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Biting spiders force UK school closure

LONDON (AP) — Creepy crawlies, in the form of a venomous spider infestation, has forced a school in Britain to close a week before Halloween.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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Stock drop on mixed earnings; Caterpillar sinks

NEW YORK (AP) — Mixed earnings reports pushed the Standard& Poor's 500 index from a record on Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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Obama calls trusted fixer to help health care site

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a federal program that promised cash rebates to people who traded in their clunkers for more fuel-efficient vehicles was overrun by demand, President Barack Obama assigned Jeffrey Zients, his deputy budget director, to help eliminate the backlog.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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Nuclear officers napped with blast door left open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to long-range nuclear missiles have been caught twice this year leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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Raymond weakens to tropical storm near Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Raymond weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Wednesday and began moving away from Mexico's Pacific coast, granting relief to a region devastated by storms last month.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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Docs: Dead marathon suspect tied to 2011 killings

BOSTON (AP) — Slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was named as a participant in an earlier triple homicide by a man who was subsequently shot to death while being questioned by authorities, according to a filing made by federal prosecutors in the case against his brother, surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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Hundreds rally for Mo. teen in sex assault case

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A day after a Jackson County prosecutor was named to re-investigate a northwest Missouri teen sexual abuse case, a modest crowd of a few hundred people braved chilly conditions Tuesday night to show support for a girl whose story has drawn worldwide attention.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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FDA warns pet owners of dangerous jerky treats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is asking dog and cat owners to report any problems their pets have had after eating jerky pet treats.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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