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DOT announces oil train safety measures
WASHINGTON (AP) — An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced today by the Department of Transportation.
Friday, April 17, 2015


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Unprecedented germ diversity found
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remote part of the Venezuelan Amazon, scientists have discovered that members of a village isolated from the modern world have the most diverse colonies of bacteria ever reported living in and on the human body.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Iraqi officials say Saddam deputy believed killed
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials said Friday they believe that government forces killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the former deputy of Saddam Hussein who for over a decade was the top fugitive from the ousted regime and became an underground figure involved in Sunni insurgencies, most recently allying with Islamic State militants.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Verizon slices up the Pay-TV bundle and lets customers choose
NEW YORK (AP) — The Pay-TV bundle is finally getting more flexible.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Backlash cancels auction of Japanese internment camp items
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Protests by Japanese-American groups have led an East Coast auction house to cancel a sale of 450 photos and artifacts from World War II internment camps.
Friday, April 17, 2015

US senator says it's time to put a woman on the $20
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Pope considering Cuba stop after US trip
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is considering adding a stop in Cuba to his U.S. trip in September but no decision has been made, the Vatican said today.
Friday, April 17, 2015

'Star Wars' teaser: The force is slowly awakening
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The force won’t officially awaken until December, but Star Wars fans got an early glimpse Thursday with the debut of a spooky new teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Friday, April 17, 2015

After Alps crash, some ponder planes without pilots
NEW YORK (AP) — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Schock paid big for gifts, travel in last few months
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report shows former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s campaign spent big on donor gifts and travel in the months before he resigned amid questions about his spending.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Putin defends Iran missile decision
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin sternly urged the West to respect Russia’s interests in global affairs and defended his move to sanction the delivery of a long-range air defense missile system to Iran during a marathon TV call-in show with the nation today.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thousands flee as IS advances on Iraq's Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 2,000 families have fled from the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an official said today, as the Islamic State group advanced on the provincial capital of the western Anbar province, clashing with Iraqi troops.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Court skeptical of coal challenge to EPA ruling
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel expressed doubts today about a legal challenge to the Obama administration’s far-reaching plan to address climate change.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gyrocopter came in 'under the radar'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The gyrocopter that landed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol “apparently literally flew in under the radar,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said today, as concerned lawmakers questioned how it was allowed to happen and why.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Al-Qaida captures major Yemen airport, oil terminal
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Military officials and residents say al-Qaida has taken control of a major airport, a sea port and an oil terminal in southern Yemen after brief clashes with troops.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Welfare reform: New Kansas law prohibits welfare spending on dozens of items
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items.
Thursday, April 16, 2015










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