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Gas-line blast closes major highway, injures at least 11
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.... 4/18/2015 5:41 AM

2 years after bombs, Boston Marathon looks forward, not back
BOSTON (AP) -- It's been decades since you could run in the Boston Marathon without qualifying, before limits on the field size made entering - almost as much as finishing - something to which to aspire.... 4/18/2015 6:59 AM

Highway abuzz with millions of bees after big truck tips
LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) -- A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could.... 4/18/2015 6:09 AM

Philanthropist, shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success - including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture - was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. He was 91.... 4/18/2015 6:53 AM

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing
ATLANTA (AP) -- Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.... 4/18/2015 4:51 AM

Volunteer deputy sold company, went back to police work
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- After he sold his insurance company for around $6 million, Robert Bates sought to return to a profession he tried for a year in his early 20s: law enforcement.... 4/18/2015 3:09 AM

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred
From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life - a testament to the resilience of nature.... 4/18/2015 2:11 AM

Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table
BOSTON (AP) -- The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man convicted in the case.... 4/17/2015 3:22 PM

Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.... 4/18/2015 5:04 AM

Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town
SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) -- A man was sentenced to 100 years in prison Friday in a Montana teacher's murder - a case that local officials say robbed the victim's rural hometown of its innocence amid an oil boom that's swept across the Northern Plains.... 4/18/2015 12:13 AM



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