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Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty

Apr 18, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said.

Capt. Gregory McWherter was removed from his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado, where he ...

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Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings

Apr 18, 2014

By MARIA SUDEKUM, Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen recent highway shootings that have wounded three people.

Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said at a news conference ...

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Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

Apr 18, 2014

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for ...

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NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

Apr 18, 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more.

Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon Friday as planned, avoiding the precious historic artifacts left behind by moonwalkers.

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Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

Apr 18, 2014

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.

With the chance to apply for hundreds ...

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MIT honors officer slain after bombs went off

Apr 18, 2014

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life — and then died doing it, becoming a central character in the gripping hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The three ...

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Storms threaten 2nd launch try to space station

Apr 18, 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX returned to the launch pad Friday in hopes of finally delivering supplies to the International Space Station, but stormy weather threatened to interfere.

NASA's commercial supplier was foiled by a leaky rocket valve during ...

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Views differ of imam accused in US terrorism case

Apr 18, 2014

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian imam who led a London mosque more than a dozen years ago was portrayed in opening statements at his terrorism trial as an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida by a prosecutor and as a reasonable man who helped authorities ...

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Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

Apr 18, 2014

By FENIT NIRAPPIL and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount ...

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Court chaos: Iraqi man convicted in wife's murder

Apr 18, 2014

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — What began as a hate crime investigation two years ago has led to the murder conviction of an Iraqi immigrant, whose wife was found badly beaten with a threatening note labeling her a terrorist.

The verdict delivered Thursday against Kassim ...

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Suspect arrested in Kansas City highway shootings

Apr 18, 2014

By BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks that have wounded three motorists and frightened many more.

Police Chief Darryl Forte said at a news conference that ...

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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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Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

Apr 17, 2014

By EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

WEST, Texas (AP) — As word spread of a spiraling fire at this Texas town's fertilizer plant, volunteers raced to protect families and elderly residents who lived nearby. Then came the deafening explosion.

Stores of ammonium nitrate exploded in a gigantic blast ...

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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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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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