Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Indianapolis blast probe focuses on natural gas

Indianapolis

Blast probe focuses on natural gas

The search for what caused a deadly explosion that rocked an Indianapolis neighborhood turned to natural gas Monday, with officials checking gas lines and a homeowner saying a problem furnace could have been to blame. But officials said it was too soon to rule out other causes, saying only they do not believe a meth lab was to blame for the explosion that killed two people, obliterated two homes and severely damaged dozens of others.

Washington

White House to mull secession bid

A petition calling for Texas to secede from the union crossed the White House's 25,000-signature threshold on Monday, setting the stage for an official U.S. government review and response. The petition aims to let Texas peacefully secede and "create its own new government."

Toledo, Ohio

Murder-suicide eyed in 5 deaths

Police say three children, their uncle and their grandmother have been found dead inside an Ohio garage in what appears to be a murder-suicide. The victims were found inside a truck with hoses leading from the exhaust pipe in the family's Toledo garage. Inside the vehicle were the bodies of 54-year-old Sandy Ford; her 32-year-old son, Andy Ford; and her grandchildren, Paige, Logan and Madalyn Hayes. The children were 10, 6 and 5. Sandy Ford's husband called police Monday to say he found suspicious notes in the house and couldn't enter the garage.

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VA nominee considers withdrawing as new allegations emerge of drinking, wrecking government vehicle

VA nominee considers withdrawing as new allegations emerge of drinking, wrecking government vehicle

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Ballard’s D.C. lobbying firm comes under scrutiny

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Rick Scott wins round as appeals court blocks rejection of felons’ voting rights system

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The Latest: Cosby jury ends Day 1 without a verdict

The Latest: Cosby jury ends Day 1 without a verdict

Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial have finished their first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict
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Facing Congress, EPA chief doesn't appear ready to apologize

Facing Congress, EPA chief doesn't appear ready to apologize

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The Latest: Ronny Jackson meets with White House press aides

The Latest: Ronny Jackson meets with White House press aides

Veterans Affairs nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson spent a late night at the White House huddled with top press aides
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Patton Oswalt credits late wife in Golden State Killer case

Patton Oswalt credits late wife in Golden State Killer case

Comedian Patton Oswalt proudly and tenderly praised his late wife for her work on the Golden State Killer case
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After 3 Tommy John surgeries, Jonny Venters back in majors

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