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Locals survey the damage from massive gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Cleanup has begun after the blast that killed 26.
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Taiwan cleans up after blast

– Hundreds of people who fled from gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan’s second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267.

With cleanup work underway in the 1-square-mile area, investigators were turning to the task of determining the cause of the blasts, the industrial city’s worst such disaster in 16 years.

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40 to 65 hurt in Chinese blast

Chinese state media say an explosion at a workshop in an eastern Chinese city has killed between 40 and 65 people.

State broadcaster CCTV says in a brief report that the blast in Kunshan city this morning left 65 people dead.

The official Xinhua News Agency says it occurred at 7:37 a.m. at a car-polishing workshop of a metal products company.

Xinhua says more than 40 people have died and more than 120 people have been injured.

Rescue efforts continue as officials investigate the cause of the blast.

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Unlocking phones legal again

President Barack Obama has signed a bill making it legal once again to unlock a cellphone without permission from your wireless provider, so long as the service contract expired.

Copyright law prohibits circumventing digital locks on technological devices. But for several years, cellphones were granted an exemption by government copyright lawyers. But the federal copyright office let that exemption lapse in January 2013, infuriating consumer advocates who say phone owners should be able to do whatever they want with a device once a contract expires.

Cantor resigns from House seat

After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House months earlier than expected.

The congressman will step down Aug. 18 and has asked Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately, Cantor said in a statement.

Peanut plant tried in salmonella case

A federal prosecutor says a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak fabricated food safety lab results sent to customers, including food giant Kellogg’s.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Dasher told jurors Friday that Peanut Corp. of America officers and managers shipped chopped nuts and peanut paste without waiting for microbiological testing, sometimes faking lab certificates for customers requiring them.

Nine people died and more than 700 were sickened in the 2009 outbreak.

Rare fossil found in Calif. backyard

A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.

The 16- to 17-million-year-old fossil from a baleen whale is one of about 20 baleen fossils known to exist, said paleontologist Howell Thomas of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Found wallet teaches lesson

A single mother in Fargo, North Dakota, says she hoped to set an example for her 7-year-old daughter when she returned a wallet containing $1,000 that the two found while running errands.

Sadie Hill and her daughter, Adalee, found the wallet Monday in a parking lot. Hill said she works two jobs to make ends meet and could have used the money, but she knew the right thing to do.

“The only option was to return it,” she said.

Hill and her daughter found identification in the wallet and drove to J. Pat Wigginton’s home to return it. He gave them a $20 reward but later wished he’d done more.

“Such appreciation for their honesty, and I didn’t get their name,” he said. “The mom did such a great job showing her daughter this is the right thing to do.”

Wigginton was able to reconnect with them and has mailed Hill a $200 gift card.

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