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  • Building goes up in flames moments after bride and groom say 'I do'

    At first, justice of the peace thought smoke was from a fog machine

    Kiss the bride, but make it snappy.

    Immediately after a man and woman exchanged their vows at a Boston-area wedding on Saturday, the couple — along with everyone in the building — had to rush for the exits to escape the beginnings of what would turn out to be a three-alarm fire.

    Jerry Cibley, the justice of the peace who was performing the wedding, spoke to CBS Boston about the fire.

    “I just finished pronouncing the young couple husband and wife when we started the recessional, walked out followed by the groom's people and bridesmaids, then we looked up, and I thought it was fog from a fog machine. It was kind of nice and then I took a closer look and there was a smell to it that didn’t smell like a fog machine."

    No one was injured in the blaze, though the popular Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, Mass., will have to be demolished, according to reports. Investigators believe the fire started when someone tossed a still lit cigarette onto some mulch that then ignited nearby vinyl siding,

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  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to fund community college tuition appears headed toward approval. (AP)

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed that his state use lottery funds to provide high school graduates with two free years of education at community or technical colleges.

    First announced in February, the proposal now appears to be on track for approval, having won support from several of Haslem’s Republican colleagues in the state's General Assembly.

    Called “Tennessee Promise,” Haslam’s plan would allow high school graduates to attend an in-state technical or community college without having to pay any tuition or associated fees. The funds would come from a newly created endowment using money from the lottery’s reserves.

    It’s estimated that the plan would cost about $34 million each year.

    The state currently has about 80,000 community college students, evenly divided between full-time and part-time students, according to the American Association of Community Colleges.

    “As we encourage more Tennesseans to continue their education, we know we have to remove as many barriers as

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  • Grumpy Cat celebrates 2 years of being in a bad mood

    Frowning feline goes high fashion at Vogue

    Her real name is Tardar Sauce, but most folks know her by her stage name: Grumpy Cat. The frowning feline turned 2 years old Friday and celebrated the occasion with a visit to Vogue magazine in New York.

    While Grumpy isn't known for smiling for the camera, she exhibited a tremendous amount of patience, posing for photo after photo with delighted staffers at the high style magazine.

    The burgeoning mogul (she has an agent) also paid a visit to the Wall Street Journal to help promote her new partnership with Friskies (catnip ain't cheap, folks). There, Grumpy's caretakers explained that the cat's unique look is due to a combination of feline dwarfism and a wicked underbite. Grumpy had no comment.

    Grumpy was "discovered" after one of her caretakers put a photo of her in foul mood on Reddit in 2012. The image was a huge hit and inspired countless memes. Unlike other Web celebs, interest in Grumpy Cat isn't waning. Not that she'd really care if it did.

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  • Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing
    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    Binangonan (Philippines) (AFP) - On a small rock wall a short drive from the Philippine capital, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved. The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation's oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanisation, vandals and the ravages of nature are growing threats. The artworks have been declared a national treasure, regarded as the best proof that relatively sophisticated societies existed in the Philippines in the Stone Age. "They show that in ancient times, the Philippines did have a complex culture.

  • Mob in Dominican Republic lynches Haitian father

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Police in the Dominican Republic say a Haitian man has died after being attacked by a mob for allegedly stabbing his 4-month-old daughter.

  • Japan expands army footprint for first time in 40 years, risks angering China

    By Nobuhiro Kubo YONAGUNI, Japan (Reuters) - Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to other islands in the seas southwest of Japan's main islands. "I want to build an operation able to properly defend islands that are part of Japan's territory." The military radar station on Yonaguni, part of a longstanding plan to improve defense and surveillance, gives Japan a lookout just 150 km (93 miles) from the Japanese-held islands claimed by China.

  • Inside ‘The Bunker’ Security Command for Boston Marathon
    Inside ‘The Bunker’ Security Command for Boston Marathon

    Windowless, Cold War-Era Underground Facility Will Be Security Hub for Monday’s Marathon

  • GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House
    GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday.

  • In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream
    In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

    DENVER (AP) — Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

  • Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel
    Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel

    Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Palestinian negotiators have warned they may pass responsiblity for their territory back to occupying power Israel if peace talks remain stalled, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday. The official said the Palestinians told US peace envoy Martin Indyk on Friday that unless Israel releases Palestinian prisoners as agreed and freezes settlement building, they could dismantle the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) of president Mahmud Abbas.

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