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Obama budget to drop budget cost-of-living trims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama's upcoming budget proposal will not include his past offer to accept lowered cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefit programs. Those had been a central component of his long-term debt-reduction strategy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Tearful Korean reunions begin; first since 2010

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The first reunions of North and South Koreans in more than three years came too late for 90-year-old Seo Jeong-suk. She died in South Korea just 15 days ago.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Stocks rise as US manufacturing expands

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Thursday after a survey showed that U.S. manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace in almost four years. The report helped offset a weak survey on Chinese manufacturing.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Medic: 70 protesters killed, 500 wounded in Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines Thursday in Ukraine's embattled capital. Government snipers shot back, killing at least 70 people and wounding hundreds of others, according to a protest doctor.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Mexico condemns shooting by US border agent

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Mexican government on Thursday condemned a U.S. Border Patrol agent's fatal shooting of a Mexican man who allegedly struck the agent in the head with a rock near the U.S-Mexico border in California.

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Report: US drone may have killed dozen civilians

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military drone strike in Yemen last December may have killed up to a dozen civilians on their way to a wedding and injured others, including the bride, a human rights group says. U.S. officials say only members of al-Qaida were killed, but they have refused to make public the details of two U.S. investigations into the incident.

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Roadside survey of impaired driving causes outcry

READING, Pa. (AP) — Orange cones and flashing police lights confronted Ricardo Nieves as he rounded a bend on the way to his mother's house. Before he knew what was going on, Nieves said, a man working for a government contractor stepped in front of his car and forced him to turn into a parking lot. There, a woman repeatedly tried to question him about his driving habits and asked for a mouth swab that would detect the presence of illegal or prescription drugs in his system.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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US applications for jobless benefits drop to 336k

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell a slight 3,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, a sign that layoffs remain low.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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