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AP Exclusive: Big rigs often go faster than tires can handle
DETROIT (AP) -- Many tractor-trailers on the nation's roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials....

Fight over religious objection proposals shifts to Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure....

A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana lawmakers have been scrambling to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state is among about a dozen where measures aimed at preventing government from infringing on people's religious beliefs have been introduced this year....

Police search for armed prisoner after hospital escape
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) -- Police in northern Virginia locked down a hospital early Tuesday and closed area roads while they search for a prisoner they say is armed and dangerous after he escaped custody....

Questions remain in officer-involved shooting at NSA
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- The warnings are strong and security is always tight, but most drivers are versed in the daily routine as thousands of employees and contractors stream through the closely guarded entrance to the National Security Agency....

Latest on NSA shooting: Driver refused orders to stop
4:20 p.m....

Pharmacist group says members shouldn't aid in executions
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- In a move that could heighten the hurdles faced by states attempting to execute prisoners, a leading association for U.S. pharmacists has officially discouraged its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections....

Church van crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) -- The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service....

NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas
NEW YORK (AP) -- It was a run-of-the-mill complaint - a smell of gas - with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building's gas line, and it was leaking....

Distillers: Stiff whiskey law stifles town's boozy revival
TRIMBLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Booze, bikes and rock `n' roll....

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