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Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Onetime economics professor and longtime nuclear strategist James R. Schlesinger was a political man for all seasons, holding a long string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three administrations. He was hired — and dismissed — by presidents of both parties.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014

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Christie cleared in his own probe, but others loom

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration said Thursday the governor was not involved in the plot to create traffic jams last fall, a conclusion that left the lead lawyer defending the integrity of his report, which came ahead of the results of separate and ongoing federal and legislative investigations.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014

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At core of nuke cheating ring: 4 'librarians'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators dubbed them "the librarians," four Air Force nuclear missile launch officers at the center of a still-unfolding scandal over cheating on proficiency tests.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014

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$1 trillion student loan debt widens US wealth gap

Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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Coast Guard: BP estimates Indiana refinery released 9 to 18 barrels of oil into Lake Michigan

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An initial assessment of a Lake Michigan oil spill shows that between nine and 18 barrels of crude oil entered the lake following a malfunction at oil giant BP's sprawling northwestern Indiana refinery, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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Autism may be tied to flawed prenatal brain growth

A small study that examined brains from children who died found abnormal patterns of cell growth in autistic children. The research bolsters evidence that something before birth might cause autism, at least in some cases.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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$270M chocolate plant proof of US's sweet tooth

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Americans aren't losing their taste for chocolate. Need proof? Look to Kansas, where candy giant Mars Inc. is operating its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of sweets every day.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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Obama, Francis find common ground, sharp divisions

VATICAN CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama and the Vatican gave distinctly different accounts of the president's audience with Pope Francis on Thursday, with Obama stressing their common ground on poverty and inequality but Vatican officials emphasizing sharp differences over Obama's health care law which mandates contraception coverage.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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