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Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

Apr 20, 2014

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But with eight months ...

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NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

Apr 20, 2014

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law ...

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In Colorado, a pot holiday goes mainstream

Apr 20, 2014

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI

DENVER (AP) — The 4/20 stoner holiday is going mainstream in Colorado.

April 20 has traditionally been a day for marijuana activists to defiantly light up to protest their drug of choice being outlawed. But Colorado has legalized pot. This weekend is filled with ...

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NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

Apr 19, 2014

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law ...

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Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

Apr 19, 2014

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

Workers and residents have watched ...

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Body found by highway is missing Massachusetts boy

Apr 19, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday.

The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D.

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Police raid LA Times building after threat reports

Apr 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police took a man into custody Friday night inside the Los Angeles Times building after it was locked down because of a shooting threat report, the newspaper reported.

A man in his 20s was detained by police and removed from the building less than an hour after the threat ...

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Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings

Apr 18, 2014

By MARIA SUDEKUM, Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings that wounded three ...

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Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

Apr 18, 2014

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school.

Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom.

The senior at ...

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APNewsBreak: Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

Apr 18, 2014

By CARLA K. JOHNSON and SARA BURNETT, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.

The memo dated Friday, which The Associated ...

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SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

Apr 18, 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.

Following its midday launch through cloudy skies, the ...

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Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles

Apr 18, 2014

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.

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Restitution ordered over dead, dying reptiles

Apr 18, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution.

Mitchell Steven Behm, 55, of Coto de Caza, also was sentenced to five years of probation ...

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Man who avoided prison is overwhelmed by support

Apr 18, 2014

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public.

Meanwhile, the Missouri attorney general ...

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Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors

Apr 18, 2014

By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.

Race ...

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Little-known Democrat tries to unseat Scott Walker

Apr 18, 2014

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

For ...

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Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty

Apr 18, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said.

Capt. Gregory McWherter was removed from his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado, where he ...

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Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

Apr 18, 2014

By JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting ...

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Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

Apr 18, 2014

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for ...

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