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New York fire, building collapse injure 12; gas blast blamed
NEW YORK (AP) -- An apartment building collapsed in a fiery burst of rubble and flames spread to nearby buildings in what officials said appeared to be a gas-related explosion, injuring at least a dozen people and scattering debris across surrounding streets in the heart of Manhattan's trendy East Village.... 3/26/2015 10:19 PM


Jury shown graphic autopsy photos of Boston bombing victim
BOSTON (AP) -- A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death on the pavement.... 3/26/2015 10:19 PM

Lawyer disputes police's hoax claim in California kidnapping
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) -- A lawyer disputes police claims that the kidnapping of a California woman was a hoax and says her boyfriend was bound and drugged during the abduction.... 3/26/2015 9:32 PM

Feds: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack
CHICAGO (AP) -- An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged that he could kill at least 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing their arrests.... 3/26/2015 9:08 PM

Bergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.... 3/26/2015 6:08 PM

Grateful Oklahomans salvage belongings after killer storm
SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains' first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low but understanding that nature's next punch could be far worse.... 3/26/2015 9:46 PM

Indiana governor overrides law to authorize needle exchange
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use.... 3/26/2015 9:32 PM

Answers to common questions about HIV, needles and drug use
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps to help contain the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users in one county. Some answers to common questions about needles, drug abuse and the virus that causes AIDS:... 3/26/2015 9:17 PM

Indiana religious objections bill signed as dispute swirls
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vigorously defended the state religious objections bill that he signed into law Thursday as businesses and organizations including the NCAA pressed concerns that it could open the door to legalizing discrimination against gay people.... 3/26/2015 9:31 PM



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