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Utility: Inspectors found faulty work before NYC blast
NEW YORK (AP) -- An hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty....
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10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:...
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Suspect in theft of unborn baby won't face murder charge
DENVER (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Colorado woman accused of removing a baby from an expectant mother's belly will not face murder charges, but they have not explained the decision or disclosed what charges she will face....
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Prosecutors turn to stepmother in girl's running death
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) -- With the grandmother of a girl who was run to death headed to prison for life, authorities are now turning their attention to the stepmother who they say did nothing to help the child....
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Sheriff describes 'horrific' scene where brothers were shot
HUDSON, Fla. (AP) -- When a Florida sheriff's deputy responded to a 911 call of a shooting at a mobile home, he heard a chilling sound, a young, high-pitched voice screaming: "I've been shot. I've been shot."...
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Lawyer says kidnapping wasn't hoax, woman talking to police
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) -- Declaring a reported kidnapping wasn't a hoax, the attorney for California woman who went missing for two days says she has met with police and is cooperating with their investigation....
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Woman accused in kidnap plot branded self mogul, motivator
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A woman who police say is at the center of a scheme to kidnap babies to claim as her own calls herself a mogul, a motivational speaker, a poet, a songwriter and one of the "kindest women you will ever meet," on her many websites....
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Quotations in the News
"The victims realized just at the last moment. We can hear them screaming." - Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin, describing passengers' cries of terror just before a co-pilot deliberately plowed Germanwings Flight 9525 into a French mountainside....
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Sea otter rescued in California oil spill dies of shark bite
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- A sea otter that became an ambassador for her species after a remarkable recovery from an oil tar soaking off the coast of Northern California has been killed by a shark....
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Video shows 'hospitality ambassador' beating homeless man
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- A man has been fired from his job as a "hospitality ambassador" in Berkeley after video surfaced that appears to show him beating up a homeless man....
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Semi plows into unfinished Texas interstate bridge; 1 killed
SALADO, Texas (AP) -- A tractor-trailer slammed into construction beams along a major interstate in Central Texas on Thursday, killing one person and halting traffic in both directions for several hours, authorities said....
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Victim's mom to confront man with bodies in yard
Geraldine Kerkowski knows the northeastern Pennsylvania man convicted of strangling her son, a pharmacist and father of two, probably won't care when she tells him exactly what she thinks of him....
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Jury finds ex-San Francisco bank executive guilty of fraud
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A former executive of a San Francisco-based bank that received federal bailout money has been convicted of fraud....
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San Francisco Chronicle heir, board member Nan McEvoy dies
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Nan Tucker McEvoy, the last member of the San Francisco Chronicle's founding family to head the newspaper, died Thursday after a long convalescence. She was 95....
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School board: Disabled student can use faculty restroom
MUNHALL, Pa. (AP) -- A school board in western Pennsylvania voted unanimously Thursday night to deny a grievance brought by teachers seeking to prevent a special needs student from using a faculty restroom....
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