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Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.... 4/23/2014 3:03 AM

FBI investigates suspected serial child molester
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades before committing suicide last month in Minnesota.... 4/22/2014 5:55 PM

IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.... 4/22/2014 5:31 PM

Republican activists push party on gay marriage
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues.... 4/23/2014 2:04 AM

Federal judge to hear Oregon gay marriage case
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Oregon is ready to hear arguments about the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but no one will be in court to defend the measure.... 4/23/2014 1:45 AM

Indictment: Prosecutor targeted in kidnapping plot
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday.... 4/22/2014 7:34 PM

Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves.... 4/23/2014 2:37 AM

Maine baby lobster decline could end high catches
YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) -- The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline - possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England's lobster fishery, scientists say.... 4/22/2014 4:53 PM

Soldier faces hearing in killings of Iraqi boys
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- A U.S. soldier accused of deliberately killing two unarmed teenage boys as they herded cattle in Iraq seven years ago is due in military court.... 4/23/2014 2:15 AM

Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas judge on Wednesday will consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley, as she continues serving a 35-year sentence for passing loads of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.... 4/23/2014 2:09 AM