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New York building collapse injures 12; gas blast suspected

    New York building  collapse injures 12;  gas blast suspected

NEW YORK — An apparent gas explosion leveled an apartment building, largely destroyed another and launched rubble and shards of glass across streets in the heart of Manhattan’s trendy East Village on Thursday, injuring a dozen people. Smoke could be seen and smelled for miles.

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Obama agrees to slow US pullout

    Obama agrees to slow US pullout

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday to slow the U.S. military pullout from Afghanistan at the request of its new government but insisted the delay won’t jeopardize his commitment to end America’s longest war before leaving office.

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Cruz targets conservatives as he starts White House run

    Cruz targets conservatives as he starts White House run

Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights — and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him.

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No evidence of gang rape found at University of Virginia frat

    No evidence of gang rape found at University of Virginia frat

A four-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and was stymied by the accuser’s unwillingness to cooperate, authorities said Monday.

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Presbyterians approve gay marriage

    Presbyterians approve gay marriage

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved redefining marriage in the church constitution Tuesday to include a “commitment between two people,” becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation.

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Dia del snow-so: Schools close, delay as storm slaps U.S. with ice, frozen rain

    Dia del snow-so: Schools close, delay as storm slaps U.S. with ice, frozen rain

Thursday’s snowstorm that swept through Texas and dumped up to 7 inches of snow in some places and caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled throughout the state. All flights out of the Waco Regional Airport were cut, putting spring break plans for some students on hold.

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Indiana Jones star seriously injured in plane crash

    Indiana Jones star seriously injured in plane crash

Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage plane Thursday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries as he used his extensive piloting experience to skillfully bring down the plane on a golf course and avoid nearby homes.

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Walker camp blasts Clinton

    Walker camp blasts Clinton

Likely presidential candidate Scott Walker’s spokeswoman blasted Democrat Hillary Clinton on Thursday for using a personal email account during the four years she was secretary of state — even though the Wisconsin governor did something similar when he was Milwaukee County executive.

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Waging Opinion: Baylor professor says Wal-Mart’s decision to raise wages is stategic

    Waging Opinion: Baylor professor says Wal-Mart’s decision to raise wages is stategic

Following Wal-Mart’s decision to raise its starting wage from $7.25 to $9, Baylor economist Dr. Charles North, associate professor of economics, said the company may have acted to improve customer perceptions of the company, in addition to benefitting associates. Executives of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced last month the company’s plans to implement a $9 minimum wage and allow flexibility in scheduling to promote a higher quality of life for associates, according to Doug McMillon, the company’s president and CEO.

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Hill sends Homeland Security bill to Obama

    Hill sends Homeland Security bill to Obama

Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. Obama promised to sign the bill as soon as he received it, while criticizing Congress for taking “far too long” to pass it.

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