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AP Top U.S. News At 7:31 a.m. EDT

2 years after bombs, Boston Marathon looks forward, not back
BOSTON (AP) -- It's been decades since you could run in the Boston Marathon without qualifying, before limits on the field size made entering - almost as much as finishing - something to which to aspire....

Highway abuzz with millions of bees after big truck tips
LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) -- A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could....

Philanthropist, shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success - including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture - was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. He was 91....

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing
ATLANTA (AP) -- Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance....

Obama's Earth Day trek to Fla. to highlight climate change
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day this week with a visit to the Florida Everglades....

Police: Man shot, killed by Chicago officer
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police have shot and killed a man in the city's South Shore neighborhood after officers said he pointed a gun at them....

New Hampshire clash of Republican presidential contenders
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- The Republican Party's most ambitious have stormed into New Hampshire for an early state showdown that highlighted the diversity, political challenges and sheer size of the GOP's 2016 presidential class....

Volunteer deputy sold company, went back to police work
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- After he sold his insurance company for around $6 million, Robert Bates sought to return to a profession he tried for a year in his early 20s: law enforcement....

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred
From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life - a testament to the resilience of nature....

Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table
BOSTON (AP) -- The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man convicted in the case....

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Up to the Minute
Police: Armed, barricaded person shot and killed by officer

Gas-line blast at California shooting range injures 11

Philanthropist, shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91

Police: Man shot, killed by Chicago officer

Quotations in the News

Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

Shooting that wounded baby no longer considered road rage

Investigators say identity-theft suspect had 74 aliases

Storm diverts Oklahoma-bound Seattle elephants to San Diego