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Indiana governor defends religious freedom law

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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.

Two bodies found at New York City gas explosion site

NEW YORK - Two bodies were found on Sunday at the site of a gas explosion that destroyed three New York City apartment buildings last week, injuring 22 people, and officials were working to determine if they were those of two men unaccounted for, police said.

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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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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.

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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

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

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

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.

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