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Little government response to bombing a year later
BOSTON (AP) -- A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action.... 4/17/2014 6:01 AM

Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.... 4/17/2014 3:54 PM

Dirty creek, old purse solve four-decade mystery
ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) -- Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson had planned to celebrate the end of the 1971 school year by gathering with classmates at a quarry along a gravel road.... 4/17/2014 1:34 PM

Judge in gay marriage case asks pointed questions
DENVER (AP) -- A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.... 4/17/2014 4:57 PM

Chelsea Clinton expecting 1st child
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it the year of the baby: Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year.... 4/17/2014 5:17 PM

What's next in gay marriage's legal odyssey?
Thursday's hearing in Denver is the second of two hearings on gay marriage that are weighted with legal significance. The cases are the first time an appellate court has considered the ramifications of last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The 30-minute hearing on the legality of Oklahoma's gay marriage ban comes one week after a three-judge panel heard a similar case originating from Utah.... 4/17/2014 4:32 AM

Police: Mom drove into river trying to kill 3 kids
Three New Jersey teens frantically used their cellphones to call for help from a sinking van after their troubled mother drove them into a river, their father said Thursday.... 4/17/2014 3:12 PM

NYC to change maligned Sandy rebuilding program
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes.... 4/17/2014 4:22 PM

Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report
NEW YORK (AP) -- The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:... 4/17/2014 4:26 PM

Holder: Hate crimes 'an affront to who we are'
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday, adding that hate crimes are "an affront" to the nation.... 4/17/2014 5:08 PM