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  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care
    Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law aheadof the midterm elections.

  • Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death
    Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that initially was considered a hate crime because a note found next to her body said: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist."

  • Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers
    Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman's constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities, one of several recent federal court decisions to scrutinize the practice of keepin people in jail after they're eligible for release so that they can be considered for deportation.

  • 911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash
    911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash

    ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, other witnesses described explosions after the fiery wrek that left 10 people dead.

  • Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall
    Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby.

  • Police search home of highway shooting suspect

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — Police have arrested a male suspect in a string of random Kansas City-area highway shootings that have wounded three people.

  • 4th US Navy official charged in bribery scheme

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified information.

  • Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion
    Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

    WEST, Texas (AP) — As word spread of a spiraling fire at this Texas town's fertilizer plant, volunteers raced to protect families and elderly residents who lived nearby. Then came the deafening explosion.

  • Dirty creek, old purse solve four-decade mystery
    Dirty creek, old purse solve four-decade mystery

    ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson had planned to celebrate the end of the 1971 school year by gathering with classmates at a quarry along a gravel road.

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case
    Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    DENVER (AP) — 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.

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    Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

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