WEST, Texas (AP) - A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday night injured more than 140 people and killed an unknown number of others. The blast sent flames shooting into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and leveling buildings for blocks in every direction.
ROBBER ATTACKS RIVERSIDE SHOP OWNER WITH HAMMER: RIVERSIDE (AP) - Detectives say security cameras captured a robber beating the owner of a Riverside tobacco store with a hammer and taking cash and other items.
BOSTON (AP) - In what could be major break in the Boston Marathon case, investigators are on the hunt for a man seen in a department store surveillance video dropping off a bag at the site of the bombings, a local politician said Wednesday.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sending letters to President Barack Obama and a senator that tested positive for the poisonous ricin and set the nation's capital on edge a day after the Boston Marathon bombings.
KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) - In a surprising twist, the wife of a jailed former justice of the peace was charged Wednesday with capital murder after authorities say she confessed to helping her husband kill two North Texas prosecutors who aggressively secured a theft conviction against him.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona cities and counties would have to sell guns turned in at community buyback events instead of destroying them under a law passed by the Legislature.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California woman yelled "You deserve it" before severing her estranged husband's penis with a 10-inch kitchen knife and throwing it in a garbage disposal, a prosecutor said Wednesday in opening statements at her trial.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota hospital apologized Wednesday for mishandling a stillborn baby whose body was found in linens that had been sent to an off-site laundry service.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A visibly infuriated President Barack Obama surrounded himself with tear-stained parents of Connecticut school shooting victims Wednesday and declared it a "pretty shameful day for Washington" after the Senate rejected a measure designed to make it tougher for criminals to get their hands on guns.
BOSTON (AP) - They were married in Boston in August, an unlikely match who fell in love and shared a passion for running.
BOSTON (AP) - Police and reporters converged on the federal courthouse in Boston on Wednesday amid conflicting reports of whether a suspect was in custody in the marathon bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 170.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The 20-year-old son of basketball great Magic Johnson is surprised by the public interest in his being gay, something that he revealed to his supportive family several years ago.
WASHINGTON (AP) - To some conservatives, it's amnesty.
NEW YORK (AP) - A former employee of a New York city law firm has been convicted of stealing more than $376,000 worth of copy machine toner from the firm.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Frank Bank, who played oafish troublemaker Lumpy on the sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," has died. He was 71.
DALLAS (AP) - The fate of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman and her fetus likely will be decided in a courtroom after the woman's husband sued the hospital keeping her on life support against his wishes.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google will pay $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, which develops high-tech versions of devices like thermostats and smoke detectors, in its second-largest acquisition ever.
VERMONT SETTLES WITH MAKER OF MISLABELED VERMINTS: BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont reached a settlement with VerMints, a company that mislabeled its tins of mints as Vermont products.
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) - An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater Monday triggered a retired Tampa police captain to fatally shoot a man sitting in front of him, as about 25 horrified moviegoers looked on, sheriff's officials said.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The University of Utah is investigating a complaint that a convicted felon working at a fertility clinic replaced a customer's sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge said Monday that Arkansas can stop making payments in one of the nation's most historic desegregation efforts but cautioned that work remains to ensure Little Rock-area students receive a proper education.
FRANKLIN, Mass. (AP) - A 7-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister died after getting trapped in a hope chest in their home, authorities said Monday.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Two California police officers who were videotaped in a violent struggle with a homeless man during an arrest were acquitted Monday of killing him.
BOSTON (AP) - Eleanor McCullen clutches a baby's hat knit in pink and blue as she patrols a yellow semicircle painted on the sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood health clinic on a frigid December morning with snow in the forecast.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - AT&T says it will start offering customers a subscription to streaming service Beats Music in a package that gives as many as five family members unlimited streaming and song downloading for $15 a month.
DRY BRANCH, W.Va. (AP) - For Bonnie Wireman, the white plastic bag covering her kitchen faucet is a reminder that she can't drink the water.
NEW YORK (AP) - Luxury merchant Neiman Marcus confirmed Saturday that thieves stole some of its customers' payment card information and made unauthorized charges over the holiday season, becoming the second retailer in recent weeks to announce it had fallen victim to a cyber-security attack.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fire and weather officials are urging Southern Californians to heed high fire and wind warnings over the next three days after a third year of especially dry conditions.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A chemical spill left the water for 300,000 people in and around West Virginia's capital city stained blue-green and smelling like licorice, with officials saying Friday it was unclear when it might be safe again to even take showers and do laundry.