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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


Odd News

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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Mexico orders release of Marine veteran

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexican judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft promises new Office for Macs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After a long wait, Microsoft says it plans to release a new version of its popular Office software package for Mac computers - but not until next year.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Surgical gowns let diseases pass through

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Inmate freed in landmark case

CHICAGO (AP) - A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted, and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence that the other man was responsible.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


Inmate freed in landmark case

CHICAGO (AP) - A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted, and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence that the other man was responsible.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


Taylor Swift gets a Bronx cheer

NEW YORK (AP) - Welcome to New York, Taylor Swift! The locals are kvetching about you already.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


Man wanted in Pennsylvania ambush captured

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents, authorities said.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


Illegal police search led to dog death

NEW YORK (AP) - A Connecticut city's reputation as one of America's most dangerous communities did not give police officers the right to invade a yard where they killed a family dog after getting an erroneous tip that guns were hidden in an abandoned car behind the home, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Safely complete online sales in our lobby

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (AP) - A police department in suburban Philadelphia has created a "safe zone" for people to complete transactions they arranged online.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


$300 in candy stolen from Indiana police car

SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) - Police in Indiana say someone stole about $300 in Halloween candy from an unmarked police car.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


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October 30, 2014 | | Nation


Starbucks plans delivery after sales fall short

NEW YORK (AP) - After reporting disappointing quarterly sales Thursday, Starbucks said it will offer a delivery option on its mobile app in select areas of the U.S starting next year.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft unveils fitness gadget

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


Apple CEO Cook publicly acknowledges that he’s gay

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple's immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


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