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Blast on site of explosives plants kills 1

Blast at explosive plantAn explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where several ammunition and explosives businesses are based killed one person and left three others injured.

Rescue workers were called Wednesday afternoon to a blast at the plant in McEwen, about 55 miles west of Nashville.

The property where the plant is based is home to several businesses that have federal licenses for ammunition or explosives, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Michael Knight said. Knight said it was unclear which plant was involved, and he said agents were still trying to determine exactly what happened.

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Detroit makes deal with retired cops, firefighter

adetroit pension dealThe city of Detroit reached a deal with a group of retired police officers and firefighters that would protect pensions but trim annual cost-of-living payments — the first major agreement with retirees in the bankruptcy case, mediators announced Tuesday.

The city retreated from an earlier proposed 6 percent cut in pensions and the elimination of the 2.25 percent cost-of-living payment. Leaders of the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association, which has more than 6,000 members, endorsed the deal along with creation of a health plan.

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Bomb Squad Detonates Bags Left Near Boston Marathon Finish Line

Bpmb squad detonates two bags at finish line in BostonBoylston Street was evacuated Tuesday night after two bags were left at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Both bags were detonated by the Bomb Squad.  At least one of the bags was being carried by a barefoot man who was wearing a long black veil and screaming “Boston Strong.”

A source tells WBZ-TV that when the suspect was stopped by police, he told them he had a rice cooker in his bag. That is when the Bomb Squad was called to the scene.

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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton disbands unit responsible for spying on Muslim communities

NYPDThe NYPD has disbanded a controversial unit that spied on Muslim communities, the department’s top spokesman, Stephen Davis, said late Tuesday.

“In January, they started taking a review of it along the line of reviewing everything else that the department does,” Davis said, confirming a report in the New York Times.

The review found that a lot of the information developed by the unit “probably could have been just as readily obtained through other community outreach programs, precinct level, community level,” he said.

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Your Tax Refund Is Safe: Social Security Will Stop Seizing Refunds to Collect Old Debt

social security old debtThe Social Security Administration plans to stop intercepting tax refunds in order to settle debts more than 10 years old. It had been seizing state and federal tax funds from about 400,000 Americans whose relatives owed it money

The Social Security Administration plans to stop collecting taxpayer debt older than 10 years old, the Washington Post reports. The federal government has been reportedly seizing state and federal tax funds from about 400,000 Americans whose relatives owed money to Social Security.

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Boston remembers marathon bombing one year later

Boston Marathon anniversaryBoston is preparing for memorial services and tributes to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on the one-year anniversary of the attack.

On April 15, 2013 two pressure cooker bombs exploded at 2:49 p.m. killing 3 and injuring 264 people 4 hours and 9 minutes into the Boston Marathon.

One million spectators are expected to be at the Boston Marathon next week -- twice the usual number of people who come to watch -- and that will only be part of a week-long tribute to remember those in the marathon last year.

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The Killer Klansman’s Missing Years as a Federal Informant

KC Killer KlansmanA quarter-century before he was charged with Sunday’s three hate murders outside Kansas City, Frazier Glenn Miller figured prominently in a triple hate homicide in North Carolina.

People intimately familiar with the earlier case say Miller, founder of a Ku Klux Klan chapter and a white political party, should have been a prime suspect in those killings, as well.

Instead Miller became a star witness in both that murder trial and in a sedition case against 13 fellow white supremacists.

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