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Gunman demanded to know ex-wife's whereabouts
SPRING, Texas (AP) -- A man charged with killing four children and their parents forced his way into the family's suburban Houston home, tied them up and shot them in the back of the head when they refused to tell him where his ex-wife was, authorities said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 10:39 PM

Prostitute in Google exec case linked to 2nd death
MILTON, Ga. (AP) -- Two months before police say a high-priced prostitute calmly left a Google executive dying from a heroin overdose on his yacht, the woman panicked on the phone with a 911 dispatcher as her boyfriend lay on the floor of their home in the throes of a fatal overdose.... 7/10/2014 10:30 PM

Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.... 7/11/2014 2:03 AM

Disabled people denied voting rights, group says
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county.... 7/10/2014 6:43 PM

Hot spot: Yellowstone road melts, sites closed
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of tourist season, officials said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 4:12 PM

Alarms, firework report investigated in fatal fire
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- The building where five members of one family died along with two other victims in an intense blaze had an alarm system, yet witnesses say no warning sounded. That's one thing investigators are focusing on, along with reports that sounds of fireworks or an explosion preceded the flames.... 7/11/2014 12:36 AM

California man sentenced to 15 years for espionage
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28.3 million for a rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China a secret recipe to a widely used white pigment.... 7/11/2014 2:06 AM

Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) -- The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about 200 yards from the source of the spill, a company official said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 10:57 PM

Questions and answers about saltwater spills
An estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, company and tribal officials say, and federal authorities are investigating whether any of the liquid reached Lake Sakakawea, one of the nation's largest man-made lakes. Here are some questions and answers about the spill and saltwater:... 7/10/2014 7:23 PM

Colorado gay couples wed but on shaky legal ground
DENVER (AP) -- Technically, their state still does not recognize gay marriages. But that hasn't stopped hundreds of gay Coloradans from getting marriage licenses from two county clerks who argue they still have the legal right to provide them to loving couples.... 7/11/2014 2:02 AM