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Nigerian author Adichie wins fiction prize

FILE – In this April. 27, 2013 file photo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, speaks to Associated Press during an interview in Lagos, Nigeria. The latest novel by the acclaimed Nigerian author Adichie, “Americanah,†has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for...
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Death toll in NYC gas explosion climbs to 8

A firefighter applies water to rubble a day after a gas leak-triggered explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in East Harlem, New York. Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled additional bodies Thursday from the rubble of two apartment...
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Death toll in NYC explosion climbs to 8

A firefighter applies water to rubble a day after a gas leak-triggered explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in East Harlem, New York. Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled additional bodies Thursday from the rubble of two apartment...

FDA chief defends Zohydro as criticism intensifies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debate over a powerful new painkiller ratcheted up Thursday as the head of the Food and Drug Administration defended the drug’s approval and a West Virginia Senator responded with a bill to force it off the market. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret...
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South by Southwest goes on after crash kills 2

Bystanders and paramedics tend to a person who was struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, at SXSW on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Police say a man and woman have been killed after a suspected drunken driver fleeing from arrest crashed through barricades...

US official: Plane sent satellite signal for hours

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Malaysia Airlines plane was sending signals to a satellite for four hours after the aircraft went missing, an indication that it was still flying, said a U.S. official briefed on the search for the plane. The Boeing 777-200 wasn’t transmitting...

Zuckerberg voices frustration with Obama over NSA

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the U.S. government’s surveillance programs. Posting on his Facebook page Thursday, Zuckerberg wrote...

BP regains ability to do work for government

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil company behind the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history can once again perform work for the federal government. Under an agreement reached Thursday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than two dozen BP entities and its...

Former Obama adviser: Build Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser said Thursday that Obama should approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message that “international bullies” cannot use energy security as...
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US trade group: Spending on pets at all-time high

FILE – In This Jan. 2, 2014 file photo, store co-owner, Janene Zakrajsek feeds a dog a gourmet meal at the Pussy & Pooch Pet Lifestyle Center store in Beverly Hills, Calif. An industry spokesman said Americans spent an all-time high of $55.7 billion on their pets in...