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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota hospital apologized Wednesday for mishandling a stillborn baby whose body was found in hospital linens that had been sent to a laundry service. Regions Hospital officials said the body found in a sheet by a laundry service employee was that of a baby who was stillborn at 22 weeks development. In a statement, the hospital said the remains had been wrapped in linens in its morgue and were mistaken for laundry that was to be sent out for cleaning.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secret Service says it has intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama that contained a “suspicious substance.” Law enforcement officials also say a second letter sent to the U.S. Senate has been intercepted and is being tested for poisonous ricin. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the letter was intercepted at a facility away from the White House. He says the letter was received Tuesday.
BOSTON (AP) -- Authorities investigating the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon have recovered a piece of circuit board that they believe was part of one of the explosive devices, and also found the lid of a pressure cooker that apparently was catapulted onto the roof of a nearby building, an official said Wednesday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A standardized math test for about 15,000 students in Minnesota was disrupted by computer problems. The state Department of Education temporarily suspended online testing Tuesday when a computer server malfunctioned and some students were prevented from logging on to the system while others had to end their tests prematurely. The testing vendor, American Institutes for Research says system engineers pinpointed the cause of the problem. Company vice president Jon Cohen said that testing should be fine today when it resumes.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford must appear in court two days after running for a vacant congressional seat to answer a complaint that he trespassed at his ex-wife's home, according to court documents acquired by The Associated Press on Tuesday. The complaint says Jenny Sanford confronted Sanford leaving her Sullivans Island home on Feb. 3 by a rear door, using his cell phone for a flashlight. Her attorney filed the complaint the next day and Jenny Sanford confirmed Tuesday the documents are authentic.
Superman's 75th puts spotlight on Cleveland roots THOMAS J. SHEERAN,Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The tough, blue-collar roots of Superman's creators are getting a fresh look on the superhero's 75th anniversary. Creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster lived just a few blocks apart in the Cleveland neighborhood that shaped their teenage lives, their dreams and the imagery of the Man of Steel.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bipartisan effort to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the drive to curb gun violence. As the showdown draws near, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows ebbing public support for tightening gun control laws.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook has updated its iPhone and iPad applications to let people keep using its chat feature even when they are doing other things, such as reading friends' updates. Facebook Inc. also said Tuesday that it's bringing its "chat heads" feature to its Apple apps. It's called chat heads because friends' profile photos pop up when they send you a message. Chat heads is part of a broader integration that Facebook is doing with a new Home app on some phones running Google's Android operating system.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dish Network's combative chairman, Charlie Ergen, on Tuesday defended his $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel, saying the debt load the deal would create for the combined company will be manageable. "We will take on more leverage than we have today," Ergen said in an interview with the Associated Press. "But it's not excessive. In today's market, at today's rates, it's certainly not excessive leverage."
By Anne Jacobson Red Wing Republican-Eagle RED WING, Minn. -- A dead infant was found in hospital linens that had been delivered to Crothall Laundry on Tuesday morning, Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman confirmed Tuesday evening.