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Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire after five terms.... 3/27/2015 7:10 PM

Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.... 3/27/2015 2:33 PM

Backup options for Internet lines can be costly, complicated
Hunter Newby describes himself as a real estate entrepreneur, even if he's not marketing houses or land. Instead, he's selling space on a new fiber-optic transmission line to Internet providers, telecommunications companies and anyone wanting high-speed data.... 3/27/2015 2:39 PM

University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.... 3/27/2015 8:54 PM

NY mayor: Someone may have 'inappropriately' tapped gas line
NEW YORK (AP) -- Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people.... 3/27/2015 8:22 PM

AP PHOTOS: NYC firefighters battle huge fire after explosion
NEW YORK (AP) -- A powerful blast in Manhattan's East Village sent flames soaring, launched debris into the air and caused the collapse of three five-story buildings.... 3/27/2015 4:52 PM

Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox
SEATTLE (AP) -- Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox has tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown.... 3/27/2015 5:28 PM

Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain
DETROIT (AP) -- Autopsies have determined that two children found dead in a freezer in their Detroit home were beaten to death, with the youngest child also suffering "thermal injuries."... 3/27/2015 7:02 PM

With gay marriage case pending, religion bills gain ground
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- With the nation's highest court set to hear arguments next month over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, legislation is advancing in several states that critics say gives businesses license to deny services to gays and lesbians on religious grounds.... 3/27/2015 7:45 PM

Death of baby cut from womb doesn't lead to murder charge
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado woman accused of cutting the baby from an expectant mother's belly will not face murder charges in the gruesome attack that revived the highly charged debate over when a fetus can legally be considered a human being.... 3/27/2015 8:22 PM



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