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DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig says deputies did nothing wrong in the three inmate deaths at the county jail since January.

MCEWEN, Tenn. — The deadly explosion at a McEwen ammunition plant was accidental, according to a preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

NASHVILLE — A Nashville woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding the Veterans Administration of more than $364,000.

DENVER — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.

DWORP, Belgium — The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone.

BOSTON — With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's greatest races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.

PERTH, Australia — He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the modern world has ever known: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution.

HARTFORD, Conn. — A woman who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children, according to a police report.

ROME — Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.

NEW YORK — Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night.

MARIETTA, Ga. — A Georgia man who was found guilty but mentally ill after prosecutors say he threatened to kill and eat a judge’s children has been sentenced to prison.

If plants could squeal like hungry pigs, we gardeners would pay more attention to their fertilizer needs.

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew members were also arrested, a prosecutor said.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more.

JONESBORO, Ga. — A jury acquitted a daycare center owner and her daughter of murder charges Friday, but it convicted them of lesser charges in the death of a 2-year-old child who was left in van on a hot day.

NEW YORK — Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night.

NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A Massachusetts teacher who was told she could lose her job for failing to report that a student threw a chair at her won't be punished, school administrators said.

LOS ANGELES — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear.

ST. LOUIS — A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

NASHVILLE — Opponents of a Tennessee bill that would punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics say it will have the unintended consequence of hurting the very people it's supposed to protect: the babies.

KNOXVILLE — A Tennessee woman says she made a grisly discovery while hunting for Easter eggs in her back yard with her 3-year-old son: a dead body.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Savannah woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her newborn son, whose body was found in the back of a garbage truck.

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in six West Tennessee counties are reporting the arrest of 61 people on various charges during a gang sweep.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis police say an officer has been charged with sexual battery after an encounter with a woman at a traffic stop.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life — and then died doing it, becoming a central character in the gripping hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Court records show that circuit judges in Rutherford County have recused themselves from hearing a lawsuit over a mosque cemetery.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's unemployment rate is rising.

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — A Talladega County man has pleaded guilty in his mother's 2011 shooting death.

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters say high winds and heavy rains are expected across much of Georgia.

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who was found guilty but mentally ill after prosecutors say he threatened to kill and eat a judge's children has been sentenced to prison.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A special investigative team of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into an explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant that killed one person and injured three others.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee arts organizations are receiving more than $995,000 in the National Endowment for the Arts' latest round of giving.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A cemetery owner charged with mishandling burials has lost his appeal of a judge's decision to revoke his bond.

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them.

NEW YORK (AP) — Near the end of the first half of Thursday's 25th Anniversary Rain Forest benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, chairwoman Trudie Styler introduced a man that recently found out he was going to be a grandfather, and out came former President Bill Clinton.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

Here is your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread.

PERTH, Australia — Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.

PARIS — Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.

DAKAR, Senegal — The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives.

PHILADELPHIA — A.J. Burnett's injury helped him improve his pitching.

ATLANTA — Atlanta airport officials say they're studying the idea of building a hotel either inside or connected to the domestic terminal.

KATMANDU, Nepal — Officials say about five climbers are feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest and hit a route used to assent the world's highest peak.

CHICAGO — Former inmate Walter Unbehaun has gotten what he said he wanted when he robbed a suburban Chicago bank last year. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison.

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