The West High School Junior Historian Czech Dancers performs on Thursday, Aug.  29, 2013, at a morning pep rally in West, Texas. (AP Photo/ Waco Tribune Herald, Jerry Larson)

Football returns to Texas town hit by plant blast

WEST, Texas (AP) — Four months after the local fertilizer plant blew up, killing 15 people, transforming the lives of everyone in town and destroying or damaging buildings for blocks around, including their high school, […]


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Heat wave sends over 40 to hospitals in Las Vegas

A record heat wave has sent more than 40 people to hospitals in Las Vegas and prompted special protection for wild horses and the cancellation of a marathon elsewhere in Nevada. Authorities say some 30 […]


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran’s president meets newly elected successor

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president has discussed transferring power in a meeting with his newly elected successor, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. The report said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated Hasan Rowhani on […]


Bryce Reed, paramedic responded to fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, shown in McLennan County Sheriff's Office booking photo, charged with possessing destructive device. (AP Photo)

Texas launches criminal probe into plant explosion; paramedic arrested

WACO, Texas (AP) – Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last month, after weeks of largely treating the blast as an […]


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Fathers, firefighters: Lives lost in West, Texas

WEST, Texas (AP) — On April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leveled part of the small town located some 20 miles north of Waco. Most of the victims were first responders from fire departments in West and other nearby towns.


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

Church in West held in field, pastor on flatbed

WEST, Texas (AP) — A church in a rural Texas town is holding Sunday worship in a hayfield since its building is blocked off due to the massive fertilizer blast. Families and firefighters in tiny […]


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.


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.


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Texas fertilizer plant blast injures dozens

WEST, Texas (AP) — A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin following a blast that damaged buildings for blocks in every direction.


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran’s president scoffs at Western sanctions

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president on Tuesday claimed his country can create 10 times more wealth from inventions than from oil, rendering Western economic sanctions powerless.



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