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The bus driver, Ophadell Williams, was ticketed in 1995 for speeding and twice for driving without a license

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Investigators looking into a weekend tour bus crash in New York City that killed 15 people are focusing on the driver, a man with a decades-old manslaughter conviction


Kentucky gutted its mental health budget by an astounding 47 percent over the last two years

DENVER (AP) — State budget writers looking for cash to balance the books have stripped a cumulative $1.8 billion from mental health services over the last 2½ years, putting the public at risk as the mentally ill crowd emergency rooms and prisons, according to the nation's largest mental health advocacy group.


 Clogging the Wisconsin Capitol grounds and screaming angry chants, tens of thousands of undaunted pro-labor protesters descended on Madison again Saturday and vowed to focus on future elections now that contentious cuts to public worker union rights have become law.


'No matter what we do, we're not totally safe'

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Take the world's most earthquake-prepared country, jolt it with one of the biggest quakes in history and add a devastating tsunami minutes later. In the classic battle of Man vs. Nature, Nature won again.


Obama wants to address issues of Medicare, Medicaid after spending deal is reached

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell warned on Friday that GOP senators will not vote to increase the government's borrowing limit unless President Barack Obama agrees to rein in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, laying down a high-stakes marker just weeks before the debt ceiling is reached.


2011 Carnival season which has been among the most raucous since Hurricane Katrina

Police on foot, some on horseback, on Wednesday ushered in the Christian season of Lent by clearing Bourbon Street


If convicted, the men could face life in prison

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 13 suspected pirates from Somalia and one from Yemen in the February hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead


'Our hearts go out to our friends in Japan and across the region, and we're going to stand with them as they recover and rebuild from this tragedy'

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said he was "heartbroken" by images of devastation in Japan following Friday's deadly earthquake and tsunami, and pledged U.S. assistance to help the country recover.


He has been charged with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of possessing an unregistered explosive device

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Investigators have arrested a man they say planted a sophisticated bomb along a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route in Spokane -- a failed attack but one that raised concern, because he has ties to a white supremacist organization.


Civil rights advocates called the new rule a step backward, tantamount to double punishment

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet have ended the automatic restoration of voting and other civil rights to nonviolent felons once their sentences are up.


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