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  1. Pipe pressure before gas explosions was 12 times too high Source: APTue, 18 Sep 2018 17:59:34 GMT
    The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been, according to a letter from the state's U.S. senators to executives of the utility in charge of the pipelines. Democratic U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey sent the letter Monday seeking answers about the explosions from the heads of Columbia Gas, the company that serves the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, and NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas. More...
  2. DeVos' rocky Senate confirmation hearing turned into theaterTue, 18 Sep 2018 13:28:24 GMT
    Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky confirmation hearing in the Senate to become education secretary - this time on a theater stage. In a play performed Monday at Washington's Arena Stage theater, about a dozen student actors from local high schools posed as frustrated Democrats and friendly Republicans to grill DeVos on the merits of public education, the role of the federal government in civil rights, and her family wealth. More...
  3. Republicans delay Kavanaugh vote for hearing on assault accusationTue, 18 Sep 2018 08:59:41 GMT
    Republicans on Monday abruptly called Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault decades ago to testify publicly next week, grudgingly setting up a dramatic showdown they hoped would prevent the allegation from sinking his nomination to the Supreme Court. More...
  4. Man charged in connection with Alaska girl's deathTue, 18 Sep 2018 06:43:01 GMT
    An Alaska man found with the cellphone of a missing 10-year-old girl was charged Monday in connection with her death after GPS coordinates of where the phone had traveled led authorities to the girl's body. Peter Wilson, 41, of Kotzebue, Alaska, was formally charged Monday with making false statements as police tried to find Ashley Johnson-Barr, who had been missing since Sept. More...
  5. Trump declassifies documents related to FBI Russia probeTue, 18 Sep 2018 02:20:44 GMT
    President Donald Trump on Monday declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI's Russia investigation, including portions of a secret surveillance warrant and former FBI Director James Comey's text messages. Trump made the extraordinary move in response to calls from his allies in Congress who say they believe the Russia investigation was tainted by anti-Trump bias within the ranks of the FBI and Justice Department. More...
  6. Federal lawyers: Gulf oil leak spills much more than thoughtTue, 18 Sep 2018 00:14:13 GMT
    Federal government lawyers say a 14-year-old leak is releasing much more oil each day into the Gulf of Mexico than officials previously claimed, and it may be getting worse. A Friday court filing in a case involving Taylor Energy Co. More...
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  1. Pennsylvania mom killed son, 2, with lethal dose of Vicodin in sippy cup: policeWed, 19 Sep 2018 10:00:00 GMT
    A Pennsylvania woman was arrested Tuesday after police determined she had killed her 2-year-old son last month with an overdose of prescription medicine, authorities said. More...
  2. 2 pilots safe after Air Force plane crashes in Texas field Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:32:00 GMT
    Two pilots safely ejected from an Air Force training plane on Tuesday before it crashed into a field on the north side of San Antonio, a report said. More...
  3. Convicted murderer captured after escape from Maine prisonWed, 19 Sep 2018 09:30:00 GMT
    A convicted murderer who escaped from a Maine prison last week -- his third escape -- was captured Tuesday, officials said, adding that he may have done so to get more prison time. More...
  4. 'Up in the air': If displaced by storm, where to call home?Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:16:35 GMT
    As the pounding rains from Hurricane Florence finally ended, Lutrice Garcia left the shelter where she had spent several nights on a cot and tried to head home. More...
  5. Columbia Gas customers file class-action lawsuit over Boston-area explosions, firesWed, 19 Sep 2018 09:15:00 GMT
    A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the utility that operates pipelines linked to a series of explosions and fires last week that shook three Boston-area suburbs. More...
  6. Man, 45, threatened to shoot 11-year-old after losing Xbox game: policeWed, 19 Sep 2018 07:45:00 GMT
    A Long Island man, 45, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly threatening to shoot a boy, 11, after losing to him in an online video game, New Yorks FOX 5 reported. More...
  7. Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart to be releasedWed, 19 Sep 2018 06:58:37 GMT
    Elizabeth Smart said Tuesday that she's been assured the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted will be closely watched when she's released from prison. More...
  8. NFL's Jameis Winston sued over alleged groping incident with Uber driverWed, 19 Sep 2018 06:45:00 GMT
    A female Uber driver in Arizona filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback accusing him of sexual assault, court documents said. More...
  9. Manhunt intensifies for 'survivalist' who allegedly threatened TrumpWed, 19 Sep 2018 06:30:00 GMT
    Federal law enforcement is turning up the heat on the search for a Pennsylvania man who allegedly said he wanted to put a bullet in President Trumps head. More...
  10. Slain golfer, suspect lived contrasting lives in Iowa cityWed, 19 Sep 2018 06:08:47 GMT
    They had both recently turned 22 and were residing in the same Iowa college town but their lives couldn't have been much different before allegedly intersecting in the most violent way. More...
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