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April 18, 2013

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1. MASSIVE BLAST AT TEXAS FERTILIZER PLANT

The explosion at a small town near Waco killed 5 to 15 people, injured more than 160 and could be heard for miles.

2. INVESTIGATORS HOPE IMAGE LEADS THEM TO BOMBING SUSPECT

Department store surveillance video captured a man dropping a bag near the site of the marathon bombings.

3. PRESIDENT HEADS TO BOSTON

Obama is attending an interfaith service after Monday's bombings killed three, wounded more than 170 and put the nation on edge.

4. WHAT RICIN LETTER SUSPECT WROTE ABOUT

The Mississippi man accused of mailing poison letters to the president and a U.S. senator wrote online about a government conspiracy to ruin his reputation.

5. GUN CONTROL DIES IN THE SENATE

Republicans lead a rejection of tighter background checks and other measures despite pleas from families of Newtown victims.

6. MUSHARRAF FLEES AFTER BAIL REVOKED

The former Pakistani military ruler pushed past policemen and fled court after he was ordered to jail on treason charges.

7. WOMAN IMPLICATES HUSBAND IN TEXAS SLAYINGS

She says the ex-judge fatally shot the local DA and two others he apparently blamed for the loss of his job.

8. THE DEBATE ABOUT MARATHON BOMBINGS AND TERRORISM

The AP's Jesse Washington writes that dictionaries define terror as the use of violence to pursue political goals, while the motive in the marathon bombings isn't known.

9. WHY SPAIN'S PRIZED HORSES ARE HEADED FOR SLAUGHTERHOUSE

Breeders of the "Pura Raza Espanola" horses featured in Hollywood epics are no longer able to pay for their upkeep because of hard economic times.

10. BOSTON CHEERS AS SPORTS RESUMES IN SHOCKED CITY

The Boston Bruins lost to the Sabres, but both teams hoisted their sticks after a slideshow of marathon scenes to a sellout crowd.

 

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  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week.

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  • NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

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  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

    The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only right about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws governing the handling of eyewitnesses and their accounts of crimes.

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  • VIDEO: Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

    The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

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  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    April 17, 2014

  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

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  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

    Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

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  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

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