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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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Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles

Apr 18, 2014

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.

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SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

Apr 18, 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.

Following its midday launch through cloudy skies, the ...

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Restitution ordered over dead, dying reptiles

Apr 18, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution.

Mitchell Steven Behm, 55, of Coto de Caza, also was sentenced to five years of probation ...

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Man who avoided prison is overwhelmed by support

Apr 18, 2014

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public.

Meanwhile, the Missouri attorney general ...

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Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors

Apr 18, 2014

By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.

Race ...

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Little-known Democrat tries to unseat Scott Walker

Apr 18, 2014

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

For ...

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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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Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

Apr 18, 2014

By JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting ...

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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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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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