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  • Texas town could rebuild plant after fatal blast

    WEST, Texas (AP) — The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people says local officials are considering building a new one. West Mayor Tommy Muska acknowledged Thursday that the idea is highly controversial among local residents. But he notes that his central Texas town's economy revolved around the West...

  • Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report

    NEW YORK (AP) — The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends....

  • Argentina considers crackdown on street protests

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's populist government is proposing a crackdown on street protests amid increasing unrest over the souring economy. The new rules dismayed many of its natural allies Thursday, who called it a worrisome retreat after a decade of permissive policing. Governing party lawmaker Carlos Kunkel wrote the...

  • Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy

    PARIS (AP) — Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. Size is relative - the modular plants could be about as...

  • French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali

    PARIS (AP) — French special forces backed by helicopters led a pre-dawn operation in northern Mail Thursday and freed five humanitarian aid workers who had been held captive by a "terrorist group" — killing about 10 of the alleged militants, officials said. Working off intelligence tips, the French forces intercepted two pickup trucks...

  • Ex-honor student gets 5 years in terrorism case

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An immigrant teen who had earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for Jihadists he met online was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison. Mohammad Hassan Khalid had earned a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University after just a few years in the United States, where his family was...

  • FBI: Another arrest made in NC kidnapping case

    ATLANTA (AP) — Another arrest was made in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father, federal investigators said Thursday. Quantavious Thompson was taken into custody late Wednesday afternoon, FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said in a statement. Details on his arrest weren't immediately available. Authorities said 63-year-old...

  • Judge: Ex-gov can't keep filings from prosecutors

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge says former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell can keep some court filings from the public, but not from prosecutors in his public corruption case. U.S. District Judge James Spencer issued the ruling Thursday in response to a motion filed by McDonnell. The former Republican governor and his wife, Maureen, are charged in...

  • No charges for wrestlers in lynching photo

    BELVIDERE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey prosecutor says no charges will be filed against the members of a high school wrestling team who posed in a photograph that simulated a lynching. The Warren County prosecutor's office said Thursday that its investigation with the Phillipsburg police found no criminal wrongdoing. The photo, which surfaced...

  • Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, enhancing the party's chances of regaining control of the chamber. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, is retiring after three decades, and Republicans are adding that seat to their list of winnable races in the...

  • 9 Pennsylvania colleges target of gender complaint

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A women's legal organization has filed discrimination complaints against nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, alleging the schools have repeatedly failed to provide equal athletic opportunities for female students over several decades. The Title IX complaints by the Women's Law Project...

  • NC Sen. Hagan runs 1st ad, goes after Tillis

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a foretaste of a potential general election matchup, Democratic U.S. Senate Kay Hagan and Republican rival Thom Tillis released dueling ads Thursday about the health care law and a messy personnel matter in the office of Tillis, the state House speaker. Hagan released her first commercial in her bid to win...

  • Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration. Cantor said after the two men spoke by phone Wednesday that Obama still hasn't learned how to work effectively with lawmakers. Obama told reporters during a press conference...

  • Firework injures fans during Dodgers-Giants game

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say several people suffered minor injuries when a fan threw a firework onto a walkway at the San Francisco Giants ballpark during a Dodgers-Giants game. A loud bang was heard around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, with smoke visible above right-center field. Witnesses reported seeing a man in a Giants hat in the outfield...

  • Prosecutors win appeal in 1989 son killing case

    PHOENIX (AP) — A retired detective who refused to take the stand again, asserting his right against self-incrimination, will be forced to testify at the retrial of an Arizona mother charged with having her son killed in 1989, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. "As citizens, each of us has a duty to testify in criminal proceedings in...

  • Beau Biden plans 2016 run for governor in Delaware

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden's eldest son, Beau Biden, said Thursday that he has decided not to seek re-election as Delaware attorney general this year and instead plans to run for governor in 2016. "Over the past few months, as I've been planning to run for re-election, I have also been giving a great deal of thought to...

  • Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check

    BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. Ben Schlabs, who works for Security Research Labs, says the trick is identical to the one hackers used to unlock Apple's iPhone 5s last year. The...

  • UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on the way toward transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday. The development — agreed to by Iran under a nuclear deal it struck late last year with...

  • Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87. Garcia Marquez's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. Widely considered the most popular...

  • 3 more Washington mudslide victims identified

    OSO, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have identified three more bodies pulled from the debris of the mudslide that swept through the Washington town of Oso last month. All 39 victims recovered have been identified, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Thursday, and four names remain on the list of the missing. Crews continue to dig...