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Two missing men likely found amid NYC gas explosion rubble: fire official

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NEW YORK - Two bodies found on Sunday at the site of a gas explosion that destroyed three New York City apartment buildings last week, injuring 22 people, were believed to be those of two unaccounted for men, the city's top fire official said. | Video

Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Politics, Russia, Syria 1:20am EDT

New York state lawmakers reach budget deal

NEW YORK - New York state lawmakers agreed a budget plan late on Sunday night that includes much-debated reforms to the education system and ethics standards for lawmakers, state governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders said in statement.

Politics, 12:03am EDT

Indiana governor defends religious freedom law

WASHINGTON - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday defended a new state law that opponents worry may support discrimination against gay people, saying he had no plans to add extra protections but would consider new suggestions from state legislators.

Politics, 29 Mar 2015

Firefighters gain on Montana fire that forced evacuation of ski area

- Firefighters in Montana on Sunday were working to contain a wildfire that forced the evacuation of hundreds from a ski area as flames driven by high winds threatened to engulf the only road to and from the resort, officials said.

29 Mar 2015

Boston police officer shot in the face improving after surgery

- A Boston police officer who was shot in the face by a man during a traffic stop was improving after hours of surgery during which a bullet was removed from his neck, officials said on Sunday.

29 Mar 2015

Nebraska health care worker being monitored for Ebola has unrelated health issue: hospital

- One of five people being monitored by an Omaha, Nebraska medical center after possible exposure to the Ebola virus in West Africa has been hospitalized for a health problem unrelated to Ebola, health officials said on Sunday.

29 Mar 2015

Famed New York roller coaster strands riders on opening day

NEW YORK - Dozens of people celebrating opening day with a free roller coaster ride at New York's Coney Island amusement park on Sunday were forced to walk down the steep ride when its cars got stuck near the summit, police said.

29 Mar 2015

Pennsylvania girl, 4, rides bus alone in search of slushie, shocks passengers

- A 4-year-old Pennsylvania girl surprised a driver and passengers when she boarded a public bus alone in the middle of the night on a quest for a sugary slushy, transportation officials said on Sunday.

29 Mar 2015

Thousands march in Indiana to protest law seen targeting gays

INDIANAPOLIS - Thousands of people marched in Indiana's largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people.

28 Mar 2015

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