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  • Spring storm crawls eastward as snow, freezing rain cancel flights, knocks out power

    April 10, 2013 8:00 AM 139

    “We need to hunker down,” Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether said Tuesday. “This one is going to last a while.” The storm crawled eastward Tuesday night from Colorado and Wyoming, with moderate snowfall forecast overnight from the Dakotas to Wisconsin. Nebraska, where strong winds caused a train derailment in the eastern part of the state earlier in the day, also was expecting

  • Bodies of man, woman pulled from burned-out Detroit medical building following shooting, fire

    April 10, 2013 7:35 AM 137

    DETROIT – A man identified by employees as a former maintenance worker opened fire Tuesday inside a Detroit medical facility, sending workers and visitors screaming and rushing for the doors just moments before the building erupted in flames. Crews digging through the gutted Park Medical Centers building hours after the fire recovered the remains of a man and a woman

  • ‘Mountain Man’ Troy Knapp makes first court appearance

    April 10, 2013 7:02 AM 174

    Manti • Troy James Knapp, who police believe is the notorious cabin burglar known as the "Mountain Man," made his first court appearance Wednesday, eight days after he was arrested following a six-year run of solitude in Utah’s mountains. The Sanpete County Attorney’s Office charged 45-year-old Knapp last week with a total of six felonies and five misdemeanors

  • Amish gather a last time before prison terms start

    April 10, 2013 6:53 AM 141

    BERGHOLZ, Ohio (AP) — The Amish schoolhouse quiets as students in first through eighth grades settle into tight rows of scuffed metal desks to begin singing, their voices rising and dipping like the surrounding hills. A warm breeze carries the religious lyrics, in German, through the room's open windows and over the fields where their families will mingle

  • NH jury: Exxon Mobil owes $236M over gas chemical

    April 10, 2013 6:44 AM 171

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An order for Exxon Mobil to pay $236 million in damages for groundwater contamination is by far the largest verdict in state history but represents only about two days' worth of profit for the energy company, an industry analyst said. Fadel Gheit, managing director of oil and gas research and a senior analyst at Oppenheimer & Co., said the verdict

  • News - National News

    April 10, 2013 6:30 AM 164

    On April 9, 1913, the first game was played at Ebbets Field, the newly built home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0. In 1413, the coronation of England's King Henry V took place in Westminster Abbey. In 1682, French explorer Robert de La Salle claimed the Mississippi River Basin for France. In 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert

  • Escaped activist's family faces threats in China

    April 10, 2013 6:18 AM 148

    A brother of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng says the family faces threats and persecution, nearly a year after Chen escaped from house arrest in the country's east. Chen's escape last April set off a diplomatic tussle between Beijing and Washington before the self-taught rights lawyer eventually was allowed to move to the United States. U.S. officials

  • McConnell Says Foes Bugged His Campaign Headquarters

    April 10, 2013 4:58 AM 178

    U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell accused political opponents of bugging his campaign headquarters after a recording of a private meeting with his aides was posted on Mother Jones magazine’s website. During the Feb. 2 strategy session in Louisville, the Kentucky Republican and his aides discussed ways to attack potential Democratic adversaries in the 2014 campaign

  • First lady coming home to boost mayor’s initiative

    April 10, 2013 4:29 AM 158

    BY LYNN SWEET Twitter: @lynnsweet April 9, 2013 11:20PM As the Senate is poised to take up measures to curb gun violence, likely Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama comes home Wednesday to bolster Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to help at-risk youth and visit Harper High School — where 29 present or former students were shot in the last year, leaving eight

  • Robin Kelly wins 2nd Congressional District seat, calls for new faith in leadership

    April 10, 2013 4:23 AM 148

    Democrat Robin Kelly speaks to reporters after winning the 2nd Congressional District race. Following Tuesday's special election victory, Democrat Robin Kelly will start a new job in Congress as the least senior member of a House dominated by Republicans. That political reality is not lost on Kelly, who said her first task is to restore district offices