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Gas-line blast closes major highway, injures at least 11
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.... 4/18/2015 4:24 AM

Volunteer deputy sold company, went back to police work
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- After he sold his insurance company for around $6 million, Robert Bates sought to return to a profession he tried for a year in his early 20s: law enforcement.... 4/18/2015 3:09 AM

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred
From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life - a testament to the resilience of nature.... 4/18/2015 2:11 AM

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing
ATLANTA (AP) -- Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.... 4/18/2015 4:51 AM

Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table
BOSTON (AP) -- The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man convicted in the case.... 4/17/2015 3:22 PM

Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.... 4/18/2015 5:04 AM

Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town
SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) -- A man was sentenced to 100 years in prison Friday in a Montana teacher's murder - a case that local officials say robbed the victim's rural hometown of its innocence amid an oil boom that's swept across the Northern Plains.... 4/18/2015 12:13 AM

McVeigh defense archive shows bomber viewed blast as failure
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Timothy McVeigh considered the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building 20 years ago somewhat of a failure, viewed himself as a "Paul Revere-type messenger" and even suggested his defense team should receive $800,000 from the government, according an archive of documents donated by the convicted bomber's lead attorney.... 4/17/2015 8:15 PM

Authorities remove 5 bodies from Phoenix home after shooting
PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities removed five bodies from a Phoenix home Friday where they say a man shot and killed his mother, two brothers and one of their wives before taking his own life.... 4/18/2015 12:44 AM

Prosecutor: Reputed mobster discussed stolen Boston artwork
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A reputed Connecticut mobster suspected of a connection to the artwork stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 discussed the paintings with an undercover FBI agent, a prosecutor said Friday.... 4/17/2015 10:46 PM

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