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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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Talent agency wants Matt McConaughey speaking fee secret

HOUSTON (AP) - A celebrity booking agency has told the Texas attorney general's office it is not all right to make public how much the University of Houston is paying actor Matthew McConaughey to speak at the school's May 15 commencement ceremony.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Chicago-area cousins planned terrorist attack, hoped to kill 150

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teen: Mom killed siblings found in freezer

DETROIT (AP) - A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Life sentence for grandmother in girl’s running death in Alabama

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A jury recommended life without parole Thursday for an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Federal appeals court to look at concealed gun permit ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court agreed Thursday to reconsider its decision to strike down a California law that requires applicants for a concealed-weapons permit to show "good cause" beyond self-defense.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI agents

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of a former Los Angeles police officer was charged Thursday with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape after the officer was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps

PARIS (AP) - Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Cover design unveiled for new Harper Lee novel ‘Watchman’

NEW YORK (AP) - The cover for Harper Lee's new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Councilman’s petitions named famous non-residents, ends bid

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 12-year Allegheny County councilman has withdrawn his nominating petitions - and thus ended his last re-election bid - in grand style.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Vietnam War veteran gets dying wish to visit Pearl Harbor

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - When a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped in Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With just less than two months to live, Joseph Hooker realized his longtime dream on Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Trooper killed in shootout

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper just three months out of the academy and working the first solo patrol of his "dream job" died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed a motorist.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


US conducts airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters. The bombing marked a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher obsessed with pupil, 11

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An elementary school teacher who resigned this month was obsessed with one of her 11-year-old students, encrypting her phone number on the girl's math homework, exchanging thousands of text messages with her and even talking of running away with her, authorities said Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Waffle taco is dead; biscuit taco to replace

NEW YORK (AP) - The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


Mom arrested after 2 kids found dead in freezer

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit mother was arrested Tuesday after the frozen bodies of a boy and girl were found in a deep freezer in the family's home, police said.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


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