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by AP posted Apr 30 2013 8:22AM

A spaceship bankrolled by British tycoon Sir Richard Branson made its first engine-powered flight Monday. The test flight moves Virgin Galactic toward its goal of flying into space later this year.
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by AP posted Apr 30 2013 8:21AM

FBI agents investigating the Boston Marathon bombings have visited the Rhode Island home of dead suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's in-laws and carried away several bags.
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Location : Rhode Island
by AP posted Apr 29 2013 6:41PM
 WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it will launch a new investigation into foods with added caffeine and their potential impact on the health of children and adolescents. 
 
     The FDA's new look at added caffeine is in response to a caffeinated gum introduced this week by Wrigley. Called Alert Energy Gum, it promises "The right energy, right now." 
 
     Michael Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner of foods, said in a statement Monday that the proliferation of caffeine added to foods is "beyond anything FDA envisioned." 
 
     Taylor said the agency will look at the potential impact these "new and easy sources" of caffeine will have on children's health and will take action if necessary. The agency previously launched an investigation into the safety of energy drinks. 
 
by AP posted Apr 29 2013 6:40PM
 BOSTON (AP) - Prominent death penalty lawyer Judy Clarke is joining the team representing the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
 
     The appointment of Clarke, based in San Diego, Calif., was approved Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler.
 
     Bowler denied a request from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) public defender to appoint a second death penalty lawyer. Bowler says Tsarnaev's lawyers could renew their motion to appoint another death penalty expert if Tsarnaev is indicted.
 
     The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction during the April 15 marathon. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line.
 
     Clarke's clients have included Unabomber Ted Kaczynski; Susan Smith, who drowned her two children; and most recently Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner. All received life sentences instead of the death penalty.
 
by WPIX-New York City posted Apr 29 2013 9:12AM

Exciting things are about to happen. 1 World Trade center is a step closer to becoming the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Hilary Whittier picks up the story from Gound
Zero.
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People : Hilary Whittier
by AP posted Apr 29 2013 9:06AM

A man is in custody in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after allegedly stabbing four people in a church Sunday morning. The suspect is expected to face felony charges.
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Location : AlbuquerqueNew Mexico
by AP posted Apr 29 2013 9:04AM

In this era of threatening superbugs, products for fighting hospital infections seem to be multiplying as fast as the germs themselves. Hospitals can now fight superbugs with devices that resemble Star Wars robots.
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by AP posted Apr 29 2013 9:03AM

The man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and others is due in court Monday. James Everett Dutschke was arrested Saturday. He denies all involvement in the case.
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Topics : Law_Crime
by AP posted Apr 29 2013 9:00AM

Residents of the most heavily damaged area of West, Texas can return to their homes this weekend, but not to stay. For some the homecoming will be bittersweet; of the one-hundred-56 homes in the neighborhood, only three are fit for habitation
by CBS posted Apr 26 2013 10:02AM

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks with Jim Axelrod about why she thinks former President George W. Bush had such fierce critics. "When he cared deeply about something, he let it be known," Rice says.
by AP posted Apr 26 2013 9:50AM

Mobile application makers are creating new business opportunity for people in search of a job or just some extra cash. Small business and consumers are embracing this exciting new path
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Topics : Business_Finance
by AP posted Apr 26 2013 9:48AM


After any bomb attack, federal agents reconstruct the explosive, one piece at a time. The reconstruction is a part of the search for clues, and a key to prosecuting the case.
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by AP posted Apr 26 2013 9:43AM

In his latest appeal, Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel launched a barrage of criticism against the attorney who represented him at his murder trial, saying that Michael Sherman failed to competently defend him.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Connecticut
by AP posted Apr 26 2013 9:39AM

Victims of last week's Boston Marathon bombing face huge bills as they begin healing. Heather Abbott of Newport, Rhode Island lost one of her lower legs. She said when the blasts occurred, thoughts of 9/11 raced through her mind.
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Topics : SportsWar_Conflict
Location : BostonNewportRhode Island
People : Heather Abbott
by AP posted Apr 26 2013 9:37AM

U.S. intelligence has concluded with 'varying degrees of confidence,' that the Syrian government has twice used chemical weapons in its fierce civil war, the White House and other top administration officials said Thursday.
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Topics : PoliticsWar_Conflict
by AP posted Apr 26 2013 7:46AM

