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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.... 4/17/2014 5:40 PM

Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman's constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities, one of several recent federal court decisions to scrutinize the practice of keeping people in jail after they're eligible for release so that they can be considered for deportation.... 4/17/2014 8:24 PM

911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) -- With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, motorists described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead.... 4/17/2014 8:02 PM

Police: Suspect in custody in KC highway shootings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City's police chief says a suspect in a string of random highway shootings that have wounded three people is in custody.... 4/17/2014 8:04 PM

4th US Navy official charged in bribery scheme
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified information.... 4/17/2014 8:37 PM

Dirty creek, old purse solve four-decade mystery
ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) -- Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson had planned to celebrate the end of the 1971 school year by gathering with classmates at a quarry along a gravel road.... 4/17/2014 5:38 PM

Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case
DENVER (AP) -- A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.... 4/17/2014 7:36 PM

Police: Student ate more pot than recommended
DENVER (AP) -- A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show - a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.... 4/17/2014 8:07 PM

Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that initially was considered a hate crime because a note found next to her body said: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist."... 4/17/2014 6:55 PM

Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3 1/2 years
CHICAGO (AP) -- An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home - prison.... 4/17/2014 8:56 PM