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Wash. kids stop school bus after driver stricken

Apr 10, 2012

MILTON, Wash. (AP) — A dozen students may not have been looking forward to school on the first day back after spring break, but they knew what to do when their bus driver slumped over the wheel unconscious.

Surveillance video shows 13-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick rushing down the aisle and grabbing ...

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3 Md. school workers split Mega Millions win

Apr 10, 2012

By SARAH BRUMFIELD, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two public school teachers and a school administrator are sharing the spoils of last month's record Mega Millions jackpot, planning trips to Europe, new homes and a daughter's college education, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday.

The ...

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US teen births: Miss. has highest rate, NH lowest

Apr 10, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Teen births fell again in the United States in 2010 with the highest rate once more in Mississippi, according to a new government report.

Nearly every state saw a decline in teen births from 2007 to 2010, with the biggest drop in Arizona at 29 percent. Rates stayed about the same ...

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Wash. man on the run finds time to update Facebook

Apr 10, 2012

By DOUG ESSER, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — A 26-year-old Washington state man who has eluded an extensive police search has been making time to update his Facebook page as authorities continue their efforts to catch him.

His first day on the run, one friend of Travis A. Nicolaysen posted to ...

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W.Va. mine blast survivor cases linger with Alpha

Apr 10, 2012

By VICKI SMITH, Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Nine men who survived West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine disaster want to abandon mediation of their personal injury claims and start gathering evidence for trial because they say the mine's new owner isn't negotiating in good faith.

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In Ark., voters not talking about Afghanistan war

Apr 10, 2012

By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Tom Cotton and John Cowart share an unusual credential as they compete for a congressional seat in southern Arkansas. Both have served with the military in Afghanistan, and both are ready to talk to voters about a war that is growing ...

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Fort Hood shooting suspect seeks trial delay again

Apr 10, 2012

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military judge is to hear arguments on whether to postpone until October the trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage.

Maj. Nidal Hasan's (nih-DAHL' hah-SAHN') attorneys have not said why they want the trial postponed from June until ...

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Report: 150,000 languish in NKorean prison camps

Apr 10, 2012

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 150,000 North Koreans are incarcerated in a Soviet-style, hidden gulag despite the communist government's denial it holds political prisoners, a human rights group reported Tuesday.

The U.S.-based Committee for Human Rights in ...

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Study: Obama's health care law would raise deficit

Apr 9, 2012

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reigniting a debate about the bottom line for President Barack Obama's health care law, a leading conservative economist estimates in a study to be released Tuesday that the overhaul will add at least $340 billion to the deficit, not ...

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Prosecutors detain CA teen to solidify rape case

Apr 9, 2012

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have taken the unusual step of detaining an alleged teenage rape victim who has a history of running away, saying she is a key witness against a man prosecutors say is a career criminal and serial rapist.

Victims' rights ...

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Fed evaluation: 3 more pesticides may harm salmon

Apr 9, 2012

By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

A draft federal evaluation has found that three more common pesticides used on home lawns and agricultural crops jeopardize the survival of West Coast salmon.

The evaluation from NOAA Fisheries Service is the latest one resulting from lawsuits filed by ...

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Motive for Tulsa shootings may lie in 2010 killing

Apr 9, 2012

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The explanation for a shooting rampage that terrorized Tulsa's black neighborhood and left three people dead may lie in a killing that took place more than two years ago.

Carl England, whose son is accused in the weekend shooting ...

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Police: 2 suspects confessed in Tulsa shootings

Apr 9, 2012

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police documents filed in court say the two suspects arrested in a shooting spree that terrorized Tulsa's black community have both confessed.

An affidavit filed Monday says 19-year-old Jake England confessed to shooting three people and 32-year-old Alvin Watts confessed to ...

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Police: Mom found 3 slain adults at Minn. day care

Apr 9, 2012

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — A mother who had a suspicious feeling after she dropped off her toddler at a home day care Monday returned to the house a few minutes later to make a grisly discovery: three adults inside, shot dead.

The woman's child was unhurt and no ...

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Wave of bomb threats at Pitt leaves campus on edge

Apr 9, 2012

By KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dozens of bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh, including at least four on Monday, have made professors start holding classes outside and forced security officials to put in new building access measures and offer a $50,000 reward for ...

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Md. winner claims share of $656M jackpot

Apr 9, 2012

By SARAH BRUMFIELD, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — The holder of a winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Maryland claimed a share of the record-breaking $656 million prize on Monday, but will remain anonymous, state lottery officials announced.

The winner claimed the prize at lottery ...

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Indiana man charged with child sexual exploitation

Apr 9, 2012

By CHARLES WILSON, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators are trying to identify hundreds of potential victims whose images were found on the computer of an Indiana man charged with coercing two teenage boys into performing online sex acts for him by threatening to post on gay porn ...

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Birth control pioneer says fight had personal cost

Apr 9, 2012

By BRIDGET MURPHY, Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Taunts of "baby killer" and "butcher" still echo in Bill Baird's ears, nearly five decades after he began fighting for birth control and abortion rights.

Now 79, the Massachusetts man says a Georgetown University law student's recent ...

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New federal early learning contest announced

Apr 9, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has announced that five states that were finalists in an earlier competition for millions in federal dollars to improve early learning programs will be able to compete for a new pot of money.

Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin are ...

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Finalists emerge to redesign National Mall sites

Apr 9, 2012

By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lakeside gardens, dining rooms hovering over water, grassy new amphitheaters and underground pavilions at the foot of the Washington Monument have emerged as finalists in a design competition to overhaul neglected sites on the National Mall.

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