President Barack Obama on Thursday was consoling mourners of the first responders who died last week in a fertilizer plant explosion that killed at least 14 people and devastated a small Texas town
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Location : Texas
People : Barack Obama
by AP posted Apr 26 2013 7:44AM

Explosions aboard two fuel barges that left three people with critical burns and forced the evacuation of a nearby cruise ship likely occured due to a spark as a crew was cleaning the barges, the Coast Guard said Thursday.
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by AP posted Apr 26 2013 7:41AM

It's a day that brought the current president and the four living former presidents together for the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library in Texas.
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Topics : Politics
Location : Texas
People : George W. Bush
by AP posted Apr 24 2013 9:40AM

Three of eight murder charges were thrown out Tuesday against a Philadelphia abortion provider apparently because the judge had not heard sufficient evidence that the three babies were viable, born alive and then killed.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
by AP posted Apr 24 2013 9:40AM

Three of eight murder charges were thrown out Tuesday against a Philadelphia abortion provider apparently because the judge had not heard sufficient evidence that the three babies were viable, born alive and then killed.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
by AP posted Apr 24 2013 9:39AM

Charges were dropped Tuesday against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others, while authorities searched at another man's home in connection with the case.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Mississippi
People : Barack Obama
by AP posted Apr 24 2013 9:38AM

A Minnesota school district where two students were killed in a 2003 shooting unveiled a new device Tuesday aimed at adding a last-ditch layer of safety for teachers and students: bulletproof whiteboards.
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Location : Minnesota
by AP posted Apr 24 2013 9:22AM

The mother of the suspected Boston bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has asked the media to leave her alone as she grieves for her sons. She says she is trying to understand how they are implicated in the deadly blasts.
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Topics : SportsWar_Conflict
People : Boston Suspects
by AP posted Apr 24 2013 9:21AM

Communities Missouri fought Tuesday to hold back surging rivers swollen by days of drenching rain, even as an approaching storm system threatened new downpours.
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Location : Missouri
by AP posted Apr 24 2013 7:48AM

A woman who works at a golf course in Miami Beach found a bag filled with $36,000 cash on the property but didn't keep it, local media reported. Instead she contacted police who discovered the money belonged to a 76-year-old man.
by AP posted Apr 23 2013 1:05PM

The FBI says they've arrested a former U.S. school teacher who was among the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives as a suspect in a child pornography investigation.
by AP posted Apr 23 2013 1:04PM

The Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent is addressing a teacher test-score cheating scandal with student remediation. School administrators say the scandal did a tremendous amount of damage to the quality of the students' education.
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Topics : Education
Location : Atlanta
by AP posted Apr 23 2013 12:41PM

A group of U.S. Senators want the FAA to not close air traffic control towers around the country due to budget considerations. They also say air traffic controllers should keep working and not take forced time off because of forced budget cuts.
by CBS posted Apr 23 2013 8:23AM

Law enforcement sources say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, has indicated he and his brother acted alone in the attack. And, as Bob Orr reports, an FBI affidavit is providing new insight into the bombing, the manhunt and the capture.
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Location : Boston
People : Bob Orr
by AP posted Apr 23 2013 8:18AM

At least an inch of rain is expected Tuesday from Oklahoma to Michigan. Huge spring floods are already inundating cities like Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the Grand River has already hit a record 21.85 feet.
by AP posted Apr 23 2013 8:14AM

Hospitals trying to curb costs have chartered flights to send sick, uninsured, undocumented immigrants back to their home countries. It's a process called medical repatriation, and critics say it amounts to unregulated deportation.
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Location : Deport
by AP posted Apr 23 2013 8:12AM

Police in Federal Way, Washington say the man who was fatally shot by police had killed his girlfriend and three other people. Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson describes the initial shooting as a domestic violence homicide.
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Location : Washington
People : Brian Wilson
by AP posted Apr 23 2013 7:58AM

Up to five inches of snow are forecast to hit the Denver area by Tuesday afternoon. The snow shut down parts of some major highways, and has been blamed for grounded flights.
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Topics : Weather
Location : Denver
by AP posted Apr 23 2013 7:56AM

A 23-year-old Boston University graduate student killed in the Boston Marathon bombing has been described at her memorial service as a sweet-hearted woman passionate about piano, her studies and loving life.
by AP posted Apr 23 2013 7:42AM

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged by federal prosecutors in his hospital room Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill _ a crime that carries a possible death sentence.
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Topics : Law_CrimeWar_Conflict
Location : Boston
by AP posted Apr 23 2013 7:40AM

