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Scandal-Struck Christie To Meet With Sandy Victims

Wed, 2014-01-15 23:25

Gov. Chris Christie, eager to get on with business amid a scandal over traffic jams that appear to have been manufactured by his aides, is meeting with homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy. At the same time, the Legislature prepares to issue new subpoenas as part of its investigation.

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Extreme Heat Brings Australian Open To A Halt

Wed, 2014-01-15 23:19

The scorching weather finally brought play to a halt on the fourth day of the Australian Open when the temperature topped 109F. Some players had criticized officials for not stopping matches earlier.

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New Nuke Scandal: 34 Officers Accused Of Cheating

Wed, 2014-01-15 23:14

The Air Force has disclosed that 34 officers entrusted with the world's deadliest weapons have been removed from launch duty for allegedly cheating — or tolerating cheating by others — on routine proficiency tests.

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Pregnant Women Warned Against Drinking Water In W.Va. Area

Wed, 2014-01-15 17:58

The CDC says pregnant women should stick to bottled water until all traces of a coal-treatment chemical are gone from the local water supply.

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Rental Car Surprise: Comes With An AR-15 In The Back

Wed, 2014-01-15 17:09

A Florida vacation got off to an odd start for Judith Fleissig, 58, of Rochester, N.Y., when she and her daughter realized the car they'd rented had an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. More oddness followed: The gun was left there by the wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, police say.

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Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet To Head SBA

Wed, 2014-01-15 15:21

Born in Mexico, Contreras-Sweet was the first Latina to serve as a cabinet secretary in California when she led its Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999-2003.

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Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows

Wed, 2014-01-15 14:54

An anti-SeaWorld movement has unfolded online and on social media in the wake of the documentary about the death of an orca trainer at the park. Musical acts and schoolchildren have boycotted the theme park — but it's still drawing big crowds.

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IMF's Lagarde: Any U.S. Budget Deal Is Better Than None

Wed, 2014-01-15 14:28

"We are all very pleased to see an orderly budget process is back," the head of the International Monetary Fund says, as Congress works on spending legislation.

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German Farmers Fear For Europe's Bacon With U.S. Trade Deal

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:19

German farmers protested Wednesday against a free trade deal with the U.S. that could lift restrictions on American meat sold in Europe. The farmers say they are worried not just about poor quality meat but about unfair competition.

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House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:16

In a bipartisan compromise, lawmakers approved the 1,582-page spending bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit later this week.

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Senate Committee Lays Blame For Benghazi With State Department

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:02

The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a new bipartisan report on the 2012 Benghazi attack. The report finds that the attack was preventable. According to the committee, fault lies with the State Department for failing to provide adequate security or heed warnings about a deteriorating security situation. The committee claims that individuals associated with al-Qaida affiliates participated in the attack, but it stops short of saying the attack was pre-planned. The report also does not implicate the "core" al-Qaida leadership.

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Justices Appear Divided On Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the buffer zones that are often established around abortion clinics. In the courtroom, Chief Justice John Roberts' silence seemed to indicate that he likely will be the deciding vote in the case.

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Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

The push by Boeing to wring concessions from its unionized workers — including the loss of pensions — echoes what's happened at other big manufacturers and demonstrates the state of organized labor across the country.

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Fed Vice Chairman Nominee Taught Bernanke And Many Others

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

President Obama has nominated Stanley Fischer to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. Fischer trained outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, and he spent much of the last decade running Israel's central bank. If confirmed, Fischer would take over the position being vacated by Janet Yellen, who was recently confirmed as Bernanke's successor.

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Bangkok Protests Roil The Thai Economy

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

The prime minster of Thailand says she plans to go ahead with next month's elections, despite opposition protests that have blocked much of the center of Bangkok. The anti-government demonstrators want the current, caretaker prime minister to step down, to be replaced with an unelected "people's council". The political turmoil is also impacting the local economy.

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High Court Hears Arguments On Abortion Buffer Zones

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of the buffer zones that are often established around abortion clinics. Opponents of the zones claim that they violate the free speech rights of anti-abortion protestors.

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Even As Ban Lifts, Many Remain Wary Of Tap Water

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

Officials say that more than half of the households and businesses affected by last week's chemical spill in West Virginia now have access to safe tap water. But some residents in Charleston, where the ban has been lifted in most areas, are wary of using tap water and are still stopping by bottled water distribution sites.

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Reports Of Arrests And Torture Under Nigeria's Anti-Gay Law

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

Under a shroud of secrecy, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act on Jan. 7. In Nigeria, the law has become known by many as the "Jail the Gays" law. Melissa Block speaks with Michelle Faul, the Associated Press Chief Africa Correspondent, about the law's ramifications.

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Obama Unveils New Plans To Encourage Manufacturing Jobs

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

Touting a rebound in manufacturing jobs, President Obama announced a public-private partnership to expand that momentum. He unveiled a manufacturing innovation institute in North Carolina, the first of three similar hubs he proposed in last year's State of the Union address. Though factory jobs are being added, economists say it's highly unlikely that manufacturing can become a significant source of future employment.

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The Science Behind Flying In V Formation

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

The motivation for flying with other birds in V formation is probably to save energy, say researchers who tracked the pattern of wing flaps in an ibis flock. Each bird in the V catches a bit of lift from the bird ahead.

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