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House approves bill to stop cut to Medicare docs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to give doctors a yearlong reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare overcame turbulence in the House on Thursday and appears on track to clear the Senate next week, possibly just hours before a Monday midnight deadline.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014

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US autism estimate rises to 1 in 68 children

NEW YORK (AP) — The government's estimate of autism has moved up again to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent increase in two years.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014

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Democrats in California capital reel from scandal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday's arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee's opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a "corrupt institution."

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014

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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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