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Investigators search for what triggered Missouri rampage

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - What led Joseph Aldridge to gun down seven people in a southern Missouri hamlet remained uncertain on Saturday, though authorities speculated that the death of the gunman's mother from cancer could have triggered the rampage.

Storm leads to 1,000 canceled flights in Texas as more snow heads east

CHICAGO - Stormy weather coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma with ice on Saturday, canceling nearly 1,000 flights at the Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport, while more snow headed toward the already winter-weary Midwest and Northeast.

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Congress averts security agency shutdown with one-week spending fix

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday to a one-week stopgap spending bill for the domestic security agency, averting a partial shutdown with just hours to spare before a midnight deadline. | Video

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U.S. moving to deport Bosnians over war crimes: NYT

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials have identified about 300 Bosnian immigrants who they believe concealed their involvement in wartime atrocities including the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, and are trying to deport at least 150 of them, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

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U.S. appeals court says Boston bomber trial can stay in city

- A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled the trial for the accused Boston Marathon bomber can go ahead in the city, over attempts from his attorneys to change the venue on the basis an impartial jury could not be seated so close to the site of the 2013 attack.

27 Feb 2015

Skating rink roof collapses in Massachusetts, no one hurt

- Part of the snow-covered roof of a Massachusetts skating rink collapsed on Saturday as a youth hockey team was practicing, but no one was hurt, authorities said.

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New York's exploding manhole covers pose unexpected winter hazard

NEW YORK - Salvatore Grillo was walking his Labrador retriever near Brooklyn's Prospect Park on a cold morning in February when he heard what sounded like a muffled explosion.

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Thousands protest Wisconsin right-to-work bill at capitol

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin unions bused in thousands of workers from around the state on Saturday to demonstrate against the impending adoption of a law that would ban private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues.

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U.S. border officials seize record 15 tons of pot at California border

LOS ANGELES - U.S. customs officers at a California border crossing seized more than 15 tons of marijuana hidden inside a tractor-trailer shipment designated as a cargo of mattresses, the biggest narcotics bust ever at that port of entry, officials said on Friday.

27 Feb 2015

Adoption by same-sex parent recognized by Alabama appeals court

- An Alabama appeals court ruled on Friday that the state must recognize the out-of-state adoption of three children by the estranged wife of their birth mother, lawyers for the plaintiff said.

27 Feb 2015

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