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Holder: Americans stand with Kansas City mourners

Holder: Americans stand with Kansas City mourners

Holder told the overflow crowd of more than 1,000 that every alleged hate crime, no matter the intended target, is an affront to the nation.

Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured

Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured

The crash on a busy commercial strip in Monterey Park left one truck embedded in the restaurant, with shattered glass and rubble heaped on the sidewalk. Chairs and tables were scattered inside.

Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

Portland officials said Wednesday they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir.

Texas town recovering, year after deadly blast

Texas town recovering, year after deadly blast

Stores of ammonium nitrate exploded in a gigantic blast that registered as a small earthquake and sprayed debris miles away. Fifteen people were killed, including 12 volunteer firefighters and others responding to the fire, and more than 200 were injured. The blast caved in homes and schools, and destroyed water lines and roads.

Obama praises Biden, but doesn’t endorse for 2016

WASHINGTON  | President Barack Obama is keeping to himself his favorite to succeed him in the White House. But Obama does say that Joe Biden “will go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history.” He didn’t endorse …

Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

"Essentially, (the cases) are not that different," said Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Byron Babione, who is representing Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith. "Both of them involve challenges to state marriage amendments that were passed by an overwhelming majority of the people."

A year after background check defeat, modest gun control goals for Washington Democrats

A year after background check defeat, modest gun control goals for Washington Democrats

"This kind of change doesn't happen overnight," said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

"I believe this will be the safest place on the planet on April 21," said Dave McGillivray, the long-time race director for the Boston Athletic Association.

Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network

Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network

"This new organization will bring more people into the fight against gun violence, which affects every town in America," Bloomberg said in a statement.

Judge stays most of Ohio gay marriage ruling

Judge stays most of Ohio gay marriage ruling

"It's frustrating," said the 44-year-old Cleveland woman, who married her wife in New York last year.