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Man using 'blowtorch’ to kill spider started fire
A man who used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room started a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage, Seattle fire officials said Wednesday.
Appeals court rules Texas can use race in admissions
In a 2-1 ruling, judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that barring the university from using race would ultimately lead to a less diverse student body in defiance of previous legal precedent that promoting diversity was an important part of education.
Pilot mistake means pingpong balls rain on highway
A pilot who dropped 3,000 pingpong balls that were redeemable for prizes missed a crowd assembled for the stunt and instead hit a nearby interstate.
House to take up highway bill as deadline looms
Congress has kept the highway trust fund teetering on the edge of bankruptcy since 2008 through a series of temporary fixes because lawmakers have been unable to find a politically acceptable long-term funding solution.
Michigan ex-prosecutor arrested in murder-for-hire plot
A former Michigan prosecutor was charged Monday with soliciting a hitman to murder a fellow attorney.
Rush-hour Moscow subway derails: 20 dead, 150 hurt
"There was smoke and we were trapped inside. It's a miracle we got out. I thought it was the end." — victim
Air Force’s James aimed ‘deep’ at nuke corps ills
When Deborah Lee James became top boss of the Air Force seven months ago, she announced the nuclear missile corps’ problems run deep, morale is “spotty” and forceful fixes are needed.
Dispatchers praised after rampage suspect gives up
During a 20-minute phone call, Pasadena emergency services operator Diane Marin persuaded the caller to surrender, as another operator relayed information to officers who surrounded the house where he was holed up, authorities said.
Giant African snails seized at Los Angeles airport
The snails — which are prohibited in the U.S. — arrived from Nigeria and were being sent to a person in San Dimas, said Lee Harty, a spokeswoman for the customs agency.
Struck by thrown rock, mom fights for life
Four teens charged in incident that happened on Interstate 80 in east-central Pennsylvania near Williamsport around midnight Thursday.
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