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Poverty, income levels drive minimum wage debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Give America a raise!" President Barack Obama implored Congress in his State of the Union address.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014

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No national system to track landslide hazards

SEATTLE (AP) — People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside could give way at any time.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014

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Low-cost Dominican surgeries spark warnings by US

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Beverly Brignoni was a young New Yorker seeking a less expensive way to enhance her appearance and she did what many other people are now doing: travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014

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Hourslong protest turns to 'mayhem' in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's mayor said that a more than 10-hour protest over recent police shootings turned from peaceful into "mayhem," as officers in riot gear clashed with hundreds of protesters who blocked traffic, tried to get on freeways and shouted anti-police slogans.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014

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GOP has a built-in advantage in fight for US House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even if Democrats recruit great candidates, raise gobs of money and run smart campaigns, they face an uphill fight to retake control of the House in this year's congressional elections, regardless of the political climate in November.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014

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Navy gunman once faced murder charge in NC

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The civilian truck driver the Navy says killed a sailor aboard a ship in Virginia once faced a murder charge in North Carolina but ended up pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was out of prison less than two years later, court records show.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 March 2014

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Putin, Obama discuss solution to Ukraine crisis

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis, while Ukraine's fugitive leader urged a nationwide referendum that would serve Moscow's purpose of turning its neighbor into a loosely knit federation.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 March 2014

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Officials losing hope of finding slide survivors

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials all but abandoned hope Friday of finding survivors under tons of twisted, sodden earth as a community waited in anguish to learn the full scope of what is already one of the most devastating landslides in U.S. history.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 March 2014

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