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Inspectors Found Faulty Work Before NYC Blast

Firefighters spray water on a collapsed building in New York's East Village, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in New York. An apparent gas explosion leveled an apartment building, partially destroyed another and launched rubble and shards of glass across streets in the heart of Manhattan on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people. (AP/John Minchillo)
Firefighters spray water on a collapsed building in New York's East Village, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in New York. An apparent gas explosion leveled an apartment building, partially destroyed another and launched rubble and shards of glass across streets in the heart of Manhattan on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people. (AP/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK—An hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors...




  • This aerial photo shows storm damage of the River Oaks Mobile Home Park in Sand Springs, Okla., on March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Tulsa World,  Tom Gilbert)

    Grateful Oklahomans Salvage Belongings After Killer Storm

    SAND SPRINGS, Okla.—Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains’ first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low but understanding that nature’s... Read more

  • Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System attends the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum on Wednesday March 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Paul Volcker: Gold Was the Enemy

    NEW YORK—Paul Volcker is a living financial legend. As a chairman of the Federal Reserve in the early ′80s, he was singlehandedly responsible for quashing... Read more

  • Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Nicolaus, spoke in support of a plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    $1 Billion Water Spending Plan Heads to California Governor

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown,... Read more

  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announces that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has approved the state's waiver request for the plan his administration calls HIP 2.0, during a speech in Indianapolis. on  Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Indiana Governor Overrides Law to Authorize Needle Exchange

    INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections... Read more

  • Sand Springs firefighter Donny McMasters walks through the tornado-damaged River Oaks Estate mobile home park in Sand Springs, Okla.,, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for 25 Oklahoma counties after powerful storms rumbled across the state Wednesday evening and produced tornadoes and flat-line winds that led to one death, numerous injuries and widespread damage. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Tornadoes Hit Oklahoma, Arkansas; 1 Dead, Several Injured

    TULSA, Okla. — The first batch of severe weather in this year’s tornado season devastated an Oklahoma mobile home park, as storms across the area... Read more

  • A crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. on  June 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Lawmakers Unhappy With New Fracking Rules

    WASHINGTON —Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration’s new regulations requiring companies that... Read more

  • A California Highway Patrol car and other law enforcement vehicles set up a roadblock near Placer High School leading to a rural area where authorities are searching for an assailant, in Auburn, Calif.,  who shot three sheriff's deputies in two Northern California Counties, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.  Deputies were searching a canyon in the Sierra Nevada foothills for an armed man suspected in the shooting of a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy and two Placer County Deputies and a bystander in an attempt to carjack a vehicle.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Lawyer Disputes Police’s Hoax Claim in California Kidnapping

    VALLEJO, Calif.—A lawyer disputes police claims that the kidnapping of a California woman was a hoax and says her boyfriend was bound and drugged during... Read more

  • A fighter from ISIS takes position in a destroyed in Damascus, Syria, on Sept. 22, 2014. (RAMI AL-SAYED/AFP/Getty Images)

    Suburban Chicago Cousins Arrested in ISIS Case

    CHICAGO—A member of the Illinois Army National Guard and his suburban Chicago cousin have been arrested on charges of conspiring to provide material support to... Read more

  • Deasia Watkins appears in Hamilton County Municipal Court on March 20, 2015 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Henry Molski/)

    Ohio Mom Pleads Not Guilty to Decapitating Her Baby Daughter

    CINCINNATI—A woman accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of aggravated murder. Deasia Watkins, 20, was arraigned on the... Read more

  • In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

    Bergdahl Charged Despite Torture, Attempts to Escape Taliban

    RALEIGH, N.C.  — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with... Read more

  • Attorney General Eric Holder, center, at a press conference held at the Department of Justice on Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Attorney General Holder Wants Felons to Have the Right to Vote

    Unlikely allies joined together for a common cause Thursday: from the staunch conservative and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to the Democrat U.S. Sen. Cory... Read more

  • An F-15 fighter plane (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Weapons and Planes Worth Billions Are Now Bombing Yemen

    Yemen’s civil war is getting out of hand, and Arab states, along with a few other countries, decided they need to do something. Countries with the... Read more

  • Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, top left, sits with his defense attorney Charles Rankin, left, as surveillance video from June 17, 2013 is displayed on at monitor during his murder trial, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

    Bomb Threat Temporarily Halts Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial

    FALL RIVER, Mass.—A bomb threat called in to the courthouse where the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is being held... Read more

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to members of the media during his weekly news Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    House Passes Medicare Doctor Payment Protection; Bill Headed to Senate

    WASHINGTON—In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving lawmakers closer to resolving a problem that... Read more

  • FILE - In this Monday, June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they wave the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups said Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo, File)

    Hasan and Jonas Edmonds: National Guard Member Plotted ISIS Attack

    Hasan Edmonds and Jonas Edmonds, both American citizens from Illinois, were arrested Thursday for attempting to carry out an attack for ISIS, U.S. officials said. According... Read more

  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence makes a comment as Scott County Sheriff Don McClain listens during a meeting that Pence held with local officials in Scott County to discuss an HIV outbreak in the area, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Scottsburg, Ind. Pence is preparing to declare a public health emergency in the southern Indiana county where 72 cases of HIV have been confirmed. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Indiana Considers Needle Exchange Program to Stem HIV Outbreak

    INDIANAPOLIS—Faced with a growing HIV outbreak tied to intravenous drug use, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he’s considering a needle-exchange program as part of... Read more


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