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Little government response to bombing a year later
BOSTON (AP) -- A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action.... 4/17/2014 6:01 AM

Openings begin in US trial of Egyptian preacher
NEW YORK (AP) -- The imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday before a defense attorney promised that the defendant will explain himself during the trial.... 4/17/2014 11:32 AM

Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?... 4/17/2014 4:31 AM

What's next in gay marriage's legal odyssey?
Thursday's hearing in Denver is the second of two hearings on gay marriage that are weighted with legal significance. The cases are the first time an appellate court has considered the ramifications of last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The 30-minute hearing on the legality of Oklahoma's gay marriage ban comes one week after a three-judge panel heard a similar case originating from Utah.... 4/17/2014 4:32 AM

Texas town recovering, year after deadly blast
WEST, Texas (AP) -- As word spread of a spiraling fire at this Texas town's fertilizer plant, volunteers raced to protect families and elderly residents who lived nearby. Then came the deafening explosion.... 4/17/2014 7:57 AM

Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced
CHICAGO (AP) -- Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison.... 4/17/2014 7:47 AM

Reservoir to be flushed because of urinating teen
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot - the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure.... 4/17/2014 11:02 AM

Fund raises thousands for exonerated NYC man
NEW YORK (AP) -- A recently exonerated man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers who have contributed to an online fund for him.... 4/17/2014 5:55 AM

Blast on site of ammunition plant kills 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Hospital authorities have confirmed the name of the man who died after an explosion at an ammunition plant in Tennessee.... 4/17/2014 10:23 AM

Holder: Americans stand with Kansas City mourners
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder says all Americans are standing with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.... 4/17/2014 11:37 AM