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Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race
BOSTON (AP) -- The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week.... 4/16/2014 9:00 PM

Defense says bombing suspect's family key to case
BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Wednesday that understanding Tsarnaev's family is key to their case, offering a glimpse of the defense strategy as they prepare to defend him against charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty.... 4/16/2014 4:21 PM

NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts
NEW YORK (AP) -- The move by New York City's new police commissioner to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the huge post-9/11 intelligence-gathering machinery built by his predecessor.... 4/16/2014 4:24 PM

Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Two firetrucks heading to a burning home collided Wednesday in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and injuring 15 people, including at least five firefighters.... 4/16/2014 10:34 PM

Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives.... 4/16/2014 12:13 PM

Ex-official leaves huge debt for California city
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison - less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.... 4/16/2014 7:18 PM

Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.... 4/16/2014 8:55 PM

Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.... 4/16/2014 3:38 PM

Denver police eye 911 response time after killing
DENVER (AP) -- Authorities were investigating Wednesday whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot at least 12 minutes into a 911 call in which she said her husband was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him.... 4/16/2014 4:22 PM

Hopes high Negro Leagues stadium makes comeback
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium.... 4/16/2014 8:55 PM