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New York fire, building collapse injure 12; gas blast blamed
NEW YORK (AP) -- An apparent gas explosion leveled an apartment building, largely destroyed another and launched rubble and shards of glass across streets in the heart of Manhattan's trendy East Village on Thursday, injuring a dozen people. Smoke could be seen and smelled for miles.... 3/27/2015 2:24 AM

Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be business coach
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own is a self-styled business mogul and motivational speaker described on one of her websites as one of the "kindest women you will ever meet."... 3/27/2015 12:58 AM

Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.... 3/26/2015 11:44 PM

Filing: Teen says mom killed her 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.... 3/26/2015 11:56 PM

Lawyer says kidnapping wasn't a hoax, boyfriend was drugged
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) -- The strange case of a California woman who disappeared for two days grew stranger still Thursday, with her uncle and a lawyer for her boyfriend insisting she was kidnapped while police said it was a hoax.... 3/26/2015 11:12 PM

Co-pilot suspected of air crash in Alps trained in Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) -- The co-pilot who authorities believe intentionally crashed an airplane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, honed his flying skills early in his aviation career in Arizona.... 3/27/2015 12:13 AM

Jury shown graphic autopsy photos of Boston bombing victim
BOSTON (AP) -- A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death on the pavement.... 3/26/2015 10:19 PM

Jesse Jackson Jr. at halfway house after leaving prison
CHICAGO (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. arrived at a Baltimore halfway house late Thursday, hours after leaving an Alabama federal prison where he was serving a sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items.... 3/27/2015 1:52 AM

US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack
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.... 3/27/2015 12:58 AM

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