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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 4:25 PM

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 4:42 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 was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole, after the mother of one of the victims called him a "useless waste of space and air" and declared he's "going straight to hell."... 3/27/2015 4:05 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

University of Oklahoma to disclose fraternity probe findings
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- The University of Oklahoma on Friday plans to disclose the results of its investigation into a racist fraternity chant that was captured on video, including any disciplinary action it will take against members of the now-defunct fraternity.... 3/27/2015 4:01 PM

Toilets, lingerie, shacking up: Some of Florida's odd bills
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida legislators filed more than 1,700 bills for consideration during their two-month session that ends in May. Some are routine, some deal with high-profile issues such as abortion and guns, and some are just odd. Here's a look at a few that fall into the last category:... 3/27/2015 3:41 PM



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