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April 17, 2014 - 1:09am
2 min 46 sec ago

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.

Stores of ammonium nitrate exploded in a gigantic blast that registered as a small earthquake and sprayed debris miles away. Fifteen people were killed, including 12 volunteer firefighters and others responding to the fire, and more than 200 were injured. The blast...

April 17, 2014 - 12:09am
2 min 46 sec ago

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A Breckenridge couple have agreed to sell a 10-acre parcel in the Colorado mountains to Summit County for open space after a months-long court battle.

The Summit Daily News reports (http://tinyurl.com/qxfsovw) Andy and Ceil Barrie reached a $115,000 settlement on Friday after court-ordered mediation.

County authorities moved to seize the land by eminent domain in October, saying water quality and wildlife habitat were...

April 17, 2014 - 12:02am
2 min 46 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Random House says it plans to publish a young adult adaption of Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling survival saga "Unbroken."

Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children's Books, said Thursday the adaption will be published on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, with a first printing of 200,000 copies.

"Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive" chronicles the true story of Lou Zamperini, a World War II...

April 16, 2014 - 11:56pm
2 min 46 sec ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A plant explosion and fire killed one person and left three injured Wednesday, emergency authorities said.

The plant is located on a property where several businesses have federal licenses for ammunition and explosives, said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Michael Knight. Knight said it was unclear which plant was involved, and he said agents were still trying to determine exactly what happened at the site in McEwen,...

April 16, 2014 - 11:54pm
2 min 47 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The raw New York lyricism of Nas kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival with an exuberant hip-hop beat.

Tribeca opened Wednesday night with the premiere of "Time Is Illmatic," a documentary about the creation of Nas' landmark 1994 debut album, "Illmatic." The Queens native Nas followed the screening at New York's Beacon Theatre with a performance of the nine-track album, widely considered a rap classic for its angry but earnest street poetry....

April 16, 2014 - 9:02pm
1 hour 12 min ago

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original.

Portland officials said Wednesday they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir.

In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland. This time, 38 million gallons from a different...

April 16, 2014 - 9:00pm
12 min 45 sec ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

1. ORDERS BY SHIP'S CREW DRAW SCRUTINY

As the doomed South Korean ferry listed severely, passengers say they were told to wait for rescuers, rather than try to escape.

2. WHAT'S IGNITING SUSPICIONS IN UKRAINE

The sophisticated firearms and battle-readiness of many pro-Russian insurgents suggest that they...

April 16, 2014 - 8:42pm
3 hours 42 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court records show Will Arnett has filed for divorce from Amy Poehler more than 18 months after the comedians announced their separation.

Arnett filed a divorce petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 8 citing irreconcilable differences. His filing seeks joint custody of the pair's two sons, who are ages 3 and 5.

The actors announced they were separating in September 2012 after nine years of marriage.

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April 16, 2014 - 8:19pm
1 hour 2 min ago

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday.

The lethal injection of Jose Villegas, 39, was carried out after his attorneys unsuccessfully argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.

"I would like to remind my children once again I love them...

April 16, 2014 - 8:17pm
3 hours 42 min ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When a car crashed into a central Florida day care last week, it slammed through the playroom where it hit three children — killing one of them and seriously injuring two others — and left 10 more people injured by flying debris, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Wednesday.

The driver of a Toyota Solara convertible was preparing to turn right onto the private drive of a KinderCare in Winter Park the afternoon of April 9 when a Dodge Durango driven...

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