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Grisly scene after Calif. tour bus crash killed 7

YUCAIPA, Calif. (AP) — Gerardo Barrientos and his girlfriend Lluvia Ramirez wanted a week away from the suffering they see every day at a government hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. Looking for a break, they paid $40 apiece for a day trip to the snowy mountains of Southern California.

Superdome officials worried about a power outage

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Superdome officials warned just months before the Super Bowl that the venue’s electrical system could suffer a power outage and rushed to replace some of the equipment ahead of the big game.

Small Ala. town: Relief that child hostage is safe

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy was back with his ecstatic family and playing with his toy dinosaur after his nearly weeklong ordeal as a hostage in an underground bunker was ended by a sudden police raid and the death of his kidnapper.

Pa. girl back to class after bubble gun suspension

MOUNT CARMEL, Pa. (AP) — A 5-year-old kindergartner is headed back to class in central Pennsylvania after being suspended for comments she made to another girl about a pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles

Ala. child hostage standoff in 2nd day at bunker

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — A standoff in rural Alabama went into a second full day Thursday as police surrounded an underground bunker where a retired truck driver was holding a 5-year-old hostage he grabbed off a school bus after shooting the driver dead.

2 dead after storms rake South, take aim at East

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Kandi Cash trudged in rain through the splintered debris of her grandparents’ home, hoping to salvage photos and other keepsakes after violent storms and tornadoes scoured the Southeast, leaving two people dead before the system advanced on the Northeast.

Green thumb? Wash. state looks for pot consultant

SEATTLE (AP) — Wanted: A green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market.

Standoff: Man shoots Ala. bus driver, takes child

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Police, SWAT teams and negotiators were at a rural property where a man was believed to be holed up in a homemade bunker Wednesday after fatally shooting the driver of a school bus and fleeing with a 6-year-old child passenger, authorities said.

1 dead as vast storm rakes South, Midwest

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A large storm system packing high winds, hail and several possible tornadoes tore across a wide swath of the South and Midwest on Wednesday, killing one person, blacking out power to thousands and damaging homes.

Tornado risk follows record warmth in central US

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Midwesterners who had briefly swapped puffy coats for sandals and shorts switched back Tuesday as balmy conditions gave way to severe storms that carried a risk of tornadoes, freezing rain and, later, snow.

Obama launches push for immigration overhaul

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Barack Obama is hailing bipartisan Senate efforts to overhaul the nation’s patchwork immigration laws, welcoming “a genuine desire” to tackle an issue that has been stalled for years.

A-Rod denies PED use report; MLB investigates

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez denied a newspaper report that accused him of buying human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances from a Miami-area clinic.

From the start, Dreamliner jet program was rushed

NEW YORK (AP) — The 787 Dreamliner was born in a moment of desperation.

NASA testing vintage engine from Apollo 11 rocket

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Like vinyl records and skinny ties, good things eventually come back around. At NASA, that means looking to the Apollo program for ideas on how to develop the next generation of rockets for future missions to the moon and beyond.

1st woman to lead in combat ‘thrilled’ with change

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former U.S. Army Capt. Linda L. Bray says her male superiors were incredulous upon hearing she had ably led a platoon of military police officers through a firefight during the 1989 invasion of Panama.

WTC workers scrawl graffiti of defiance, hope

NEW YORK (AP) — On most construction projects, workers are discouraged from signing or otherwise scrawling on the iron and concrete. At the skyscraper rising at ground zero, though, they’re being invited to leave messages for the ages.

Manufacturers cutting white-collar jobs now, too

NEW YORK (AP) — Manufacturers have been using technology to cut blue-collar jobs for years. Now, they’re targeting their white-collar workers, too.

American Mumbai plotter to be sentenced in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A small-time American drug dealer-turned-terrorist plotter who helped plan the brutal 2008 attack on Mumbai, India, learns Thursday whether his wide-ranging cooperation with U.S. investigators will earn him any leniency as he faces sentencing in federal court.

Te’o tells Couric he briefly lied about girlfriend

NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has told Katie Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn’t exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax.

Gay activists laud Obama speech, now want action

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama’s emphatic gay-rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and exhortations as to what steps should be taken next.

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