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Rail safety effort marred by squabbling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.... 4/23/2014 7:38 PM

Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion
OPAL, Wyo. (AP) -- A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.... 4/23/2014 8:59 PM

Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths
HOUSTON (AP) -- A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday.... 4/23/2014 7:21 PM

US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release - and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.... 4/23/2014 5:49 PM

Archaeologists, tribe clash over Native remains
LARKSPUR, Calif. (AP) -- Archaeologists and Native Americans are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were excavated during a construction project in the San Francisco Bay Area and then reburied at an undisclosed location, a newspaper reported.... 4/23/2014 8:02 PM

Stowaway's father says son missed Africa
HONOLULU (AP) -- The father of a teenager who survived a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well has told Voice of America his son missed Africa, where he used to live, and was struggling in school.... 4/23/2014 9:05 PM

Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law
ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) -- Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.... 4/23/2014 6:22 PM

Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84.... 4/23/2014 7:46 PM

Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.... 4/23/2014 7:39 PM

Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon urged a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.... 4/23/2014 8:36 PM