Residents in Boston paused in the afternoon to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m., the time of the first blast in last week's Boston Marathon bombing. Similar tributes were held elsewhere, including at the New York Stock Exchange
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Topics : SportsWar_Conflict
Location : Boston
by AP posted Apr 22 2013 7:50AM

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the sanctions on Iran are causing a tremendous amount of difficulty in that country. Hagel commented while visiting Israel on Monday.
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Topics : Politics
People : Chuck Hagel
by AP posted Apr 22 2013 7:48AM

Air travelers are concerned about flight delays and cancellations, with mandatory furloughs impacting air traffic controllers and other Federal Aviation Administration employees.
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by AP posted Apr 22 2013 7:46AM

An attorney says federal authorities have asked to interview the wife of deceased marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The attorney says he is discussing with authorities how to proceed.
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by AP posted Apr 22 2013 7:43AM

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said Sunday that bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in critical condition adding that he his "not in the condition to be interrogated at this time."
by AP posted Apr 22 2013 7:41AM

Megann Prevatt, an emergency room nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, describes what it was like treating the wounded from last week's twin bombings at the
Boston Marathon. 
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Location : Boston
People : Megann Prevatt
by AP posted Apr 22 2013 7:39AM
Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office gave a tour of the area near where a fertilizer plant exploded last week, killing 14 people.
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Location : Texas
by AP posted Apr 22 2013 7:37AM

Those fighting floods in several communities along the Mississippi River were mostly successful despite the onslaught of water, but an ominous forecast and the growing accumulation of snow in the upper Midwest tempered feelings of victory
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Location : MidwestMississippiMissouri
by AP posted Apr 22 2013 7:21AM

Hundreds of rounds were exchanged in a deadly gun battle, a suspected terrorist's body was dragged under a stolen SUV and a bomb blast rattled residents said Watertown, Massachusetts Police Chief Edward Deveau
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by AP posted Apr 19 2013 3:02PM
   HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Massachusetts State Police are calling off a search for a green Honda Civic that has been linked to the suspects in the marathon bombings. 
 
     Authorities initially said the at-large suspect in the bombings may have been driving the 1999 Civic, but police said later Friday that the car is in their possession and they are no longer looking for it. 
 
     Authorities in Connecticut urged people earlier Friday to be on the lookout for a gray Honda CRV, but police later said that vehicle had been recovered in Boston.
 
     Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (JOH'-kahr tsahr-NY'-ev) is the target of a massive manhunt. His brother Tamerlan was also identified as a suspect in Monday's twin bombings and was killed in a night of violent clashes with police. 
 
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Location : BostonConnecticutHartford
by AP posted Apr 19 2013 11:55AM
     MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (AP) - The uncle of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect is urging his nephew to turn himself in.
 
     Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., said Friday that 19-year-old Dzhozkar Tsarnaev should turn himself in to police and ask for forgiveness. Officials say Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1, was killed overnight.
 
     The brothers came from a Russian region near Chechnya and lived together in Cambridge, Mass. Tsarni says he hasn't seen them for several years. 
 
     He says the family is ashamed. He says he loves the U.S. and respects this country.
 
 
by AP posted Apr 19 2013 11:00AM

No one is saying much at a mixed martial arts studio in a neighborhood of Boston where one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects may have worked out. The presence there included an official from homeland security. 
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Topics : War_Conflict
Location : Boston
by AP posted Apr 19 2013 10:58AM

Deana Beaulieu, who went to high school with the marathon bombing suspect wearing the white hat, told reporters you have to be "careful with the quiet ones." Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the target of a massive manhunt.
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Topics : EducationWar_Conflict
by AP posted Apr 19 2013 10:56AM

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes says 12 bodies have been recovered following a massive explosion that leveled a fertilizer plant. Reyes also confirmed Friday that about 200 people were injured in the explosion.
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Location : Texas
People : Jason Reyes
by AP posted Apr 19 2013 10:24AM

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Location : BostonExtends
by AP posted Apr 19 2013 10:23AM

All residents of Boston were ordered to stay in their homes Friday morning as the search for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombings continued after a long night of violence that left another suspect dead.
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Topics : War_Conflict
Location : Boston
by AP posted Apr 19 2013 7:54AM

A doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston told reporters that the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who died overnight suffered a combination of blast and gunshot wounds.
by AP posted Apr 19 2013 7:52AM

Boston area authorities say one of the two Boston Marathon suspects is dead, after a shootout with police. An active manhunt is underway for the second suspect.
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Location : Boston
by AP posted Apr 19 2013 4:31AM
     WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Police say one of two suspects in the shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer is dead and a massive manhunt is underway for another, who is believed to be tied to the Boston Marathon bombing.
 
