Firefighters work the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee says a resident from a building adjacent to the two that collapsed reported that he smelled gas inside his apartment, but thought the odor could be coming from outside. (AP Photo/Jeremy Sailing)

2 NYC buildings collapse in explosion, 3 dead

UPDATE An explosion on Wednesday leveled two New York City apartment buildings, killing two people, injuring 17 others and sending smoke billowing above the skyline.…
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray gestures during the State of the District address at Kelly Miller Middle School Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Washington. Gray launched his State of the District speech by addressing a campaign-fundraising scandal, telling residents that he has not broken the law. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Despite scandal, D.C. mayor makes pitch for 2nd term

With the Democratic primary just three weeks away, Vincent Gray is trying to convince voters in the nation's capital that he didn't do anything wrong during his campaign in 2010 and that he is still the best choice to lead the city.…
Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner leaves the federal court house in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Shoffner was found guilty in her bribery trial. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Federal jury convicts former Arkansas treasurer

Martha Shoffner was arrested in May when FBI agents raided her home in Newport, finding $6,000 that was delivered in a pie box by bond dealer Steele Stephens after he began cooperating with authorities.…
This photo provided by Lee Palmer shows Lux, a 22-pound part-Himalayan cat that attacked a seven-month old baby. Portland police had to be called in to subdue the 22-pound  house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby. The baby was not injured in the Sunday, March 9, 2014, incident. (AP Photo/Lee Palmer)

Oregon couple attacked by cat plans to get it help

Two days after police arrived to subdue the 4-year-old part-Himalayan cat, owner Lee Palmer of Portland said he's taking the feline to a veterinarian. A pet psychologist also is due at the house to see the cat, named Lux.…
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U.S. House committee investigating GM recall

A congressional committee is investigating the way General Motors and a federal safety agency handled a deadly ignition switch problem in compact cars.…
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Senator: CIA improperly searched computer network

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA's improper search of a stand-alone computer network established for Congress has been referred to the Justice Department.…
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Federal government’s concern over heroin grows

The number of overdose deaths involving heroin increased by 45 percent between 2006 and 2010, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and several state governors, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, have recently drawn attention to the impact of heroin abuse in their communities.…
Jeffrey Thompson holds up his hands to indicate he will not speak to reporters as leaves federal court in Washington, after being charged Monday in a criminal information with two conspiracy offenses stemming from an ongoing investigation Monday, March 10, 2014.  District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray was aware of an off-the-books "shadow campaign" to support his 2010 bid and personally requested the funds from Thompson, federal prosecutors said Monday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Feds claim D.C. mayor knew of illegal ‘shadow campaign’

The explosive allegations were revealed in court documents detailing the activities of Jeffrey Thompson, the multimillionaire former owner of a well-connected accounting firm who pleaded guilty Monday to two conspiracy charges.…
This March 2, 2014 photo provided by Katheryn Deprill that she posted on Facebook, shows her holding a sign that says she is seeking her birth mother. Deprill was abandoned in the bathroom of a Burger King restaurant in Allentown, Pa., when she was a few hours old. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Katheryn Deprill)

‘Burger King baby’ seeks birth mother

Despite her Facebook post being shared nearly 27,000 times, Katheryn Deprill said there's still no sign of the mystery woman who left her in a restaurant bathroom in 1986. …
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Powerful quake shakes N. California; no injuries

A very strong earthquake rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region, but authorities said early Monday that there were no reports of any injuries or damages.…
Los Angeles Police Department photographer Norm Thomas photographs the crushed police car, Friday, March 7, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif.  A veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and his rookie partner was critically injured Friday when their patrol car collided with a big rig on a residential street. The truck driver also was injured. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Francine Orr, Pool)

Los Angeles officer killed in crash with big rig

A veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and his rookie partner was critically injured Friday when their patrol car collided with a big rig on a residential street. …
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Child sex abuse suspect dies at Boston hospital

Defense attorney William Barabino said John Burbine, a convicted sex offender, apparently tried to hang himself in his cell in an approximately 20-minute period between his guards' regular checks on him.…
This image take Thursday March 6, 2014 shows the residence of Dorian S. Nakamoto in Temple City, Calif. 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/Nick Ut)

Bitcoin controversy marks Newsweek’s comeback

In the comments section under Newsweek's statement backing the piece, many people suggested the magazine had jumped the gun by publishing the story before it was fully reported out. …
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Failure to reset alarms key to escape

A control center officer failed to reset two alarms for 5-and-a-½ hours after they were tested, and a supervisor who noticed the problem left when her shift was over without notifying others to check the gate, according to a report by the state Corrections Department's internal affairs division.…