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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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Feds praise verdict against bin Laden son-in-law

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:34
NEW YORK (AP) -- Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was convicted Wednesday for his role as al-Qaida's fiery chief spokesman after 9/11 - a verdict prosecutors said vindicated the Obama administration's strategy of bringing terror suspects to justice in civilian court....
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House Dems try to force vote on immigration

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:28
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats deployed a little-used legislative move Wednesday to force a vote on a comprehensive immigration bill, an effort doomed to fail but designed to increase the election-year pressure on Republicans to act....
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Poll: Ukraine crisis hurting Obama at home

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:46
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign policy used to stand out as a not-so-bleak spot in the public's waning assessment of Barack Obama. Not anymore. He's getting low marks for handling Russia's swoop into Ukraine, and more Americans than ever disapprove of the way Obama is doing his job, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll....
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Congress on track to pass Ukraine aid bill

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:29
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House and Senate worked Wednesday to quickly resolve their differences and send the White House a bill to sanction Russia and aid Ukraine to show U.S. displeasure with President Vladimir Putin's military incursion into Crimea....
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Worker says Houston fire left him no time to spare

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:17
HOUSTON (AP) -- A Houston construction worker whose harrowing rescue from a burning building was caught on video says he knew he had to act quickly when he realized he was trapped on a fifth-floor balcony....
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Newfound pink world lurks at solar system fringes

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:11
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7 1/2 billion miles from the sun....
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Report: NY schools are most racially segregated

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:51
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday....
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Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:16
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law, allowing the administration to boost sign-ups and the political fortunes of Democrats under attack over the program's troubles....
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Kerry to meet with Palestinian leader in Jordan

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:36
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jordan on Wednesday in hopes of jump-starting foundering Mideast peace talks. But Arab leaders the same day released a communique saying they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state, a key requirement for Israel....
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