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Big riders mean big horses on Western trails
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.... 4/24/2014 11:11 AM

Fetal tissue used to power Oregon homes
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it's been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia.... 4/24/2014 10:31 AM

Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, underscoring a division between powerful lobbyists for the U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea.... 4/24/2014 6:57 AM

Man gets life in prison in retirement home deaths
DETROIT (AP) -- A 67-year-old grandfather was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole in the killing of two women at a Detroit retirement home.... 4/24/2014 10:51 AM

Cleared of murder, man starts fresh 24 years later
NEW YORK (AP) -- The day Jonathan Fleming was cleared of the murder that put him behind bars for almost 25 years, he strode out of a courthouse to congratulations from passers-by, a steak dinner with his family and the start of a new life.... 4/24/2014 6:21 AM

In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192.... 4/24/2014 4:30 AM

Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates' claims
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them both on track to be executed as early as next week.... 4/24/2014 7:21 AM

Biologists watching fish runs after deadly slide
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Fisheries biologist Pete Verhey waded through the cold, clear creek that feeds into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, scanning riffles and side channels looking for evidence of fish eggs.... 4/24/2014 6:26 AM

GOP senators attack Obama deportations review
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators are accusing President Barack Obama of disregarding the rule of law and the Constitution by considering administrative changes to the nation's deportations policy.... 4/24/2014 10:56 AM

Tape released of woman who pointed gun at Ford
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Nearly 40 years after a former Manson family member pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, the audiotape from her pretrial psychiatric examination has been made public.... 4/24/2014 7:36 AM