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FEMA denies aid to Texas for plant blast
 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide additional money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.

 
Defense hints at plea in Ohio kidnapping-rape case

CLEVELAND — A man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade pleaded not guilty Wednesday, and the defense hinted that a trial can be avoided with a plea if he escapes the death penalty.

 
Southern California grandma, 72, shoots at intruder, misses

STANTON, Calif. — A 72-year-old Southern California grandmother who shot at — and narrowly missed — a man trying to break into her home said Tuesday she was shocked at the attention her action was getting but does not regret defending herself and her husband, an 85-year-old World War II veteran who uses a wheelchair.

New Myspace takes it back to the future

The new Myspace.com was unveiled Wednesday, revealing a site focused on entertainment that combines social networking with streaming music. There are new features aimed at helping musicians, writers and other artists connect with their followers, an app and a radio function.

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Flying bicycle takes to the air

Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that successfully took off Wednesday and landed safely after a remote-controlled, five-minute flight.

Kobe Bryant memorabilia case ends with parents’ apology

NEWARK, N.J. — Kobe Bryant settled two lawsuits with a New Jersey auction house over plans to sell his memorabilia, and the parents of the All-Star basketball guard apologized to him for their actions.

World’s oldest person dies in Japan at 116

TOKYO — Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, who had been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person and the oldest man ever, died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 116.

 
Clashes in Istanbul extend into night in Taksim

ISTANBUL — Protesters and Turkey’s prime minister both refused to back down Tuesday in what could become the final battle for Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the symbol of nationwide grievances against his government.

 
Immigration bill advances in Senate

WASHINGTON — In Spanish and English, the Senate pushed contentious immigration legislation over early procedural hurdles with deceptive ease on Tuesday as President Barack Obama insisted the “moment is now” to give 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally a chance at citizenship.

 
Dispatch call describes Paris Jackson’s injuries

LOS ANGELES — Paramedics were dispatched to Paris Jackson’s home on a report that the 15-year-old had taken 20 Motrin pills and cut herself with a kitchen knife, audio of an emergency dispatch released Tuesday shows.

 
Oregon senator cites contradiction by NSA in eavesdropping answer

WASHINGTON — One of the staunchest critics of government surveillance programs said Tuesday that the national intelligence director did not give him a straight answer last March when he asked whether the National Security Agency collects any data on millions of Americans.

German WWII bomber raised from English Channel

A British museum on Monday successfully recovered a German bomber that had been shot down over the English Channel during World War II.