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Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said....

NYC officer convicted of manslaughter in stairwell shooting
NEW YORK (AP) -- A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability....

The Latest: Union says verdict in officer's trial is 'bad'
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on the trial of a New York City police officer charged with fatally shooting a man in a darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing complex (all times local):...

With FBI ring tightening, last Oregon occupiers give up
BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a 41-day standoff that left one man dead and exposed simmering anger over the government's control of vast expanses of Western land....

Cliven Bundy to remain in jail in 2014 Nevada standoff case
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The father of the jailed leader of a group that occupied an Oregon federal wildlife refuge was charged Thursday by federal authorities with leading a tense April 2014 armed standoff with Bureau of Land Management agents near his ranch in Nevada....

Jury rules against Montana woman's wrongful-birth lawsuit
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana jury ruled Thursday against a woman who sought millions of dollars from health care providers that she said failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis....

Obama plans to nominate King as education secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will nominate Dr. John B. King Jr. to serve as Education Department secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday....

Lawyer: Seizing beach by Christie brother's home cuts access
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) -- A proposed dune project at the New Jersey shore could cut off access to the beach for 22 property owners, including the brother of Gov. Chris Christie, a lawyer for homeowners fighting the project said....

Defense: Woman crafted kidnap tale to reunite with mom
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- A lawyer says a man charged with kidnapping and raping his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter didn't abduct the girl but helped her run away from an unhappy home life as she had yearned....

Utility estimates LA-area gas leak to cost at least $250M
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Latest on the gas leak near Los Angeles that was stopped for the first time in nearly four months (all times local):...

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