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A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. A massive explosion at the fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin following a blast that damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

A person looks on as emergency workers fight a house fire after a nearby fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. A massive explosion at the fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday night injured dozens of people and sent flames shooting into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin following a blast that damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. MASSIVE BLAST AT TEXAS FERTILIZER PLANT: The explosion at a small town near Waco killed 5 to 15 people, injured more than 160 and could be heard for miles.

2. INVESTIGATORS HOPE IMAGE LEADS THEM TO BOMBING SUSPECT: Department store surveillance video captured a man dropping a bag near the site of the marathon bombings.

3. PRESIDENT HEADS TO BOSTON: Obama is attending an interfaith service after Monday's bombings killed three, wounded more than 170 and put the nation on edge.

4. WHAT RICIN LETTER SUSPECT WROTE ABOUT: The Mississippi man accused of mailing poison letters to the president and a U.S. senator wrote online about a government conspiracy to ruin his reputation.

5. GUN CONTROL DIES IN THE SENATE: Republicans lead a rejection of tighter background checks and other measures despite pleas from families of Newtown victims.

6. MUSHARRAF FLEES AFTER BAIL REVOKED: The former Pakistani military ruler pushed past policemen and fled court after he was ordered to jail on treason charges.

7. WOMAN IMPLICATES HUSBAND IN TEXAS SLAYINGS: She says the ex-judge fatally shot the local DA and two others he apparently blamed for the loss of his job.

8. THE DEBATE ABOUT MARATHON BOMBINGS AND TERRORISM: The AP's Jesse Washington writes that dictionaries define terror as the use of violence to pursue political goals, while the motive in the marathon bombings isn't known.

9. WHY SPAIN'S PRIZED HORSES ARE HEADED FOR SLAUGHTERHOUSE: Breeders of the "Pura Raza Espanola" horses featured in Hollywood epics are no longer able to pay for their upkeep because of hard economic times.

10. BOSTON CHEERS AS SPORTS RESUMES IN SHOCKED CITY: The Boston Bruins lost to the Sabres, but both teams hoisted their sticks after a slideshow of marathon scenes to a sellout crowd.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA

1. FLORIDA OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE LIONFISH HARVESTS: State wildlife officials want to permanently change rules that will make it easier to catch lionfish in Florida waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discussed the rule change Wednesday.

2. FLORIDA GAMBLING STUDY COMES UNDER FIRE: An anti-gambling group is criticizing the company chosen do a critical study on the future expansion of gambling in Florida. The Florida Legislature late last week signed a nearly $400,000 contract with New Jersey-based Spectrum Gaming Group. No Casinos Inc. questioned whether Spectrum would come up with an objective analysis given the company has done work for casino operators.

3. ANNA MARIA ISLAND TO GET $15 MILLION FOR FACELIFT: Manatee County officials say that more than $15 million has been secured for beach renourishment on Anna Maria Island. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this week more than $9 million is budgeted for Manatee's shore protection in addition to more than $6 million already set aside.

4. FEDS, STATES SETTLE FOR $25 MILLION IN AMGEN CASE: Biotechnology and drug firm Amgen has agreed to pay $24.9 million to resolve claims it illegally promoted its anemia drug to nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the settlement on Wednesday. Amgen had been accused of paying kickbacks and defrauding federal and state Medicaid programs.

5. FLORIDA MAN GUILTY OF $1.2 MILLION OIL SPILL CLAIMS FRAUD: A South Florida man is facing a potentially lengthy prison sentence after a jury convicted him of attempting to defraud the BP oil spill claims fund out of $1.2 million. A jury on Tuesday convicted 32-year-old Jean Mari Lindor of all counts, including wire and mail fraud, identity theft and filing of false tax returns.

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TODAY AND EVERY DAY: Click here for links to recent arrest reports and mug shots in Collier and Lee counties.

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