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Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.... 4/23/2014 3:03 AM

Republican activists push party on gay marriage
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues.... 4/23/2014 2:04 AM

Federal judge to hear Oregon gay marriage case
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Oregon is ready to hear arguments about the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but no one will be in court to defend the measure.... 4/23/2014 1:45 AM

9 indicted in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.... 4/23/2014 7:21 AM

Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves.... 4/23/2014 2:37 AM

Soldier faces hearing in killings of Iraqi boys
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- A U.S. soldier accused of deliberately killing two unarmed teenage boys as they herded cattle in Iraq seven years ago is due in military court.... 4/23/2014 2:15 AM

Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas judge on Wednesday will consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley, as she continues serving a 35-year sentence for passing loads of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.... 4/23/2014 2:09 AM

Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.... 4/23/2014 3:48 AM

FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.... 4/23/2014 2:41 AM

Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to save energy. Gdansk, Poland, is proposing to require officials to debate ideas from citizens.... 4/23/2014 5:57 AM