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The U.S. Capitol building at dusk in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

At 11th hour, Congress debates plastic gun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce […]

12/03/2013

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Maryland gun-control law sparks record gun sales

PASADENA, Md. (AP) – Maryland residents have been buying guns in record numbers before a law takes effect Tuesday, with provisions aimed at helping keep guns away from criminals and the mentally ill, strengthening safety […]

09/28/2013

The sign for Funtown Pier stands above charred rubble in Seaside Park, N.J., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, after a fire last Thursday that started near a frozen custard stand in Seaside Park,  quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

NJ boardwalk fire linked to Sandy-damaged wiring

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The massive fire that destroyed part of a Jersey shore boardwalk and dozens of businesses began accidentally in wiring damaged in Superstorm Sandy, and should prompt coastal property owners to […]

09/17/2013

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Senate approves Obama’s nominee for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed President Barack Obama’s selection for ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday, capping a month in which senators used a bipartisan truce on once-mired nominations to fill a […]

08/01/2013

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Colo. teacher carries explosive device outside

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado teacher found a suspicious package inside a high school in Lafayette and took it outside, where police detonated it. A 16-year-old student was arrested after the explosive device was […]

05/14/2013

Task force investigating LA church fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A national task force that investigates arson at worship facilities is investigating a fire that has gutted a South Los Angeles church. Fire officials say the blaze early Friday at the Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church appears suspicious.

04/26/2013

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Texas town at center of blast shifts to recovery

WEST, Texas (AP) — Finally with a firm body count, the Central Texas town torn and bruised by a crater-making fertilizer plant explosion shifted toward recovery.

04/20/2013

Aerial photo of fertilizer plant that exploded in the city of West, Texas. (AP Photo)

Investigation of fertilizer plant blast beginning, 12 victims found

WEST, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators and the state fire marshal’s office will be moving toward an inspection of the site of Wednesday’s explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, looking for evidence that may point to a cause.

04/19/2013

Firefighters conduct search and rescue operations at destroyed apartment complex near fertilizer plant explosion, West, Texas. (AP Photo)

Crews seek survivors, bodies after Texas blast

WEST, Texas (AP) — Rescuers searched the smoking remnants of a Texas farm town Thursday for survivors of a thunderous fertilizer plant explosion, gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris.

04/18/2013

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Key facts about the plant explosion in West, Texas

(AP) – A fertilizer plant exploded in the small Central Texas farming community of West, about 20 miles north of Waco, leaving as many as 15 people dead and at least 160 injured. Here is a look at the facts.

04/18/2013

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