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Gas blast wrecks hospital in Mexico; at least 2 dead

Gas blast wrecks hospital in Mexico; at least 2 dead

The Associated PressRescue workers comb through the rubble of a maternity and children’s hospital after a gas truck exploded Thursday, in Cuajimalpa on the western edge of Mexico City. The powerful explosion collapsed about 75 percent of the hospital, killing at least one woman and a child a…

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Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

As auto technology improves, accidents like this one in Hollywood, Calif., are less likely to be fatal for drivers, a new study says.

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Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

WASHINGTON — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Epic search for fugitive treasure hunter ends in Florida

Epic search for fugitive treasure hunter ends in Florida

Authorities find "one of the most intelligent fugitives ever sought by the U.S. Marshals."   

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Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history was arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday.

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Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

FILE -In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service, Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (A…

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Goal: Google driverless cars on market within 5 years

Goal: Google driverless cars on market within 5 years

Prototypes for testing are being developed and assembled.

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Lake Havasu offering cash to find lost wreckage

Lake Havasu offering cash to find lost wreckage

Plane crashes happened in 1943 and 1960.

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Neighborhood turf war pits gardeners against active kids

DEAR CAROLYN: My neighborhood has one small traffic island on a busy street, to calm traffic and prevent accidents. Our town maintains traffic islands as public green space with the help of community volunteer gardeners.

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Dear Abby for Oct. 30

DEAR ABBY: I am a fire officer who has seen too many families experience accidental home fires, many with fatal results. It is devastating to find out that a life could have been saved had someone taken the simple precaution of replacing a dead battery in a smoke alarm.

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House sets vote for Sandy aid after criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is headed for a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims after House Speaker John Boehner mollified Republicans from New York and New Jersey upset with his decision to cancel action on the bill.

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Nature slams campaigns into real world

Nature slams campaigns into real world

After canceling his appearance at a Monday morning campaign rally in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama walks toward the White House in a driving rain after returning to Washington to monitor preparations for early response to Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Water, fire and darkness: NYC after the superstorm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City awakened Tuesday to a flooded subway system, shuttered financial markets and hundreds of thousands of people without power a day after a wall of seawater and high winds slammed into the city, destroying buildings and flooding tunnels.

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Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake

NEW YORK (AP) — As superstorm Sandy marched slowly inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation's largest city unusually vacant and dark.

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Slate's explainer: What do birds do during a hurricane?

(c) 2012, Slate.

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