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8 killed in church van crash

updated: 03/30/2015 9:31 p.m. Discuss

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. -- An overloaded church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a dark rural highway and nosedived into a canal, killing eight people and injuring 10 early Monday in southwest Florida, authorities said.

Tributes to Kennedy evoke bipartisanship

updated: 03/30/2015 9:31 p.m. Discuss

BOSTON -- Even though Ted Kennedy died less than six years ago, the U.S. Senate today is a changed institution, President Barack Obama said as he remembered the senator from Massachusetts and Democratic Party icon.

Pharmacists disdain role in execution

posted: 03/31/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

SAN DIEGO -- A leading association for U.S. pharmacists adopted a policy Monday that discourages its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections.

The nation in brief: The nation in brief

updated: 03/30/2015 9:31 p.m. Discuss

Ex-agents charged in drug-site thefts

Names and faces

posted: 03/31/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to The Daily Show a handful of times in recent months, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday. Noah was chosen a little more than a month after Stewart unexpectedly announced he was leaving The Daily Show after 16 years as the show's principal voice.

In the news

updated: 03/30/2015 10:42 p.m. Discuss

Prince William, 32, who is second-in-line to the British throne, began work as an air ambulance helicopter pilot and will work with medics responding to emergencies ranging from road accidents to heart attacks.

Net failures reveal gaps in broadband

updated: 03/29/2015 8:32 p.m. Comments 7

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert in February, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

Indiana leader defends new law seen as anti-gay

updated: 03/29/2015 11:09 p.m. Comments 5

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended a new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against homosexuals and said Sunday that it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it.

Hashtag, boycott are confusing to Indiana

posted: 03/30/2015 2:59 a.m. Comments 3

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana conservatives watched their brethren in state after state approve legislation that, supporters said, was written to ensure the religious rights of their residents. Kansas in 2013, Mississippi in April, and, on Friday, the Arkansas Senate.

Philly corruption trial set to start

updated: 03/30/2015 12:29 a.m. Discuss

PHILADELPHIA -- A sweeping police corruption case starting today in Philadelphia will largely rest on the credibility of about 20 drug suspects and one turncoat officer as it plays out after the wholesale dismissal of scores of cases developed by members of an elite narcotics unit now accused of pocketing cash and cocaine seized on the job.

1st lady exhorts black girls at N.J. event

updated: 03/30/2015 12:29 a.m. Comments 3

NEWARK, N.J. -- First lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.

Drownings surge in illegal Rio Grande crossings

updated: 03/30/2015 12:30 a.m. Discuss

MISSION, Texas -- A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river.

The nation in brief

updated: 03/29/2015 7:50 p.m. Discuss

Bodies of 2 found at site of NYC blast

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posted: 03/30/2015 2:52 a.m. Discuss

British police are investigating a death threat made to the head of the BBC after the broadcaster fired Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson over an assault on a colleague.

In the news

posted: 03/30/2015 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Pope Francis opened Holy Week services with Palm Sunday Mass for some 70,000 gathered in St. Peter’s Square, dedicating prayer to the 150 people killed in the Germanwings plane crash in France.


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