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Pilot Flying J Gas Stations Target Of Federal Investigation

This week the FBI and IRS raided the headquarters of one of the country's largest private employers: Pilot Flying J. The chain operates more than 600 gas stations and convenience stores in 44 states. It's owned by billionaire Jimmy Haslam. Haslam also owns the Cleveland Browns and his brother is Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who owns shares in the company.
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Texas Authorities Confirm 14 Dead In Fertilizer Plant Blast

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the bodies of 14 people were recovered after the Wednesday night explosion, and 200 people are hurt. Rescuers are still searching houses for victims.
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Fertilizer Shows Its Deadly Side

This week's explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in Texas reminds us of the "cursed" side of the nitrogen that powers most of agriculture around the world. Through habit or necessity, we've come to depend on it. But there are costs.
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Stubbornly, Manchin Maintains Optimism On Background Checks

Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who lent his name to bipartisan legislation that would have extended background checks for gun purchasers to gun shows and online sales, isn't letting go. At least not yet. Others in the Senate, however, seem ready to move on.
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FAA OKs Boeing's 787 Battery Fix

More insulation between battery cells and a new steel box to contain a potential fire are Boeing's solution for battery woes that grounded the "Dreamliner."
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Boston On Lockdown: 'Today Is So Much Scarier'

With a manhunt underway for a suspect in Monday's bombings, the area in and around Boston has been virtually shut down. Transit isn't running, and most businesses and schools are closed. Most people are safe at home, but many are unnerved.
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CDC: U.S. Hospitals Should Be Vigilant For Bird Flu

While there is still conflicting reports about how easily the new strain can be transmitted between humans, the CDC says early intervention is key.
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Boston Bombing Suspects Are Brothers Living In U.S. For Years

The two suspects in Monday's deadly Boston Marathon explosions and the Thursday night murder of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are brothers from a former Soviet republic who were in the United States legally for years and lived together in a Cambridge, Mass., apartment.

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