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AP Photos: Colorado hosts its own fracking boom

Apr 17, 2014

By BRENNAN LINSLEY, Associated Press

MEAD, Colo. (AP) — Workers bustle at an oil and gas drilling site near Mead, Colo., a town of about 3,800 people north of Denver.

The hydraulic fracturing operation, also known as "fracking," and others like it pump hundreds of thousands of gallons of water,

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Texas town recovering year after deadly blast

Apr 17, 2014

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

WEST, Texas (AP) — Residents of the small Texas town of West are honoring the past but looking ahead on the one-year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people.

A fire at the West Fertilizer Company triggered a blast so ...

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Blast at Tennessee plant kills 1, injures 3

Apr 17, 2014

By SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A plant explosion and fire killed one person and left three injured Wednesday, emergency authorities said.

The plant is located on a property where several businesses have federal licenses for ammunition and explosives, said Bureau of ...

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Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured

Apr 16, 2014

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Two firetrucks heading to a burning home collided Wednesday in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and injuring 15 people, including at least five firefighters.

One of the victims was in critical condition,

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Man executed for killing 3 members of Texas family

Apr 16, 2014

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday.

The lethal injection of Jose Villegas, 39, was carried out after ...

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Hopes high Negro League stadium will make comeback

Apr 16, 2014

By SAMANTHA HENRY, Associated Press

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium.

Though silent for decades, the former home of several Negro League teams is getting another chance at bat as ...

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Ex-official leaves huge debt for California city

Apr 16, 2014

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in ...

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Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers

Apr 16, 2014

By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Pressure was building Wednesday for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions, a day after the city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group to reduce payouts.

The city has an $816 million ...

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Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

Apr 16, 2014

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes among diabetics fell by more than 60 ...

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Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

Apr 16, 2014

By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week.

The actions of the man, whose mother ...

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NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts

Apr 16, 2014

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The move by New York City's new police commissioner to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the huge post-9/11 intelligence-gathering machinery built by his predecessor.

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Denver police eye 911 response time after killing

Apr 16, 2014

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Authorities were investigating Wednesday whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot at least 12 minutes into a 911 call in which she said her husband was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him.

Police officials ...

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Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network

Apr 16, 2014

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a ...

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Man charged with marathon hoax is held on bail

Apr 16, 2014

By PAIGE SUTHERLAND, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday after an initial court appearance.

Kevin "Kayvon" Edson, 25, was sent to ...

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Robber who lived productive life seeks release

Apr 16, 2014

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.

So Anderson didn't report. He spent the ...

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Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Apr 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.

That's because more than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the hourly minimum, currently $7.25.

Those exclusions run from some workers with disabilities to ...

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Police: Utah woman gave birth at home

Apr 16, 2014

By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home, authorities said Wednesday.

Investigators have determined that Megan Huntsman, 39, did not go to a hospital ...

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Cargo ship runs aground in windy Chesapeake Bay

Apr 16, 2014

By BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 mph ripped a cargo ship's anchors from the seafloor and caused it to run aground just a few hundred feet from a beach, drawing onlookers from nearby condos and apartments Wednesday morning.

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Judge stays most of Ohio gay marriage ruling

Apr 16, 2014

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid "premature celebration and ...

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Suspect found guilty in 4 Omaha shooting deaths

Apr 16, 2014

By MARGERY BECK, Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting four people in Omaha over 10 days last summer was on Wednesday found guilty of murder.

Nikko Jenkins, 27, who is representing himself, filed a handwritten motion to the Douglas County District Court last week ...

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