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Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A fight is brewing in Mississippi over a proposal to issue specialty license plates honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.


ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A natural gas explosion rocked a downtown neighborhood overnight, leveling two houses and spawning fires that burned for hours through an entire row of neighboring homes


Expanding access to high-speed Internet to 98 percent of the nation within five years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama wants nearly all Americans to have access to speedy wireless services.


Severe winter weather that affected 30 states could have contributed to the sharp drop

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in nearly three years, continuing a downward trend that suggests hiring could pick up this year.


Oklahoma, Arkansas and much of deep South remains under ice, snow

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A second powerful blizzard in a week roared through parts of the nation's midsection on Wednesday, bringing biting winds and dumping more than a foot of snow on areas still digging out from last week's major storm.


Electronic flaws were not to blame for runaway vehicles

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota shares jumped 4.6 percent to a nine-month high in Wednesday morning trading in Tokyo, following a U.S. government report that ruled out electronic flaws in runaway Toyota vehicles.
The Japanese automaker welcomed the findings as confirming the reliability of its products.


Official to determine whether revamp of execution chamber fixed 'cruel and unusual' conditions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California hasn't executed anyone in more than five years and its death row population has risen, recently reaching 720 inmates - the largest in the country.


Jurors reject Muzzammil Hassan's claims of spousal abuse

The founder of a Muslim-oriented TV station in western New York has been convicted of beheading his wife after jurors rejected his claim that he was the victim of spousal abuse.


Initial $8 billion in spending part of budget plan Obama is set to release Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion spending plan for high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jumpstart job creation.


AOL is in the midst of a turnaround effort

Internet company AOL Inc. is buying news hub Huffington Post in a $315 million deal that represents a bold bet on the future of online news.


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