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Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

Apr 18, 2014

By FENIT NIRAPPIL and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount ...

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Court chaos: Iraqi man convicted in wife's murder

Apr 18, 2014

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — What began as a hate crime investigation two years ago has led to the murder conviction of an Iraqi immigrant, whose wife was found badly beaten with a threatening note labeling her a terrorist.

The verdict delivered Thursday against Kassim ...

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Suspect arrested in Kansas City highway shootings

Apr 18, 2014

By BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks that have wounded three motorists and frightened many more.

Police Chief Darryl Forte said at a news conference that ...

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Views differ of imam accused in terror case

Apr 18, 2014

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian imam who led a London mosque more than a dozen years ago was portrayed in opening statements at his terrorism trial as an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida by a prosecutor and as a reasonable man who helped authorities ...

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Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

Apr 18, 2014

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life — and then died doing it, becoming a central character in one of the most gripping manhunts the nation has ever seen.

The three people ...

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911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash

Apr 17, 2014

By FENIT NIRAPPIL and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

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,

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Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

Apr 17, 2014

By EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

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.

Stores of ammonium nitrate exploded in a gigantic blast ...

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Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers

Apr 17, 2014

By GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

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 ...

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Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

Apr 17, 2014

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and KRISTI EATON, Associated Press

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.

U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome ...

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Police: Student ate more pot than recommended

Apr 17, 2014

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

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 ...

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Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

Apr 17, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the year of the baby: Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year.

The 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the ...

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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

Apr 17, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

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 ...

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Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3½ years

Apr 17, 2014

By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Former inmate Walter Unbehaun has gotten what he said he wanted when he robbed a suburban Chicago bank last year. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison.

A federal judge in Chicago sentenced him to 3 1/2 years in prison ...

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Dirty creek, old purse solve four-decade mystery

Apr 17, 2014

By CARSON WALKER, Associated Press

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.

But the 17-year-old girls weren't known for frequenting parties, so when they didn't show ...

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Holder: Hate crimes 'an affront to who we are'

Apr 17, 2014

By MARIA SUDEKUM and ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday, adding that hate crimes are "an affront" to the nation.

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NYC to change maligned Sandy rebuilding program

Apr 17, 2014

By MEGHAN BARR, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes.

Speaking to about 50 homeowners,

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Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

Apr 17, 2014

By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

The find, announced ...

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Ky. jury says ex-priest should serve 15 years

Apr 17, 2014

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A jury says a former priest convicted of felony sex abuse charges in Louisville should serve a 15-year prison sentence.

James Schook's attorneys had asked for a more lenient sentence since the 66-year-old has late-stage cancer and other health ...

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Police: Mom drove into river trying to kill 3 kids

Apr 17, 2014

By KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press

Three teens frantically used their cellphones to call for help from a sinking van after their troubled mother drove them into a river, their father said Thursday.

Ultimately, a passer-by helped all four escape from the cold Delaware River in Florence Township ...

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