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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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Wealthy eccentric proclaims in HBO finale he ‘killed them all’

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The arrest of Robert Durst, a wealthy eccentric linked to two killings and his wife's disappearance, came on Sunday just before the finale in an HBO show about his life in which he said he "killed them all."

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Man, 20, charged with shooting 2 police officers in Ferguson

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A 20-year-old man charged Sunday with shooting two police officers watching over a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department had attended a protest there earlier that night but told investigators he wasn't targeting the officers, authorities said.

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Detroit-area man who walked 21 miles to work gets new apartment

DETROIT (AP) - A man who said he walked 21 miles to and from work each day is settling into a new, suburban Detroit apartment after receiving thousands of dollars in online donations

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


South state agencies try to buy water

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The drought has water agencies in Southern California offering big prices for water belonging to Northern California rice farmers.

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Studies boost hopes for new class of cholesterol medicines

SAN DIEGO (AP) - New research boosts hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems. The government will decide this summer whether to allow two of these drugs on the market.

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Nevada newspaper where Mark Twain got start is revived

CARSON CITY, Nev. . (AP) - The historic Nevada newspaper where Mark Twain cut his journalistic teeth is back in publication for the first time in three decades, and its owners plan to uphold tradition by offering more than just real news.

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Making history: St. Patrick’s parade welcomes 2 gay groups

BOSTON (AP) - The St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston will make history this Sunday as two gay and lesbian groups join the fun.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


Soccer player gets 8 years for killing referee

DETROIT (AP) - A widow held up a red card, signaling ejection, as a weekend soccer player was sentenced Friday to at least eight years in prison for a punch that killed a Detroit-area referee.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


Quake could exceed nuke plant design

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shaking from a powerful earthquake could exceed the design of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, its owners have found, but the reactors are safe because components were built with more than enough strength to withstand the potential stress and no equipment would be at risk, a report concludes.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


14 teens suspected of school sex assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say a 10th teenager has been arrested in connection with a series of sexual assaults against two Venice High School students.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


Google fights computer search-warrant

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Justice Department proposal that could make it easier to locate and hack into computers that are part of criminal investigations is raising constitutional concerns from privacy groups and Google, who fear the plan could have broad implications.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


L.L. Bean opts against megastores in major retail push

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - L.L. Bean is preparing for the largest number of store openings in the company's history, but they won't be megastores along the lines of Bass Pro Shops or Cabela's.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


GOP LETTER TO IRAN

WASHINGTON (AP) - Criticism of 47 Republican senators' letter to Iranian leaders escalated Friday, and one of the lawmakers expressed misgivings about writing directly to an adversary to raise doubts about President Barack Obama's nuclear negotiations.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile US road trip

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) - Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


Effort to tamp down tensions in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - With measured remarks and a conciliatory tone, police, political leaders and civil-rights activists on Thursday sought to tamp down tensions after two police officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


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