     Shortly after the MIT officer was shot dead Thursday night, police got a report of a carjacking in Cambridge, just outside Boston. One of the two suspects in that officer's shooting was killed. Police say of the at-large suspect, "We believe this to be a terrorist."
 
     The FBI said it is working with local authorities to determine what happened.
 
     The MIT shooting on the Cambridge campus Thursday night was followed by reports of violence in nearby Watertown, about 10 miles west of Boston.
 
     State police spokesman David Procopio had said there was a "strong possibility" the incidents are related.
 
     The MIT officer had been responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night when he was shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney's office and Cambridge police. It said there were no other victims.
 
     In Watertown, witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and explosions at about 1 a.m. Friday. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents were in the neighborhood and a helicopter circled overhead.
 
     State police spokesman David Procopio said, "The incident in Watertown did involve what we believe to be explosive devices possibly, potentially, being used against the police officers."
 
     Boston cab driver Imran Saif said he was standing on a street corner at a police barricade across from a diner when he heard an explosion.
 
     "I heard a loud boom and then a rapid succession of pop, pop, pop," he said. "It sounded like automatic weapons. And then I heard the second explosion."
 
     He said he could smell something burning and advanced to check it out but area residents at their windows yelled at him, "Hey, it's gunfire! Don't go that way!"
 
     MIT said right after the 10:30 p.m. shooting that police were sweeping the campus in Cambridge and urged people to remain indoors. They urged people urged to stay away from the Stata Building, a mixed-use building with faculty offices, classrooms and a common area.
 
     Hours later, MIT, which has about 11,000 students, said the campus was clear but the shooter was still on the loose.
 
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by AP posted Apr 19 2013 4:29AM

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Witnesses in Watertown, Massachusetts report hearing explosions and a gunbattle as police converged on the area. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents are on the scene
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Location : MassachusettsWatertown
by AP posted Apr 19 2013 4:27AM

Police have converged on a neighborhood outside Boston where there were reports of explosives being detonated and police are telling reporters to turn off their cell phones
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Location : Boston
by Associated Press posted Apr 18 2013 5:37PM
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BOSTON (AP) - The FBI has released photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public's help in identifying them. 
 
     FBI Agent Richard DesLauriers (deh'-LOHR'-ee-ay) says one the suspects is believed to have planted the devices near the finish line of the race. He says both suspects are considered armed and extremely dangerous.
 
     Within moments of the FBI releasing the images on its website, the agency's website crashed.
 
     The explosions Monday killed three people and injured more than 180. 
 
     The images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Boston to remember the victims, including an 8-year-old boy. 
 
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Location : Boston
by AP posted Apr 18 2013 10:12AM

Crews in West, Texas searched through the night for survivors and victims of Wednesday's explosion. Early estimates say between five and 15 people were killed. Authorities say they are still conducting a search and rescue operation.
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Location : Texas
by AP posted Apr 18 2013 9:12AM

Witness Erick Perez says the fertilizer explosion near Waco, Texas was the worst thing he'd seen in his life. Perez videotaped the explosion with his cellphone. 
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Location : Texas
People : Erick Perez
by AP posted Apr 18 2013 5:27AM

A witness caught the Texas fertilizer blast with his cellphone camera. Erick Perez, 21, of West, Texas stopped to record the fire while playing basketball.
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Location : Texas
People : Erick Perez
by AP posted Apr 18 2013 5:25AM

DL Wilson of the Texas Department of Public Safety says it's unknown how many people may have died in a massive fertilizer explosion near Waco, Texas. He compared the destruction to situations in Iraq and the Oklahoma City bombing.
by AP posted Apr 18 2013 5:23AM

Dozens of people are injured after a massive fertilizer explosion near Waco, Texas. Emergency crews from around the state are responding to the disaster.
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Location : TexasWaco
by AP posted Apr 18 2013 5:22AM

One official in West, Texas says a four block area around a fertilizer plant is 'totally decimated.' The plant exploded during a fire late Wednesday, killing an unknown number of people and hurting dozens.
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