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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

Things to know about Internet vulnerabilities in the US
Internet outages can disrupt emergency services, business transactions and basic communication. Here are few things to know about the nation's Internet infrastructure and its vulnerabilities.... 3/27/2015 2:42 PM

2 people unaccounted for after apparent NYC gas explosion
NEW YORK (AP) -- Firefighters on Friday used high-powered water towers to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's trendy East Village as authorities reported that two people were still unaccounted for.... 3/27/2015 3:35 PM

Prosecutors turn to stepmother in girl's running death
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) -- With the grandmother of a girl who was run to death headed to prison for life, authorities are now turning their attention to the stepmother who they say did nothing to help the child.... 3/27/2015 8:51 AM

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 from the institution where he's served for five terms.... 3/27/2015 3:34 PM

Audit: Maryland misallocated $28.4M for health exchange
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and should pay the money back, according to a federal audit set to be released Friday.... 3/27/2015 1:02 PM

Mom to murderer: You're 'going straight to hell'
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- A man convicted of strangling a pharmacist and his girlfriend has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.... 3/27/2015 3:21 PM

Woman accused of kidnap plot created business persona online
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A woman police say concocted a plot to kill mothers and steal their babies to pass off as her own calls herself a mogul, a motivational speaker, a songwriter and one of the "kindest women you will ever meet" on her many websites.... 3/27/2015 3:33 PM

Death of baby cut from womb doesn't lead to murder charge
DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado woman accused of cutting the unborn 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 1:39 PM



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