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11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

Apr 25, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said.

Three of the injured — the driver and two of the children — were taken to hospitals in critical condition ...

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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, a capital offense in a state that doesn't have the death penalty.

Jurors in Honolulu will now be asked to decide during a penalty ...

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Pellet gun firing causes Navy base lockdown

Apr 24, 2014

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A major Navy base ground to a halt for more than two hours Thursday after a sailor waved a weapon from a sixth-floor barracks room that turned out to be a pellet gun used for recreational purposes, officials said.

The sailor, whose name was not ...

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Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

Apr 24, 2014

By MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery.

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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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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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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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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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