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Indiana governor: 'absolutely not' a mistake to sign religious freedom bill

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WASHINGTON - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday said it was "absolutely not" a mistake to sign the state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people.

Utility found 'hazardous situation' in gas link before New York blast

NEW YORK - Utility workers dispatched in August to one of three buildings destroyed in an explosion and fire in Manhattan last week found dangerous gas line connections that created a "hazardous situation," a Con Edison spokesman said on Saturday.

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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.

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Los Angeles train hits car on tracks and derails, 21 hurt

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles commuter train struck a car that turned in front of it near the University of Southern California campus on Saturday, derailing into a major thoroughfare and injuring 21 people, two of them seriously. | Video

28 Mar 2015

Seven shot at spring break party in Florida: police

- Three Alabama university students were among seven people shot, several critically injured, early on Saturday morning at a raucous spring break party in Panama City Beach, Florida, and the suspected shooter was taken into custody, local police said.

28 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

Defense moves into spotlight in Boston Marathon bombing trial

BOSTON - The Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts sharply in tone next week when prosecutors rest their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and turn proceedings over to his lawyers, who have already admitted he planted explosives at the finish line in April 2013.

28 Mar 2015

Minnesota finds third bird flu infection in commercial poultry

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Saturday confirmed the third infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in a commercial poultry flock in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey-producing state.

Health, 28 Mar 2015

Boston police officer shot during traffic stop expected to recover

BOSTON - A Boston police officer who was shot in the face by a man during a traffic stop in an incident that set off a twilight gunfight in the city is expected to recover, Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters on Saturday.

28 Mar 2015

Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

- The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people.

Politics, 28 Mar 2015

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