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Firefighters search for survivors at a West, Texas, apartment building in April 2013. The breadth of destruction in West has raised questions about what, if any, new state laws should be passed to help prevent similar accidents in the future.

Some lawmakers say a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West last year could be the state's best opportunity to pass needed safety measures. But it's going to be an uphill battle.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, with from left, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., at a March 25 Capitol Hill news conference.

A high school French teacher who's challenging Speaker John Boehner has come up with a novel campaign approach: an ad spoofing virility drug commercials.

A Philadelphia Gas Works mechanic repairs an underground pipe.

The effort to replace thousands of miles of aging, corroded pipes — which could take decades and cost billions — is receiving fresh attention after an explosion last month in New York killed eight.

Journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald helped The Guardian win a Pulitzer Prize for public service along with The Washington Post Monday, for their stories based on NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden.

Months after lifting a veil of secrecy from the National Security Agency's surveillance operations, The Washington Post and The Guardian won a Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday.

A 2011 GAO report that sampled data from a handful of states suggests that patients got the denial overturned 39 to 59 percent of the time when they appealed directly to the insurer.

Obamacare set national rules for appealing a denied health claim — a process that used to vary by employer and state. Consumers should appeal more often, advocates say. Half the time, they'll win.

Nicole Yorksmith, left, holds her son while standing with her partner Pam Yorksmith. They were among four legally married couples who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to compel Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates.

A federal judge put a "stay" on his ruling, though, which apparently means his order only affects the four couples who sued to have their names put on their children's birth certificates.

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, who is accused of killing three people Sunday in Kansas City. He allegedly attacked them at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement facility.

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, was once a Ku Klux Klan grand dragon, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He allegedly shot and killed three people on Sunday.

Years of training helped save lives at last year's marathon, and it's an exemplary part of Boston history. The subsequent effort to capture the bombers leaves a legacy whose lessons are more complex.

What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.