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Oroville crisis drives harder look at aging US dams

By ELLEN KNICKMEYERAssociated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – One year after the worst structural failures at a major U.S. dam in a generation, federal regulators who oversee California’s half-century-old, towering Oroville Dam say they are looking hard at how they overlooked its built-in weaknesses for decades. The Federal Energy Regulatory …

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Grand Canyon helicopter crash ‘horrible’; 4 rescued, 3 dead

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) – Four survivors of a deadly tour helicopter crash onto the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon were being treated at a Nevada hospital on Sunday while crews tackled difficult terrain in a very remote area to try to recover the bodies of three …

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Emergency repairs: Baltimore metro to close up to 4 weeks

BALTIMORE (AP) – The entire Baltimore metro system will remain closed for emergency repairs for up to four weeks through March 11, the Maryland Transit Administration announced Sunday. Gov. Larry Hogan said $2.2 million in emergency funding is being provided to run shuttle bus bridges along the 15.5-mile (25-kilometer) route …

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The Latest: More snow nixes flights at Chicago airports

CHICAGO (AP) – The Latest on a storm that brought snow and freezing rain to the upper Midwest (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Some early-morning snow in the Chicago area caused flight delays and cancelations at the city’s two main airports. Three or more inches of snow fell in the …

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Authorities: 4 victims’ names released in Kentucky shootings

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky gunman killed his parents, his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s mother in a weekend shooting spree before ending his own life, State Police said Sunday. State Police Trooper William Petry on Sunday released the victims’ names and their relationships with the presumed shooter, Joseph Nickell. …

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California science fair project tying race, IQ sparks outcry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A Northern California school district is investigating how a science project correlating low intelligence with racial groups was on full display at a science fair, where it drew outrage from some students, parents and staff. The project by a Sacramento high school student enrolled in an …

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Indiana county records 4 deaths in 48 hours from moving snow

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A county near Chicago has recorded four deaths related to moving snow in the 48 hours following a major winter storm. Lake County, Indiana, Coroner Merrilee Frey, says Saturday that the deaths were related to shoveling or snowblowing. She issued an urgent message asking residents to be …

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GBI: Suspect became combative; both sides started shooting

By JEFF MARTINAssociated Press LOCUST GROVE, Ga. (AP) – As police tried to serve an arrest warrant at a home outside of Atlanta, the criminal suspect became combative and both sides started shooting, resulting in the death of an officer and the suspect, authorities said. Locust Grove Police Officer Chase …

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Bengals cheerleader and husband launch golf cart transit

By DAN SEWELLAssociated Press CINCINNATI (AP) – An entrepreneurial Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader and her husband have teed off on a new way of getting around the city’s downtown: golf carts. GEST Carts offers rides on weekend nights to attractions such as riverfront restaurants, a casino and other entertainment spots. Co-founders …

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