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DJs' April Fools' prank leads to small-scale panic

Two morning show radio hosts received indefinite suspension by talking about fancy words for water.<p>BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — A pair of longtime disc jockeys have gotten in hot water for their annual April Fools' Day joke.<p>The problem: They joked about water quality, saying "dihydrogen monoxide" was …

Man held for 42 years in deadly Arizona hotel fire freed from prison

An Arizona man who has maintained for 42 years that he had nothing to do with a horrific hotel fire that killed more than two dozen people pleaded no contest Tuesday in a deal that set aside his original conviction and freed him from prison.<p>"Welcome back, Mr. Taylor," Tucson Superior Court Judge …

Ex-firefighter, girlfriend charged in Va. arsons

ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) — A former volunteer firefighter and his girlfriend were arrested Tuesday and are suspected of setting a majority of the 70 arsons on Virginia's Eastern Shore over the past five months.<p>Virginia State Police say 40-year-old Tonya S. Bundick and 38-year-old Charles R. Smith III were …

Why Kraft Is Fighting To Keep Yellow Dye In Its Macaroni And Cheese

The bloggers, Lisa Leake and Vani Hari, point out that the artificial dyes — Yellow Dye 5 and Yellow Dye 6 — require a warning label in some other countries.<p>"These unnecessary — yet potentially harmful — dyes are not in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in other countries, including the UK, because they …

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Japan's Great Economic Experiment Starts In Just A Few Hours — Here's What You Need To Know

Wednesday night, the Bank of Japan will conclude its first monetary policy meeting with new BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda at the helm.<p>So far, Japan's great "Abenomics" experiment - which seeks to employ bold policy tools to overcome more than a decade of deflation - has been mostly talk.<p>Now, the …

Almost 20% of teen births are not a first child

Nearly one in five births to U.S. teens ages 15-19 is not a first child, says a federal report out today.<p>Of the 365,000 teens who gave birth in 2010, almost 67,000 (18.3%) have had at least one child before, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's down …

MBA-turned-village chief takes on India's bureaucracy

In the village of Soda, as in tens of thousands of villages across India, there is a problem: Only a third of households have toilets or access to a latrine. People walk out to surrounding fields to relieve themselves, which is a particular problem for women, who according to rules of modesty can …

Gun applications by Indian women double since Delhi rape case

Indian police have reported an upsurge in the number of women applying for gun licences since the gang rape and murder of a Delhi student last December.<p>Police said most of the applicants are professional women who may feel more vulnerable since the attack on the 23 year old physiotherapy student as …

Michigan woman now the oldest person in U.S.

Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Mich., was born May 23, 1899.<p>DETROIT -- Jeralean Talley is set in her ways. It happens after living 113 years.<p>Every morning, she drinks black coffee with a little sugar. Talley doesn't eat cheese because she doesn't like it and lives by the motto: Treat others the way …

Connecticut unveils tough new limits on guns

More than three months after the wrenching elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut's lawmakers are set to enact sweeping gun-control proposals that are being hailed by some as the toughest in the nation.<p><b>The highlights of the legislation include:</b><p>a sales ban of high-capacity ammunition …