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AP sources: Panel proposes ban on air shipments of batteries

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.N. panel recommended that cargo shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries be banned from passenger airliners because the batteries can create fires capable of destroying planes, said aviation officials familiar with the decision.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016

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Fed keeps rates unchanged, will monitor global pressures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is pledging to closely monitor developments in the global economy and financial markets, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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No injuries as fire closes New Orleans' historic Canal St.

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A stubborn six-alarm fire blanketed part of downtown New Orleans in eye-stinging smoke early Wednesday and forced the closure of historic Canal Street between the city's central business district and the French Quarter.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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Italian gay rights debate prompts rethink of sacred family

 

ROME (AP) — In Italy, family is considered so sacred that marriage is lauded in the Constitution. But what kind of family?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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Federal pain panel rife with links to pharma companies

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a third of the members on a government panel that made headlines by calling an effort to curb overprescribing of OxyContin and other painkillers "horrible," have drug-industry ties.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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New lawsuit seeks replacement of Flint's lead pipes

 

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Environmental and civil rights groups want a federal judge to order the prompt replacement of all lead pipes in Flint's water system to ensure that residents have a safe drinking supply, a demand that Gov. Rick Snyder said on Wednesday might be a long-term option but not an immediate one.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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Brazil: 270 of 4,120 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed

 

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Health Ministry said Wednesday that in recent months it has recorded 4,120 suspected cases of a rare brain defect in babies that officials fear may be linked to the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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Obama to seek $12B from Congress for child nutrition

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer, the White House said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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