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Gas-line blast closes major highway, injures at least 11

A fireball erupts after a large gas pipeline exploded in Fresno, Calif., Friday, April 17, 2015. The explosion and fire closed both directions of Highway 99, authorities said. (Kevin Ling via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT A fireball erupts after a large gas pipeline exploded in Fresno,...
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Highway abuzz with millions of bees after big truck tips

Workers clean up after a semi truck filled with over 400 behaves overturned on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood, Wash on Friday, April 17, 2015. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7 million...
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Volunteer deputy sold company, went back to police work

This Tuesday, April 14, 2015 photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Office shows Robert Bates. The 73-year-old Oklahoma reserve sheriff’s deputy, who authorities said fatally shot a suspect after confusing his stun gun and handgun, was booked into the...
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Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town

Michael Keith Spell, 25, sits in state District Court in Sidney, Mont., Friday, April 17, 2015. He awaits sentencing for the 2012 murder of a 43-year-old local teacher in the booming Bakken oil patch of Montana and North Dakota. Spell, who is mentally disabled, pleaded guilty to...
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Reputed mobster linked to missing art arrested on gun charge

FILE – In this May 10, 2012 file photo, law enforcement agents dig in the front yard of the home of Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. The reputed Connecticut mobster, linked to artwork stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in 1990, was arrested...
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Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

FILE – In this April 11, 2013 file photo, Chicago Cardinal Francis George pauses while speaking at a news conference in Chicago. George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who led the U.S. bishops’ fight against Obamacare and played a key role in the...
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Sunken aircraft carrier rediscovered off California coast

File – In this July 1946 file photo is the USS Independence near Bikini Atoll. Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier the U.S. Navy scuttled off the Northern California coast decades ago. The U.S.S. Independence was located and video...
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Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, Meredith Barber poses with her daughter Gabrielle Schwager, 10, at their home in Penn Valley, Pa. Barber, a psychologist from the Philadelphia suburb of Penn Valley, has decided Gabrielle will not be taking the Pennsylvania System of School...
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Police: Man kills 2 brothers, mom, woman over business fight

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police said Friday that a man who had been in a business dispute with his two brothers shot and killed them, his mother and one of their wives before taking his own life. The shootings at a home in a quiet residential neighborhood in north Phoenix led...
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Dog flu outbreak gained foothold at urban doggie day cares

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, Beverley Petrunich, co-owner of DoGone Fun, a day care and boarding facility, visits with some of her clients in Chicago. Experts say doggie day care contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest....