The funeral procession for Boston firefighter Michael R. Kennedy proceeds through saluting firefighters as it arrives at Holy Name Church in Boston, Thursday, April 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Blaze that killed 2 firefighters blamed on welding

Sparks sprayed by welders working on an iron railing caused the fire that tore through a Boston brownstone, killing two firefighters and injuring 13 other people, officials said Friday.…
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Box office preview

Marvel super-heroes return to the big screen in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" this weekend.…

Sunflower Cluster of Dog Shows

Sunflower Cluster of Dog Shows is April 3rd-7th, 2014 at the Kansas Pavilions in Valley Center, KS and includes 5 Days of all-breed and specialty shows!…
Darryl Hamilton walks away from his minivan stuck in floodwater in St. Louis on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson) (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, )

Hail, rain pummel several Midwest, Southern states

Thunderstorms were crawling across a large swath of the Midwest and South on Thursday, spawning suspected tornadoes in Missouri and Texas, and slamming several states with large hail and heavy rain that prompted a handful of water rescues.…
FILE - In this June 23, 2006 file photo, Uncle Bubba's Oyster House chef and owner Bubba Hiers, who is also Paula Deen's brother, grills oysters at the Savannah, Ga. restaurant.   (AP Photo/Stephen Morton, File)

Reports: Paula Deen restaurant closes

A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.…
Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce of Nickerson addresses fellow Republicans before a Senate debate on a school funding plan, Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Watching to his right is Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kan. Senate passes expanded school funding plan

The Kansas Senate approved a Republican education funding plan early Friday after expanding it to include a measure blocking public schools from using multistate reading and math standards.…