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Boston bounces back from 2 feet of snow after blizzard
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow....

'Never felt guilty': Civil rights convictions tossed in SC
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed....

Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday....

Mom wants independent autopsy after police killed daughter
DENVER (AP) -- The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed by Denver police said Wednesday that she wants a second, independent autopsy because she doesn't trust the official investigation into the death of her daughter....

Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies at 99
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. He was 99....

Montana oil spill cleanup to slow as river gets dangerous
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The struggle to recover 30,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline spill into Montana's Yellowstone River is expected to grind to a near-halt in coming days as warmer weather makes ice on the river increasingly dangerous, state regulators and a company spokesman said Wednesday....

Arkansas panel rejects removing Lee from King holiday
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A bid to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day was rejected by lawmakers Wednesday after opponents said the move would belittle Southern heritage....

Texas inmate set to die Thursday for 1996 slaying
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Robert Ladd was paroled after serving about a third of his 40-year prison sentence for the fatal stabbing of a Dallas woman whose body was set ablaze in a fire that killed her two children....

Vanderbilt rape verdicts signal support for assault victims
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction....

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity....

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