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  • Rail safety effort marred by squabbling
    Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.

  • Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion
    Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion

    OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.

  • Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths
    Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday.

  • US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years
    US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

  • Archaeologists, tribe clash over Native remains
    Archaeologists, tribe clash over Native remains

    LARKSPUR, Calif. (AP) — Archaeologists and Native Americans are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were excavated during a construction project in the San Francisco Bay Area and then reburied at an undisclosed location, a newspaper reported.

  • Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law
    Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

    ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) — Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buidings under certain circumstances.

  • Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84
    Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84.

  • Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay
    Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.

  • Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon urged a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

  • Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui
    Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

    HONOLULU (AP) — Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials who reviewedvideo of his arrival said Wednesday.

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