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Little government response to bombing a year later
BOSTON (AP) -- A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action....

Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?...

What's next in gay marriage's legal odyssey?
Thursday's hearing in Denver is the second of two hearings on gay marriage that are weighted with legal significance. The cases are the first time an appellate court has considered the ramifications of last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The 30-minute hearing on the legality of Oklahoma's gay marriage ban comes one week after a three-judge panel heard a similar case originating from Utah....

Texas town recovering, year after deadly blast
WEST, Texas (AP) -- As word spread of a spiraling fire at this Texas town's fertilizer plant, volunteers raced to protect families and elderly residents who lived nearby. Then came the deafening explosion....

Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced
CHICAGO (AP) -- Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison....

Reservoir to be flushed because of urinating teen
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot - the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure....

Fund raises thousands for exonerated NYC man
NEW YORK (AP) -- A recently exonerated man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers who have contributed to an online fund for him....

Blast on site of ammunition plant kills 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Hospital authorities have confirmed the name of the man who died after an explosion at an ammunition plant in Tennessee....

AP Photos: A close-up look at fracking
MEAD, Colo. (AP) -- Workers bustle at an oil and gas drilling site near Mead, Colo., a town of about 3,800 people north of Denver....

Openings begin in US trial of Egyptian preacher
NEW YORK (AP) -- A defense lawyer has told a jury in New York that an Egyptian Islamic preacher on trial on charges that he supported terrorism around the world has never harmed Americans....

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Interactives
A year after the Gulf oil spill, problems remain
Local governments spent BP money with abandon
Civil War celebrations stir controversy
States' attempts to resist health care reform
A look at extremist attacks on the U.S. government
Gun law changes across the U.S.
A look inside the Statue of Liberty
A look around the Statue of Liberty
A look at Guantanamo's history
Up to the Minute
Beau Biden plans 2016 run for governor in Delaware

Nebraska principal sorry for 'don't tattle' flier

Police: Mom drove into river trying to kill 3 kids

3 more Washington mudslide victims identified

1 dead, 1 injured in Redwood City boating accident

New York political leader Basil Paterson dies

Famous Los Angeles mountain lion exposed to poison

Openings begin in US trial of Egyptian preacher

10th-grader suspended for having yellow squirt gun

Blast on site of ammunition plant kills 1