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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.

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, 5:33pm EDT

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.

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Man gets 100 years for killing Montana teacher in drug-fueled frenzy

- A man who admitted killing a Montana teacher during a cocaine frenzy was sentenced to 100 years in prison by a state judge on Friday in a case that authorities said underscored a crime wave that accompanied a regional oil boom.

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No verdict yet in case of missing New York boy

NEW YORK - Jurors in the murder trial of a man who confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 ended deliberations on Friday without reaching a verdict in the case, one of the first to highlight the plight of missing and abducted children.

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Boston officials lay out security plans for marathon

BOSTON - Boston officials outlined a safety plan on Friday for the 2015 Boston Marathon that would protect runners and spectators while maintaining an upbeat mood two years after an attack at the event killed three people and wounded many others.

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Police say Phoenix gunman 'snapped,' killed four, then himself

PHOENIX - A man apparently upset over a family business dispute "snapped" before fatally shooting his two brothers, his mother and his sister-in-law and then killing himself at a home in Phoenix, police said on Friday.

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Workers claim Wal-Mart closed California store in retaliation

- Some employees accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday of closing a location in the Los Angeles area for six months in retaliation for workers demanding for better wages and benefits.

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University of Kentucky student fatally shot near campus

LOUISVILLE - A University of Kentucky student was fatally shot early on Friday during a street robbery near the campus in Lexington, and authorities charged two men in the killing, police said.

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U.S. jury hears Bryant Gumbel testimony in HBO libel trial

- A federal jury heard testimony from Bryant Gumbel on Friday at a trial in which HBO faces libel claims over a report aired on the TV journalist's popular sports news program that focused on child labor in India.

Arts, Entertainment 5:50pm EDT

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