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Court won't hear Fla. employee drug testing rule

Apr 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott over his plan to require random drug tests for thousands of state workers.

The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting an appeal that sought to allow testing on up to 85,000 employees. A lower court is ...

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Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet

Apr 21, 2014

By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.

"Doesn't even remember the flight," FBI ...

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MARATHON WATCH: Hoyts running Boston for last time

Apr 21, 2014

By The Associated Press

A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

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FATHER-SON FINALE: Dick and Rick Hoyt are among the most recognizable faces at the Boston Marathon. Rick has cerebral palsy and his father, Dick, pushes him along the course in a wheelchair every year. They've completed ...

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UAW withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

Apr 21, 2014

By ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing an appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee.

In a statement released one hour before the scheduled start of a National Labor Relations Board ...

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Dozens denied Navy base access due to past crimes

Apr 21, 2014

By BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Dozens of transportation workers have been denied access to Navy bases on the East Coast because of their criminal histories since more stringent rules were put in place following a fatal shooting aboard a destroyer in Virginia, according to ...

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High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

Apr 21, 2014

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.

The battle ...

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16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

Apr 21, 2014

By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials ...

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After Bombs, Boston Marathon Under Tight Security

Apr 21, 2014

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — State and local officials are hoping for a safe but still enjoyable day for the 36,000 runners planning to participate in the Boston Marathon and the hundreds of thousands of spectators.

One year after a pair of homemade bombs killed three people and ...

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Car hits packed Florida church, injuring about 20

Apr 21, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A car slammed into a packed Florida church Sunday night just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, barreling through its brick outer wall and several rows of pews and injuring about 20 people, authorities said.

The Lexus sedan struck the Second Haitian Baptist ...

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Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

Apr 20, 2014

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in ...

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On eve of marathon, festivities and tight security

Apr 20, 2014

By AMY CRAWFORD, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — In many ways, it felt like any other pre-marathon Sunday in Boston.

Families celebrated Easter, diners enjoyed the spring weather at sidewalk cafes, and runners — easily identified by their trim builds and colorful jackets — picked up last-minute ...

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Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

Apr 20, 2014

By DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help ...

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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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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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