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Hospitals struggled during Sandy, report says
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work - problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.... 9/17/2014 4:13 AM

2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled
CHICAGO (AP) -- A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."... 9/17/2014 4:08 AM

Hunt on for survivalist charged in trooper killing
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday in the hunt for a heavily armed survivalist suspected of ambushing two troopers as part of a deadly vendetta against police.... 9/17/2014 2:52 AM

Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.... 9/17/2014 4:21 AM

Woman in wildfire's path lost almost everything
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Kate Stonecypher awoke Monday and thought about wearing boots to work but decided on sneakers instead.... 9/16/2014 10:46 PM

Cops: No past reason to enter remains-filled home
BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) -- Police responded to several calls in recent years from a home where the remains of three infants were found last week but never had reason to check conditions inside the home, according to police logs released Tuesday.... 9/17/2014 12:33 AM

Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 site of anti-terror program
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday.... 9/17/2014 12:39 AM

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.... 9/16/2014 10:54 PM

Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast
PHOENIX (AP) -- In a sign of just how unusual this summer's weather has become, Phoenix residents lined up Tuesday to fill sandbags in anticipation of potential flooding brought on by the remnants of a powerful Pacific storm.... 9/16/2014 10:04 PM

US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.... 9/16/2014 4:14 PM