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Oregon moves to dump health exchange website

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead....

Man gets life in prison in retirement home deaths

DETROIT (AP) -- A 67-year-old grandfather was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole in the killing of two women at a Detroit retirement home....

Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery....

Chicago doctor among those killed in Afghanistan

CHICAGO (AP) -- From Chicago to Afghanistan, Dr. Jerry Umanos dedicated his service to poor children....

After court drama, Oklahoma to have 2 executions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday....

Postal workers' unions protest Staples program

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Postal workers in cities big and small protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees....

Ex-soldier convicted in daughter's beating death

HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal jury on Thursday convicted a former Hawaii soldier of murder in the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter, a capital offense in a state that doesn't have the death penalty....

11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said....

South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

TOKYO (AP) -- When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States....

Company stopped from accepting abortion waste

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power....