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Massive damage but no deaths in blast at central Florida propane plant

Equipment failure and human error likely caused propane tank cylinders to explode at a central Florida refilling plant late Monday, a fire official said Tuesday.

Pope's remarks on gays: A shift in tone, not substance

Reaction to Pope Francis' comments about not judging gays has broken along two lines: Either this is a groundbreaking reversal by the head of the Catholic Church, or it's basically just a guy talking on a plane.

NYC Poll: Majority say Weiner should call it quits

It's time to drop out. That's the message to Anthony Weiner from a majority of New York City Democrats likely to vote in September's mayoral primary, according to a new poll.

Arkansas girl battles brain-eating amoeba

A 12-year-old girl in Arkansas is in critical condition after being infected by a rare but deadly brain-eating parasite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Boeing asks airlines worldwide to inspect aircraft

As part of Boeing's ongoing efforts to resolve Dreamliner problems, the passenger jet maker has put out a request that airlines inspect an emergency beacon used to find aircraft in the event of a crash.

Diaper needs put stress on moms

For many new moms, the first few years of childhood are a sea of stress. "Is my child eating enough?" "When will my child sleep through the night?" "Should I be doing this differently?"

Pope Francis' revealing news conference

In a wide-ranging news conference with journalists while traveling back to Italy, Pope Francis addressed nearly every hot-button issue facing the Roman Catholic Church -- its alleged "gay lobby," Vatican bank corruption, the role of w

Should there be choking warning labels on food?

Choking is a leading cause of injury in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, especially those four years and younger.

Stocks: All eyes on jobs

The state of the job market will be front and center this week, but a smattering of other U.S. economic data and corporate earnings will also be in play.

McCain honors passing of cellmate from Vietnam War

Retired Col. George "Bud" Day was the "bravest man I ever knew," Sen. John McCain said Sunday of the war hero with whom he shared a cell as a prisoner in North Vietnam.