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Victims in Texas blast choose closure over answers
WEST, Texas (AP) -- Families of the 15 people killed in a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant have spent the year since the blast navigating the difficult balance between moving forward and digging for answers from the past....
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2 charged in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Two more people were charged Wednesday in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father, bringing the number to at least eight people who authorities say were involved in the elaborate plot....
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US judge overturns North Dakota abortion law
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A federal judge has overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant....
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Freeze leaves Florida Panhandle with dead trees
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- From airports to hotels to schools and churches, non-native palm and fruit trees are a popular and costly part of landscaping throughout Florida's Panhandle. Nowadays those trees are mostly brown and withering because of the region's unusually cold winter....
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Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives....
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Up to 100 Ga. students hit by pepper spray blast
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Police say up to 100 students were affected by a blast of pepper spray set off in a hallway at a Georgia high school....
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Defense says bombing suspect's family key to case
BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have told a judge that understanding their client's family is key to their case....
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Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The man who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 has apologized for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda mainly against the Tutsi minority - and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people according to government figures....
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Guilty plea in shooting at Va. college inside mall
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A man accused of shooting and wounding two women at a community college inside a Virginia mall has pleaded guilty to four felony charges....
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Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines
NEW YORK (AP) -- Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business....
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Former Rothstein CFO charged in $1.2B Ponzi scheme
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The former chief financial officer of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's law firm has been charged with conspiracy in the $1.2 billion fraud....
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California considers protecting rare gray wolf
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A state board will consider granting the gray wolf endangered species status on Wednesday, giving it a chance at returning to California in significant numbers after a decades-long hiatus....
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Judge stays most of Ohio gay marriage ruling
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A federal judge has put on hold the majority of what attorneys have called a "momentous" change to Ohio's gay marriage law....
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Cargo ship grounded in windy Chesapeake Bay
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- An evening thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 mph caused a cargo ship to run aground, coming to rest just a few hundred feet from the beach and drawing plenty of onlookers from nearby condos and apartments Wednesday morning....
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Man charged with marathon hoax due in court
BOSTON (AP) -- A man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings has a mental disorder, his mother told The Associated Press on Wednesday....
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