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Civil War: 150th anniversary of Lee surrender at Appomattox

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — The surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago on Thursday was a milestone event in the end of the Civil War. This is a rolling account of Thursday's commemoration of anniversary events that include a reenactment of Lee's last clash with Grant's troops and of the Confederate surrender in a Virginia farmhouse on April 9, 1865. Interspersed are historical accounts from 150 years ago:

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015

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Q&A on AP investigation of perimeter security at US airports

 

A year ago, 15-year-old Yahya Abdi climbed the fence protecting the airport in San Jose, California, hoisted himself into a parked plane's wheel well and survived a long, freezing flight to Hawaii.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015

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Snap back? Not so fast. Sanctions a big issue in nuke talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Snap back? Not so fast.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015

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Obama: Decision near on removing Cuba from terror list

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — President Barack Obama will act soon on a recommendation about whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, he said Thursday as he opened a three-day trip to the Caribbean and Central America.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015

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Regulators penalize PG&E $1.6 billion for pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to penalize Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $1.6 billion for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes in suburban San Francisco.

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Midwest prepares for possible tornadoes as storms move east

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A broad swath of the Midwest readied for hail, damaging winds and possibly tornadoes Thursday as a strong storm front continued to rumble east.

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Witness: Officer didn't warn man before he shot him 8 times

 

 

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An eyewitness whose cellphone video put a South Carolina police officer in jail on a murder charge said Wednesday that he did not hear the white officer give any warning before he fired eight times at the back of a black man who can be seen in the footage running away before he falls to the ground.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015

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VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists — and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms — government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015

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