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  • Steady fire delays search for missing chemical plant worker

    CRESSON, Texas (AP) — The search for a man missing since a North Texas chemical plant exploded and caught fire on Thursday has been postponed because of dangerous site conditions. Cresson Mayor and Assistant Fire Chief Bob Cornett said Saturday that fires are still burning at the 15,000-square-foot (1,400-square-meter) Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson. Cornett […]
  • Writing about leaving city for simpler life? Join the club

    VERSHIRE, Vt. (AP) — There’s yet another account of city dwellers fleeing urban life and materialism for a simpler existence in — where else? Vermont. This time it’s by Elizabeth Willard Thames, who made her name as Mrs. Frugalwoods in her blog about embracing frugality. She is the author of “Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial […]
  • School-walkout unity also lays bare division among students

    As she addressed the crowd during the walkout at her Idaho high school, Kylee Denny faced heckles and name-calling from a group of students carrying American flags, she said. The counterprotesters included many familiar faces, including her boyfriend’s stepbrother. To avoid making a difficult situation worse, Kylee’s boyfriend stayed in class during the rally at […]
  • Navy’s new attack submarine named Colorado joins the fleet

    GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy’s newest attack submarine, the USS Colorado, joined the fleet Saturday in a ceremony at Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer says the submarine is a “marvel of technology and innovation.” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, said the people of Colorado are remarkably proud this […]
  • California city weighs opting out of so-called sanctuary law

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California city will consider an ordinance to exempt itself from a state law that limits cooperation between local police and federal immigration agents. The Orange County Register reports Saturday that the city of Los Alamitos will discuss the proposal at a meeting on Monday. The proposed ordinance says […]
  • The Latest: Police say all victims found in bridge collapse

    MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the deadly pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Police in Miami say they believe they have recovered all the bodies of victims in a catastrophic bridge collapse on a busy highway. Juan Perez, Miami-Dade police chief, told news media late Saturday night that they had […]
  • Michigan shipwreck hunters find schooner that sank in 1873

    SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan shipwreck hunters have found the remains of a schooner that sank in Lake Michigan in 1873 during a storm. The Lizzie Throop was found in 280 feet (85 meters) of water along western Michigan’s coastline some 15 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of the city of South Haven, the Michigan […]
  • Sweden, North Korea end 3 days of talks on security issues

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s foreign minister concluded three days of talks Saturday with her North Korean counterpart, saying they discussed the “opportunities and challenges for continued diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful solution” to the Koreas’ security dispute. Minister Margot Wallstrom stopped short of saying whether North Korean Ri Yong Ho’s trip to Sweden had […]
  • Superstore chain Fred Meyer to stop selling guns, ammunition

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Superstore company Fred Meyer will stop selling guns and ammunition. The Portland, Oregon,-based chain in a statement Friday said it made the decision after evaluating customer preferences. The company sells guns at nearly 45 of its 132 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. “Fred Meyer has made a business decision […]
  • Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago River has been dyed a bright shade of green, kicking off the city’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Thousands of people lined the riverfront downtown Chicago on Saturday to see the dyeing, a tradition for the holiday that dates to 1962. A parade was also held. Among those marching in the […]
  • New Mexico nuke repository studied for plutonium storage

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has commissioned a national group of scientists to study the viability of diluting surplus weapons-grade plutonium and storing it permanently at the federal government’s underground repository in New Mexico. The panel of about 15 scientists from universities, corporations and laboratories around the nation will evaluate the […]
  • Texas authorities: At least 12 arrested for animal ritual

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Authorities in Texas have arrested at least a dozen people for animal cruelty after interrupting what they believe was ritual sacrifice. The San Antonio Express-News reports that Bexar County sheriff’s deputies found dead and dismembered animals in a San Antonio-area home Friday night after receiving calls that animals were being sacrificed. […]
  • The Latest: St Patrick’s Day Parade has sunny, inclusive day

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The luck of the Irish held throughout one of the world’s longest parades as the 257th running of the St. Patrick’s Day parade was carried out under sunny skies. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it was his […]
  • Man unsuccessfully appeals dismissal of his own charges

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Ronald Bergrin appears to have both won and lost Friday when a slightly bemused three-judge appeals court panel upheld dismissal of his charges for threatening an FBI agent after deeming him mentally incompetent to stand trial. Cleveland-based U.S. District Judge Dan Polster dismissed Bergrin’s charges in 2016 after ruling he was incompetent […]
  • With torn ligament, SZA powers through performance

    NEW YORK (AP) — R&B singer SZA didn’t let a torn ligament in her foot slow her down at a concert for her feverish fans in New York City. She walked into the venue Friday with a crutch helping her to the chair placed in the middle of the stage. She injured her foot while […]