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Fiery Explosions Rock Florida Propane Tank Plant

A series of blasts ravaged a Blue Rhino propane gas plant in central Florida's Lake County late Monday night. At least seven workers were injured. The detonations reportedly lasted some 30 minutes, but the fires raged for much longer.

Abortion Drives Bigger Wedge Between Red And Blue States

A new Pew Research Center survey suggests that an eight-state region of the country — Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma — is significantly more conservative on abortion than it was two decades ago.

Will Whitey Bulger Testify? It's Still Unclear

The defense in the Whitey Bulger trial began Monday. Still unanswered is the big question: Will the reputed mob boss testify?

Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage'

Picketers in seven cities say McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food chains should pay employees $15 an hour. But the restaurant industry says that would force those companies to cut jobs.

Montana's State-Run Free Clinic Sees Early Success

A year ago, Montana opened the nation's first clinic for free primary healthcare services to its state government employees. It was pitched as a way to improve employee health but faced political opposition. A year later, the state says the clinic is saving money and diagnosing a host of issues.

In Nation's First Black Public High School, A Blueprint For Reform

Journalist Alison Stewart chronicles the history of Dunbar High School in her new book, First Class. She says the Washington, D.C., school — which has graduated Army generals, Cabinet members and musicians — can serve as a model for urban schools today.

Panel Urges Lung Cancer Screening For Millions Of Americans

Most people get diagnosed with lung cancer when it's too late to effectively treat it. A federal panel is trying to improve the odds by saying that longtime smokers and former smokers should get annual CT scans to check for lung cancer.

Police Arrest Woman Suspected Of Vandalizing Washington Icon

The woman allegedly splattered green paint on the organ at the National Cathedral. Paint was similarly splattered at the Lincoln Memorial last week.

Obama And Clinton Meet For 'Friendship' Lunch

President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Monday for a private lunch that immediately sparked speculation about what it means for the 2016 presidential race.

Statue Brings Friction Over WWII Comfort Women To California

A sculpture memorializing the East Asian women forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II is causing a stir in Glendale, Calif. An identical statue in Seoul has become a focal point of tension among former "comfort women" and some Japanese who say the women's stories are untrue.