Dorian S. Nakamoto talks during an interview with the Associated Press, Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Los Angeles. Nakamoto, the man that Newsweek claims is the founder of Bitcoin, denies he had anything to do with it and says he had never even heard of the digital currency until his son told him he had been contacted by a reporter three weeks ago. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Man denies he’s bitcoin creator

Newsweek published a 4,500-word cover story claiming Nakamoto is the person who wrote the computer code underpinnings of bitcoin, but in an exclusive two-hour interview with The Associated Press, Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto denied he had anything to do with the digital currency.…
Firefighters battle a large fire at an apartment building in Detroit, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. There were no immediate reports of any deaths caused by the fire at the Jason Manor Apartments, which broke out at about 6 a.m. Four people were taken to hospitals for treatment, Detroit Fire Commissioner Jonathan Jackson said. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Fire chief says Detroit apartment blaze was arson

Investigators say a fire that destroyed a Detroit apartment building and forced some adults and children to leap from second- and third-floor windows was set intentionally.…
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., center, speaks with Daleep Singh, deputy assistant Treasury Secretary for Europe and Eurasia, left, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 6, 2014, prior to the start of the committee's hearing on American foreign policy toward Ukraine. The Obama administration slapped new visa restrictions Thursday on pro-Russian opponents of the new Ukraine government in Kiev and cleared the way for financial sanctions as the West began punishing Moscow for its occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US announces visa restrictions on some Russians

The Obama administration slapped new visa restrictions Thursday on pro-Russian opponents of the new Ukraine government in Kiev and cleared the way for financial sanctions as the West began punishing Moscow for its occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region.…
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U.S. agency to probe health exchanges

The U.S. Government Accountability Office accepted an initial request from a group of House Republicans seeking an audit on how $304 million in federal grants were spent on the Cover Oregon website, which has yet to enroll a single person online without special assistance.…
Students cross the street toward the Hercules Middle-High School campus in Hercules, Calif., Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Police on Tuesday were investigating reports of a brutal assault of a transgender teen who was using a high school bathroom in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb. The 15-year-old student told officers he was leaving a boy's bathroom at Hercules High School on Monday when three teenage boys pushed him inside a handicapped stall and physically and sexually assaulted him, Hercules police Detective Connie Van Putten said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Transgender teen recants allegations of attack

A 15-year-old transgender student in California who claimed to have been beaten and sexually assaulted in a school bathroom recanted after a police investigation failed to back up his story.…
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US taking steps to help NATO allies in Europe

The Obama administration is taking steps to support the defenses of U.S. allies in Europe in response to Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.…
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Probe begins of NJ blast that killed 1, injured 7

Investigators are looking to determine what triggered a natural gas leak and explosion that devastated a town house development in New Jersey, killing one woman and injuring seven workers.…
David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, poses with some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins, at his office in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.  A California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across the modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said Hall, who recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

California gold discovery spurs rush of theories

The theory gaining the most traction this week is that the hoard is made up of most of the $30,000 in gold coins that Walter Dimmick stole from the U.S. Mint in San Francisco in 1901.…
A view of the Crockett Lane house explosion scene in Ewing, N.J. Tuesday Mar. 4, 2014. (Trentonian photo/Penny Ray)

Woman killed, 7 hurt in NJ blast after gas leak

The body was not discovered until late in the day, on a car near the site of the explosion, after authorities had thought the neighborhood had escaped the blast without any deaths.…
Passengers from a disabled Canadian naval ship walk off the American naval destroyer USS Michael Murphy after being escorted to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. A U.S. Navy ocean tug was towing the Canadian ship after an engine fire left 20 sailors with minor injuries. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

Canadian navy ship towed to Hawaii after fire

A U.S. Navy ocean tug on Tuesday was towing a Canadian navy ship with nearly 300 crew members on board to Hawaii's Pearl Harbor after an engine fire left 20 sailors with minor injuries.…
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Cold, gray day doesn’t stop Mardi Gras revelers

A cold, gray day greeted revelers - but didn't deter them - along parade routes Tuesday as the Carnival season in New Orleans headed to a crest with the unabashed celebration of Mardi Gras.…
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Republican group shows support for gay marriage

A group of current and former Republican lawmakers say they support making same-sex marriage legal in Utah and Oklahoma because it's consistent with Western conservative values of freedom and liberty.…
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Comcast extends cheap Web access amid deal review

Comcast says it will continue to offer low-cost broadband Internet connections to low-income families beyond the three-year commitment it made when it bought NBCUniversal.…
A National Park Service employee posts a sign reading "Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN All National Parks are Closed" on a barricade closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Shutdown cost national parks at least $414 million

The government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly eight million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending, the Interior Department said Monday.…