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Fed is expected to further trim bond purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is expected Wednesday to further reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy even though that prospect has unsettled global financial markets.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014

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Group aims to improve food at Pa. corner stores

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — From the outside, Carmen Medina's convenience store appears to be an oasis in the food desert of gritty north Philadelphia, from its bright yellow-and-white striped awnings to the fake palm tree sculptures on the sidewalk.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014

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National Guard aims to reach stranded school buses

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the National Guard is sending military Humvees onto Atlanta's winter weather-snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014

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States consider reviving old-fashioned executions

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014

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Gassy German cows blamed for barn explosion

BERLIN (AP) — A herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014

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'Long-term unemployment' _ one mom's story

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Down the road from an emergency food pantry where a small crowd waits for the chance to gather free groceries, there is a church sign that reads: "If you need help, ask God. If you don't, thank God."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014

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Toddlers love selfies: Parenting in an iPhone age

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every so often, Brandi Koskie finds dozens of photos of her 3-year-old daughter, Paisley, on her iPhone — but they aren't ones Koskie has taken.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014

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Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he's raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to Democrats' hopes for gains in Congress.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014

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