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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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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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Police: Suspect in custody in KC highway shootings

Apr 17, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City's police chief says a suspect in a string of random highway shootings that have wounded three people is in custody.

Police Chief Darryl Forte tweeted that he will provide additional information about the new developments in the investigation at a news conference ...

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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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Openings begin in US trial of Egyptian preacher

Apr 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A defense lawyer has told a jury in New York that an Egyptian Islamic preacher on trial on charges that he supported terrorism around the world has never harmed Americans.

Attorney Joshua Dratel (DRAY'-tehl) told jurors during an opening statement Thursday that Mustafa Kamel ...

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Blast on site of ammunition plant kills 1

Apr 17, 2014

By TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hospital authorities have confirmed the name of the man who died after an explosion at an ammunition plant in Tennessee.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center spokesman Craig Boerner said Rodney Edwards arrived at the hospital shortly after ...

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Portland Plans Reservoir Flush After Teen Cited for Urinating

Apr 17, 2014

By STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original.

Portland officials said Wednesday they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water for the second time in less than three years ...

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Fund raises thousands for exonerated NYC man

Apr 17, 2014

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A recently exonerated man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers who have contributed to an online fund for him.

About 70 people had given a total ...

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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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