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For divided Congress, water projects are a unifier

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of political pork, are back in vogue as a rare force of concord in a dysfunctional Congress.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013

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Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill

HONOLULU (AP) — Rounding out a tough and frustrating year, President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, as the president and Congress began pivoting to the midterm election year ahead.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013

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Iran says it is developing new centrifuges

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief said the country is building a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment but that they need further tests before they can be mass produced, apparently trying to counter hard-liner criticism of its nuclear deal with word powers.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013

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Utility linemen brave cold, ice to restore power

DETROIT (AP) — When an ice storm glazed over Michigan last weekend, Tony Carone feared he wouldn't be spending Christmas at home with his family.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013

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Average US 30-year mortgage rises to 4.48 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages crept higher this week but remained low by historical standards.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013

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Cards, gifts sent to Newtown after rampage saved

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of cards, letters, stuffed animals and children's artwork from around the world flooded into Newtown in the days and weeks after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013

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Weekly US jobless claims drop 42K to 338K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 42,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 338,000, the biggest drop since November 2012. But economists say the figures from late November and December are warped by seasonal volatility around the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013

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Hand, face transplants regulated like other organs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure, your liver or kidney could save someone's life. But would you donate your hands, or your face? Signing up to become an organ donor may get more complicated than checking a box on your driver's license.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013

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