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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

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

9 indicted in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.... 4/23/2014 7:21 AM

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

APNewsBreak: Gacy case helps solve unrelated death
CHICAGO (AP) -- Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing - one he didn't commit.... 4/23/2014 7:32 AM

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

Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.... 4/23/2014 3:48 AM

FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.... 4/23/2014 2:41 AM