.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


Weiner falls to 4th in new NYC mayoral poll

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner plunged to fourth place among Democrats in the first poll taken since he admitted to having illicit online exchanges with women even after he resigned from Congress amid a sexting scandal.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


Lung cancer screening for some smokers

ATLANTA (AP) - For the first time, government advisers are recommending screening for lung cancer, saying certain current and former heavy smokers should get annual scans to cut their chances of dying of the disease.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


Sex after heart attack? Docs urged to give advice

CHICAGO (AP) - Many heart specialists are hardly Dr. Ruth - sex is not something they relish bringing up with patients. But new guidance says they should, early and often, to let survivors know intimacy is often possible after a heart attack.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


Activists: Are pigs smart as dogs?

NEW YORK (AP) - There's extensive evidence that pigs are as smart and sociable as dogs. Yet one species is afforded affection and respect; the other faces mass slaughter en route to becoming bacon, ham and pork chops.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


Scranton, ex-Pa. governor presidential candidate dies

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - William Warren Scranton, a former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, has died. He was 96.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


Girl kicked out of Mass. camp over kiss

The girl was sent home from Camp Emerson in Hinsdale and a camp official falsely accused her and the boy of sexually provocative behavior, according to the lawsuit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court. It also says she suffers from emotional and psychological disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


Pope: ‘Who am I to judge?'

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) - A remarkably candid Pope Francis struck a conciliatory stance toward gays Monday, saying "who am I to judge" when it comes to the sexual orientation of priests.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


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BOY, 11, SURVIVES 200-FOOT SLIDING FALL IN UTAH: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An 11-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital but is expected to recover after he tumbled down a 200-foot rock slope while hiking with this family near a scenic waterfall in northern Utah, authorities said Monday.

July 29, 2013 | | Nation


Trayvon's mom: 'Use my broken heart'

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin told a National Urban League gathering in Philadelphia on Friday to use her tragedy to stop the same thing from happening to another child and she blamed Florida's "stand your ground" law for allowing her son's killer to go free.

July 26, 2013 | | Nation


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California data shows arrests racial disparity

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just 6 percent of Californians are African American, yet they are involved in 17 percent of all arrests in the state and ...

September 02, 2015 | | Nation


Blue Bell resumes selling ice cream

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - Blue Bell ice cream is back.

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Wal-Mart cutting back on hours for workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart says it is asking some stores to schedule workers for fewer hours, although it says the directive is only being given ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Samsung unveils new circular smartwatch, but are apps available?

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung is juicing up its smartwatch with a circular face and more battery life than the Apple Watch, but it's unknown ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Apple aims to boost mobile device sales with Cisco’s help

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is leaning on Cisco Systems' Internet networking expertise in its latest attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers.

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Court upholds Jesus statue on mountain

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 6-foot tall statue of Jesus that has spent the last 60 years overlooking a northwestern Montana ski hill may stay there ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


State Dept. releases 7,000 pages of emails, 150 censored

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department released roughly 7,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails Monday, including about 150 emails that have been censored ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


‘Pigs in a blanket’ chant at Minnesota Fair riles police

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - An organizer behind the Black Lives Matter weekend march outside the Minnesota State Fair stood by the group's chant to ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


US judge acquits Chicago lawyer accused of coaching clients to lie

CHICAGO (AP) - A high-profile Chicago lawyer was acquitted Monday of coaching clients and witnesses to lie, with the federal judge who oversaw the rare trial ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Jury selected in murder trial for 13-year-old

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A jury was selected Monday in the trial of a 13-year-old boy charged with fatally stabbing a 9-year-old boy at a ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Tubman, Susan B. Anthony win support for redesigned $10 bill

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony were the names most mentioned Monday as women who should be considered for a ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Boston mayor, city councilors seek hefty pay raises of up to $35,000

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's mayor and City Council are again looking for pay raises that could make them among the best compensated of comparable cities ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


App helps Lake Tahoe researchers with citizen observations

NORTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Researchers at Lake Tahoe are enlisting local residents, tourists and other beach-goers to record their observations and photographs on a new ...

August 30, 2015 | | Nation


Professor sees meaning in garbage

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's sanitation department has its very own anthropologist-in-residence, a garbage guru who studies the refuse along the curbs of the ...

August 30, 2015 | | Nation


Global warming is carving changes into Alaska landscape in fire & ice

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it.

August 30, 2015 | | Nation


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