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$1 trillion student loan debt widens US wealth gap

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:35
Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage....
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AP PHOTOS: Popes meetings with US presidents

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:04
President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican on Thursday, holding a nearly hourlong audience with the pontiff. The president and pope both appeared tense at the start of the meeting, but they were all smiles by the end....
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Philippines and Muslim rebel group sign peace deal

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:34
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III....
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Taco Bell's ads star real-life Ronald McDonalds

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:17
NEW YORK (AP) -- Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu - Ronald McDonald....
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Big threat to Japan whaling: Declining appetites

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:29
TOKYO (AP) -- The greatest threat to Japan's whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but Japanese consumers. They've lost their appetite....
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Thai satellite spots 300 objects in Indian Ocean

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:45
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai satellite has detected about 300 objects floating in the Indian Ocean near the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, officials said Thursday....
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Charlotte mayor faces corruption charges, resigns

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:22
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Mayor Patrick Cannon was getting ready to close the deal with the big-time developer, but was reluctant to take a briefcase containing $20,000 while sitting in his city office....
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Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:30
As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history....
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Home demolitions turn Detroit into blank canvas

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:40
DETROIT (AP) -- The families of Detroit's Brightmoor area are delighted that the day is finally approaching when bulldozers will arrive to level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community's future will be like the cleared landscape - a blank canvas....
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Pacers use rally late to beat Heat 84-83

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:41
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana took every shot Miami could muster Wednesday night....
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Energy boom spurs growth west of the Mississippi

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:24
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's energy boom is fueling population growth west of the Mississippi River....
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Questions, answers about college union ruling

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:55
A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that Northwestern football players could unionize. Does that mean some players will be able to organize and get better health care and academic support? Or does it spell the end of college sports as we know it? The AP takes a look at all sides of the issue....
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Nebraska dog dials 911 on owner's smartphone

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:21
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) -- When emergency dispatchers in Nebraska's Sarpy County picked up a recent call, all they heard were the sounds of breathing and scratching....
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2 firefighters die in smoky Boston brownstone fire

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:33
BOSTON (AP) -- A fire driven by strong winds raced through a brownstone on Wednesday, trapping and killing two firefighters in the basement, where their colleagues could not rescue them....
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Analysis: Russia deeply linked to Obama priorities

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:06
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Even as he criticizes Vladimir Putin and imposes sanctions on Russia, President Barack Obama is struggling with the consequences of his own earlier quest for a fresh start between Washington and Moscow....
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Paltrow's 'conscious uncoupling' confounds many

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:05
NEW YORK (AP) -- Like any world unto itself, Hollywood has its own lexicon. But Gwyneth Paltrow's use of the term "conscious uncoupling" to describe her breakup with Chris Martin this week had even Hollywood veterans scratching their heads and reaching - metaphorically at least - for a dictionary....
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Train operator in Chicago crash had fallen asleep

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:14
CHICAGO (AP) -- The operator of a Chicago commuter train that crashed at O'Hare International Airport acknowledged she dozed off before the accident and had also done so last month when she overshot a station platform, a federal investigator said Wednesday....
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TSA wants police at checkpoints after LAX shooting

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:28
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours after a review of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport....
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TSA pushes nationwide changes to airport security

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:07
The Transportation Security Administration released a 25-page report to Congress on Wednesday that includes 14 recommendations to improve airport security after a nationwide review prompted by last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities say a gunman targeted TSA officers in his attack, which resulted in the agency's first line-of-duty death. Two other officers and a passenger were wounded....
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Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober: Study

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:52
CHICAGO (AP) -- A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found....
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