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Major oil and gas firm to list fracking chemicals

Apr 24, 2014

By KEVIN BEGOS and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a shift for a ...

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Oregon moves to dump health exchange website

Apr 24, 2014

By GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead.

A top Cover Oregon official,

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After court drama, Oklahoma to have 2 executions

Apr 24, 2014

By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday.

The move comes a day after the state Supreme Court removed one of the final obstacles, ruling late Wednesday that Clayton Lockett and Charles ...

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Ex-soldier convicted in daughter's beating death

Apr 24, 2014

By SAM EIFLING, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted a former Hawaii soldier of murder in the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter.

Jurors in Honolulu also found Naeem Williams guilty of the other four counts against him: aiding murder, conspiracy, obstruction ...

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Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods

Apr 24, 2014

By LISA RATHKE and DAVE GRAM, Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the ...

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Company stopped from accepting abortion waste

Apr 24, 2014

By STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power.

While taking the action, Marion ...

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Man gets life in prison in retirement home deaths

Apr 24, 2014

By JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — A 67-year-old grandfather was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole in the killing of two women at a Detroit retirement home.

Meanwhile, the family of one victim filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit this week against ...

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Government to review Northwestern bid to unionize

Apr 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University's request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective bargaining rights.

It said a previously scheduled vote by Northwestern ...

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Navy probes report of gunman at San Diego base

Apr 24, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials at the U.S. Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego are searching the base after an unconfirmed report of an armed individual there.

Navy spokesman Brian O'Rourke said Thursday that a shelter-in-place order was issued for parts of the base.

O'Rourke stresses that there are ...

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FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes

Apr 24, 2014

By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Tobacco Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.

Most everyone agrees a ban on selling them to kids would be a step forward. But health and public policy experts can't say for certain whether the electronic ...

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Family of slain TSA agent files claim for $25M

Apr 24, 2014

By TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The widow and two children of a security screener killed in an attack at Los Angeles International Airport last year have filed a $25 million claim against the city of Los Angeles.

AlderLaw P.C. said Thursday the claim was filed on behalf of the ...

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9/11 museum film draws heat for portrayal of Islam

Apr 24, 2014

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A film that will be shown at the National September 11 Memorial Museum when it opens next month unfairly links Islam and terrorism, clergy members said in letters demanding it be changed.

"The Rise of Al Qaeda," a brief documentary narrated by NBC ...

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Residents of Wyoming town allowed to return home

Apr 24, 2014

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Residents were allowed to return home Thursday, nearly 22 hours after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant forced the evacuation of their small southwestern Wyoming town.

Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik said that the evacuation order was lifted shortly after ...

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South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

Apr 24, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States.

South Korea is reeling from ...

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NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

Apr 24, 2014

By CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the ...

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Nevada rancher Bundy condemned for racist remarks

Apr 24, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada rancher at the center of a national feud with the federal government over cattle grazing is facing sharp criticism for racist comments he made that were published in a New York Times article.

Cliven Bundy was quoted in the Times story making disparaging remarks about ...

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GOP senators attack Obama deportations review

Apr 24, 2014

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators accused President Barack Obama Thursday of displaying "an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law and the rights of American citizens" by considering ...

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Camilla's brother dies in New York of head injury

Apr 24, 2014

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a Manhattan hotel bar and suffered a head injury, British royal officials said.

Mark Shand, chairman of an elephant conservation ...

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