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April 16, 2014 - 9:02pm
13 min 27 sec 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
13 min 27 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
13 min 27 sec 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
13 min 27 sec 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
13 min 27 sec 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...

April 16, 2014 - 7:24pm
13 min 27 sec ago

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — At least five firefighters are among 14 people who were injured when two firetrucks collided in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening across a sidewalk and into a restaurant.

Officials say one of the victims is in critical condition.

The crash in Monterey Park left one truck embedded in the restaurant, with rubble scattered across the sidewalk.

Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell says trucks...

April 16, 2014 - 6:55pm
2 hours 3 min ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A popular Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store has been shuttered by the city days before Easter.

WPVI-TV (http://bit.ly/1l42Hhe) said Wednesday the Department of Revenue revoked the business license of the Blasius Chocolate Factory in the city's Kensington neighborhood.

The small company has been hand-making chocolates since the 1920s. It's noted for its buttercreams and giant Easter eggs.

City...

April 16, 2014 - 6:43pm
2 hours 13 min ago

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A fake hand grenade in a passenger's luggage has disrupted operations at an airport in New York's Hudson Valley.

Troopers say Stewart Airport in Newburgh closed Wednesday morning when the souvenir grenade was found during security screening.

Authorities say the passenger terminal was evacuated while the grenade was removed by state police bomb disposal experts. The terminal reopened about 90 minutes later.

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April 16, 2014 - 6:11pm
13 min 27 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday.

The Association of American Railroads said in a report that about 20 percent of the approximately 60,000 miles of track being equipped with the technology will meet the deadline of Dec. 31, 2015. Previously, the association had...

April 16, 2014 - 6:08pm
13 min 27 sec ago

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1932. She was trying to become the first female to circle the globe when she and her navigator disappeared somewhere in the South Pacific in 1937.

The mystery of what...

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