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Criminal probe into plant explosion

WACO, Texas (AP) - Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last month, after weeks of largely treating the blast as an industrial accident.

May 10, 2013 | | Nation


Man damages 4 homes with bulldozer

SEATTLE (AP) - A man angry at his neighbors went on a rampage in a bulldozer Friday on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, damaging four homes, knocking one off its foundation and cutting power to thousands of people, authorities said.

May 10, 2013 | | Nation


Suspect buried in Virginia cemetery

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a cemetery in central Virginia, infuriating some members of the area's Islamic community who say they weren't consulted and flooring at least one neighbor who said she didn't even know she lived near a burial ground.

May 10, 2013 | | Nation


Theater apologizes for actor carrying fake gun in stunt

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Operators of a Missouri movie theater apologized Friday for a stunt in which an actor dressed in black, wearing body armor and carrying a fake rifle walked in to the movie house.

May 10, 2013 | | Nation


Spire installed on WTC tower

NEW YORK (AP) - The World Trade Center's rebirth has long revolved around creating a centerpiece of unsparing symbolism: a skyscraper 1,776 feet tall, its height an homage and a bold statement about looking forward.

May 10, 2013 | | Nation


DNA: Kidnapping suspect fathered girl

CLEVELAND (AP) - A DNA test confirmed another dark twist in the story of three women imprisoned in a house for about a decade: Kidnapping and rape suspect Ariel Castro is the father of a 6-year-old girl who escaped from the house along with the women, a prosecutor said Friday.

May 10, 2013 | | Nation


Prince Harry opens weeklong US visit

WASHINGTON (AP) - A buttoned-down Prince Harry joined Michelle Obama in honoring military families Thursday and toured an exhibition in Congress about land-mines, opening a weeklong U.S. visit devoted to the wounded victims of war. Shrieking onlookers gave him the pop-star treatment, but he was all royal business.

May 09, 2013 | | Nation


Dead Boston bombing suspect buried

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was entombed in an unknown gravesite Thursday after police said an anonymous person stepped forward to help arrange the secret burial.

May 09, 2013 | | Nation


Woman, parents admit roles in ex's slaying

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - When Kathleen Dorsett heard her ex-husband scream in agony in the backyard of her home in 2010, she finished changing their daughter's diaper knowing that her father was carrying out their plan to kill the man by hitting him in the head with a heavy cable.

May 09, 2013 | | Nation


Minn. approves gay marriage; would be 12th

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A historic vote Thursday in the Minnesota House positioned that state to become the 12th in the country to allow gay marriages and the first in the Midwest to pass such a law out of its Legislature.

May 09, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TICKETS ON SALE FOR LADY LIBERTY'S JULY 4 OPENING: NEW YORK (AP) - The Statue of Liberty is reopening July 4 after Superstorm Sandy flooded the island where it stands.

May 09, 2013 | | Nation


Police not told FBI got Tsarnaev warning

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI did not initially share with Boston police the warnings it had received from Russia about one suspect in last month's marathon bombings, despite the work of four city police representatives on a federal terrorism task force, Boston's police commissioner told Congress on Thursday.

May 09, 2013 | | Nation


NYC weighs allowing many immigrants to vote

NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of immigrants could get the right to vote in New York City elections under a proposal that would mark the biggest expansion yet of efforts to enfranchise them.

May 09, 2013 | | Nation


Man didn’t die, sues and gets $60K

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A judge has ordered the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center to pay nearly $60,000 to a Winston man who was wrongly diagnosed with brain cancer and told he had just a few months to live.

May 09, 2013 | | Nation


Calif. exchange granted secrecy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California law that created an agency to oversee national health care reforms granted it broad authority to conceal spending on the contractors that will perform most of its functions, potentially shielding the public from seeing how hundreds of millions of dollars are spent.

May 09, 2013 | | Nation


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Utah men avoid jail time in ancient rock toppling

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two Utah men removed from their Boy Scout leadership positions after a viral video showed them toppling an ancient rock formation pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges Tuesday and avoided jail time.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Top cancer centers now off limits for many

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of America's best cancer hospitals are off-limits to many of the people now signing up for coverage under the nation's new health care program.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Man dies after 350-foot fall at Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities investigating the death of a Texas man at Grand Canyon National Park believe he fell about 350 feet from the canyon's edge after trying to retrieve something, possibly a hat.

March 18, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Nation


Putin signs treaty to add Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) - In a gilded Kremlin hall used by czars, Vladimir Putin redrew Russia's borders Tuesday by declaring the Crimean Peninsula part of the motherland - provoking a surge of emotion among Russians who lament the loss of empire and denunciations from Western leaders who called Putin a threat to the world.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Deadly downtown chopper crash

SEATTLE (AP) - A news helicopter crashed into a street and burst into flames Tuesday near Seattle's Space Needle, killing both people on board, badly injuring a man in a car and sending plumes of black smoke over the city during the morning commute.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


4 charged in online child exploitation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fourteen men were charged with operating an online child exploitation network that investigators said preyed upon hundreds of boys across the United States and overseas, authorities announced Tuesday.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Bieber claimed foot fracture in Florida

MIAMI (AP) - Justin Bieber claimed after a shaky sobriety test in Florida that he was suffering from a hairline fracture in his right foot and made condescending comments to officers, according to a Miami Beach police document released Tuesday.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Man guilty in stabbing death of niece, 7

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart eyes $2B used video game market

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart plans to start buying used video games from shoppers at stores in a move that goes after the bread-and-butter business of GameStop.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Protests focus on McDonald’s ‘‘wage theft’

NEW YORK (AP) - Organizers of the fast-food protests for higher pay on Tuesday shifted their attention to another issue: "wage theft."

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Mormon church tells Ordain Women group not to protest

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Mormon women's group pushing for gender equality was informed Monday that its members won't be allowed to protest on church property at the faith's upcoming conference.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Acampo man arrested in plot to fight in Syria

ACAMPO (AP) - A San Joaquin County man who spoke of wanting to bomb the Los Angeles subway system was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists, federal prosecutors said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Missing jet mystery deepens

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Officials have revealed a new timeline suggesting the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled, adding more uncertainty about who aboard might have been to blame.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


US, Europe order Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unsuccessful with previous threats, the United States and its European allies stepped up their pressure on Russia to end its intervention in Ukraine on Monday by imposing the most comprehensive sanctions against Russian officials since the Cold War.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Gay flap mars St. Patrick’s parades

NEW YORK (AP) - A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations culminated Monday in New York, where the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage stepped off without the city's new mayor and Guinness beer amid a dispute over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


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