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President Ghani: IS claims responsibility for deadly Afghan bombing

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed to have carried out a deadly suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan Saturday that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, in what, if verified, would be the first major attack claimed by the jihadist group in the country. Show More Summary

Suicide bomber kills 33 in bloody attack outside Afghan bank

A suicide bomber killed at least 33 people and wounded 100 others in an attack Saturday outside a bank in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, according to officials. "Thirty-three dead bodies and more than 100 wounded were brought to the hospital," Dr Najeebullah Kamawal, head of the provincial hospital, told AFP. Show More Summary

Gas-line blast at California shooting range injures 11

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A natural gas pipeline explosion at a California sheriff's gun range shot flames well over 100 feet into the air, left 11 people injured and brought traffic on a busy highway to a halt, authorities and witnesses said.

U.S. urges Greece to reach debt deal

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warns default would create "hardship" for Greece.

Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town

A man was sentenced to 100 years in prison Friday in a Montana teacher's murder — a case that local officials say robbed the victim's rural hometown of its innocence amid an oil boom that's swept across...

Campaign begins in Arizona to make recreational marijuana legal

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - 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. Show More Summary

Texas House approves bill that limits city bans on fracking

By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - 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. Show More Summary

California gas pipeline explosion, fire injure up to 15 people

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A construction crew accidentally ruptured a natural gas transmission line on Friday in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured up to 15 people, three of them critically, officials said. Show More Summary

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. Michael...Show More Summary

Clinton faces early test on trade deal fight

Less than a week after formally launching her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is already being tested on a thorny issue for Democrats: free-trade deals and their impact on workers. On Thursday, the debate rose to a full boil when...Show More Summary

Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant, officials announced Friday.

Reserve deputy apologizes to victim's family on 'Today' show

Robert Bates appeared on the “Today” show Friday to apologize for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man earlier this month.

One dead, five wounded in car bombing near U.S. consulate in Iraq

One person was killed, and five wounded in a car bombing close to the U.S. consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan's capital Erbil on Friday, the local mayor said. "A car bomb exploded outside the entrance to the U.S. consulate," said Nihad Qo...

Oklahoma deputy apologizes for fatal shooting, says was trained

An Oklahoma reserve deputy, who fatally shot a man when he said he accidentally grabbed his gun instead of his Taser, apologized to the victim's family on Friday and said his mistake could have happened to anyone. Volunteer deputy Robert Bates, in an interview on NBC's "Today" show, also denied a report that he was not properly trained. Show More Summary

Iraqi officials say Saddam deputy killed near Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say they believe government forces have killed Saddam Hussein's former deputy who later allied himself with Islamic State militants — Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.

Parents of youngest Boston bombing victim want death penalty 'off the table'

The family of Martin Richard asks prosecutors to accept a plea deal for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

German president: Germanwings crash an 'unbelievable horror'

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — The Germanwings crash last month was an "unbelievable horror" for the families of those killed, compounded by the apparent senselessness of the co-pilot's actions in bringing down the plane, German President Joachim Gauck told hundreds of victims' relatives and dignitaries at a memorial service Friday.

Hillary Clinton gets real – and that’s a challenge

As with any politician trying to get personal with voters, Clinton's story is more complicated than she lets on.

'Drop the death penalty,' say parents of Boston bombing victim

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The parents of the boy who was the youngest to die in the attack on the Boston Marathon asked federal prosecutors to abandon their effort to sentence the bomber to death, in a statement on the front page of the Boston Globe on Friday. Show More Summary

Immigration fight heads to federal appeals court

In a key test of President Barack Obama's efforts to overhaul immigration law without congressional action, administration lawyers will on Friday ask a federal appeals court to lift an injunction blocking his executive action meant to help undocumented immigrants. Show More Summary

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