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US stocks gain; Dollar General jumps after bid

NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding battle erupted for a discount retailer. Dollar General jumped after it made a bid for a rival discount retailer Family Dollar. Airlines were among the big gainers as the price of oil slumped.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014

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Bourbon production reaches high point since '70s

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014

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Peek into brain shows how kids learn math skills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014

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Groups claim insurance discrimination in new forms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014

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Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014

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US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014

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Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has indicted Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat — a case the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is dismissing as nakedly political, but which his opponents say is just deserts.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014

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Charges: Couple took, intended to hurt Amish girls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A northern New York couple has been arraigned on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014

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