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California gas pipeline explosion, fire injure up to 15 people

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A construction crew on Friday accidentally ruptured a natural gas transmission line in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured up to 15 people, four of them critically, officials said. | Video

Fast-moving brush fire forces home evacuations near Los Angeles

- A fast-moving brush fire east of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes just hours after it started, fire department officials said on Sunday.

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Toddler shot in drive-by near Seattle dies

SEATTLE - A one-year-old girl who was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting near Seattle on Thursday died late Saturday from her wounds, hospital officials said.

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Officers kill knife-wielding man near St. Louis, police say

- A 23-year-old African-American man who barricaded himself in his mother's house in a St. Louis suburb was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife in one hand and a Bible in the other, authorities said on Saturday. | Video

Africa 18 Apr 2015

Torrential rain floods Houston before heading toward New Orleans

- Torrential rain triggered flooding on the streets of Houston and sent spectators fleeing from a circus south of the Texas city, officials said on Saturday, as the storm system headed east toward Louisiana and neighboring states.

Texas House approves bill that limits city bans on fracking

DALLAS - A bill that would stop Texas cities from enacting their own bans on hydraulic fracturing in the nation's top crude oil and natural gas producing state was approved on Friday in the state House of Representatives.

Politics, 18 Apr 2015

Los Angeles school district, teachers in tentative labor deal

- The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the city's teachers union reached a tentative agreement on Friday night, the union said, averting a possible strike.

18 Apr 2015

Campaign begins in Arizona to make recreational marijuana legal

PHOENIX - Advocates for legalizing marijuana launched a petition campaign in Phoenix on Friday seeking a ballot measure that could make Arizona the fifth U.S. state to allow possession, cultivation and consumption of small amounts of pot for recreational use.

17 Apr 2015

NHL's Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine, MDMA possession

- Los Angeles Kings player Jarret Stoll was arrested on Friday at a Las Vegas resort pool for carrying cocaine and the party drug MDMA, also known as "Molly," officials said. | Video

Sports 18 Apr 2015

Billionaire mall developer Alfred Taubman dies at 91

- Billionaire mall developer and prominent philanthropist A. Alfred Taubman, who launched the mall business Taubman Centers Inc in 1950, died on Friday of a heart attack, his son said. He was 91.

18 Apr 2015

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