MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

Thousands Ready For Marathon
BOSTON (AP) - State and local officials are hoping for a safe but still enjoyable day for the 36,000 runners planning to participate in the Boston Marathon and the hundreds of thousands of spectators. One year after two homemade bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, the Boston Marathon returns to the streets for its 118th edition Monday.

Emergency Landing
PERTH, Australia (AP) - A Malaysia Airlines jetliner bound for India has been forced to make an emergency landing after one of its tires burst on takeoff. All 159 passengers and seven crew members arrived safely back in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, around 2 a.m. Monday, about four hours after the plane took off for Bangalore, India. Meanwhile, on Sunday, Malaysia's deputy foreign affairs minister met with the relatives of the passengers of the missing Flight 370 to talk about where to go next. They talked about financial assistance, and the minister says a fund could possibly be set up by the government or Malaysia Airlines.

Pump Prices Still Rising
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The average U.S. price of gasoline has jumped 9 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, bringing the total increase to 40 cents over 10 weeks. According to the Lundberg Survey released Sunday, the average for a gallon of regular is now $3.69. Midgrade averages $3.88 and premium is $4.02. Of cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, the lowest price, $3.29 a gallon, was in Salt Lake City. Los Angeles had the highest, at $4.26.

Union Members Support Gas Drilling
PITTSBURGH (AP) - After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale fracking boom. That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit drilling. The Laborers' International Union, or LIUNA, says that construction work its members do on large pipeline jobs in Pennsylvania and West Virginia increased significantly over the last five years. In 2008, LIUNA members worked about 400,000 hours on such jobs. By 2012, it had risen to 5.7 million hours. The group Penn Environment says there should be more investments in wind and solar power to give workers those kinds of jobs.

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