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Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election

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  • Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election
    Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire after five terms.

  • Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure
    Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup sytems in many places.

  • Backup options for Internet lines can be costly, complicated
    Backup options for Internet lines can be costly, complicated

    Hunter Newby describes himself as a real estate entrepreneur, even if he's not marketing houses or land. Instead, he's selling space on a new fiber-optic transmission line to Internet providers, telecommunications companies and anyone wanting high-speed data.

  • Things to know about Internet vulnerabilities in the US

    Internet outages can disrupt emergency services, business transactions and basic communication. Here are few things to know about the nation's Internet infrastructure and its vulnerabilities.

  • University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.

  • NY mayor: Someone may have 'inappropriately' tapped gas line
    NY mayor: Someone may have 'inappropriately' tapped gas line

    NEW YORK (AP) — Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people.

  • AP PHOTOS: NYC firefighters battle huge fire after explosion
    AP PHOTOS: NYC firefighters battle huge fire after explosion

    NEW YORK (AP) — A powerful blast in Manhattan's East Village sent flames soaring, launched debris into the air and caused the collapse of three five-story buildings.

  • Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain
    Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

    DETROIT (AP) — Autopsies have determined that two children found dead in a freezer in their Detroit home were beaten to death, with the youngest child also suffering "thermal injuries."

  • With gay marriage case pending, religion bills gain ground

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — With the nation's highest court set to hear arguments next month over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, legislation is advancing in several states that critics say gives businesses license to deny services to gays and lesbians on religious grounds.

  • Death of baby cut from womb doesn't lead to murder charge

    DENVER (AP) — The Colorado woman accused of cutting the baby from an expectant mother's belly will not face murder charges in the gruesome attack that revived the highly charged debate over when a fetus can legally be considered a human being.

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