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Still unknown: How many died in massive Texas explosion

The neighborhood surrounding a Texas fertilizer plant that erupted in a thunderous explosion is gone, and the residents here know they’ve lost more than the buildings that went up in flames. Even as investigators were tight-lipped about the number of dead from the blast — authorities say more than 160 are injured but have not […]

Confusing maze of state gun laws hampers control efforts

Confusing maze of state gun laws hampers control efforts

There is a legal avenue to try to get any gun you want somewhere in the U.S., thanks to the maze of gun statutes across the country and the lack of certain federal laws. That undermines gun-control efforts in communities with tougher gun laws — and pushes advocates of tighter controls to seek a federal […]