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April 5, 2015 - 7:22pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is defending a framework nuclear understanding with Iran as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to prevent a bomb and bring security to the Middle East. He insists the U.S. will stand in defense of Israel.

In a weekend interview with The New York Times, Obama argues the risks of a deal are far outweighed by potential gains if it deters Iran's nuclear weapons aspirations.

He says the notion that Iran is...

April 5, 2015 - 5:50pm
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MOAB, Utah (AP) — A Nevada man was killed when he was struck by an off-road vehicle during a Utah event featuring an extreme form of driving known as rock crawling.

San Juan County sheriff's deputies say 30-year-old Christopher Hower of Ely was photographing the competition when a four-wheel-drive vehicle went off a jump and hit him.

Investigators say he was in an unauthorized area of the track when the accident occurred Saturday afternoon in the...

April 5, 2015 - 5:12pm
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RAHWAY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say several people were injured when the roof of a northern New Jersey church collapsed during an Easter Sunday service.

Congregants were reportedly singing at the Korean Union United Methodist Church in Rahway when they heard a cracking sound from above and debris began falling down on them.

One person was seriously injured; about a dozen others had minor injuries. The injured people reportedly were members of a...

April 5, 2015 - 3:46pm
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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A public memorial will be held for the late televangelist the Rev. Robert H. Schuller in a plaza outside the glass-paned Crystal Cathedral he built in Orange County.

Daughter Carol Schuller Milner said Sunday the service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 20 on the campus of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.

After the memorial, Schuller will be buried beside his wife in a private service at the campus cemetery....

April 5, 2015 - 2:59pm
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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A florist in eastern Washington state fined $1,000 for refusing to sell a same-sex couple wedding flowers and also facing a consumer-protection lawsuit has netted more than $85,000 in a crowdfunding campaign.

The Seattle Times reports ( that nearly half of the money on the page set up in February for 70-year-old Barronelle Stutzman came in the last several days.

Supporters compare Stutzman's...

April 5, 2015 - 2:21pm
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Police say an Amtrak train struck and killed a husband and wife who were on the tracks in North Carolina.

Authorities say 38-year-old Derek Lowe and 33-year-old Tina Lowe were hit by a northbound train shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday in Durham. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said train No. 80, the Carolinian, was headed from Charlotte to New York City when the two were hit on property owned by...

April 5, 2015 - 2:13pm
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is defending his order of mandatory water cutbacks statewide that doesn't restrict farmers.

Brown said in an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that farmers have already been denied irrigation water from federal surface supplies, and they've had to leave hundreds of thousands of acres unplanted. As California endures a fourth year of drought, Brown this week ordered the restrictions of 25 percent...

April 5, 2015 - 1:51pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Some riders using New York City's subway system to get to Yankee Stadium for Opening Day are also going to get a trip back in time.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says a four-car "Nostalgia Special" is scheduled to leave Grand Central Terminal at 11:30 a.m. Monday and run non-stop to the stadium in the Bronx.

The cars will be 1917 Lo-V models, which were used by the subway system until the late 1960s. They have rattan seats...

April 5, 2015 - 12:58pm
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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez are expected to begin deliberations this week after hearing more than two months of testimony.

Hernandez, 25, had a $40 million contract with the Patriots and was a rising star with the team when he was accused of killing Odin Lloyd. Lloyd, 27, was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee and was found shot to death on June 17, 2013, in an industrial park less...

April 5, 2015 - 12:39pm
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DETROIT (AP) — A man accused of planting a bomb outside of a Detroit federal building four years ago may never stand trial despite extraordinary efforts to improve his mental health.

Two courts allowed the government to forcibly medicate Gary Mikulich, but he's still not mentally competent for trial.

Next month, a federal court in North Carolina will determine if he should remain indefinitely at the nearby prison where he's being held, which can...

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