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Democrats seek relief from health law penalties

WASHINGTON (AP) — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015

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Hackers' $1 billion bank theft may still impact consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hacker gang that looted as much as $1 billion worldwide from banks was unusual: It stole directly from the banks, instead of ripping off their customers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015

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'It's My Party' singer-songwriter Lesley Gore dies at 68

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015

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Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in South Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015

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Water, air quality concerns heighten conflict with pig farms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may be harmful to respiratory health.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015

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Congressional Democrats seek to step up fracking oversight

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on a congressional oversight panel are stepping up their investigation into how well states are regulating the disposal of oil and gas waste, citing continuing public concern about the potential environmental and health risks of hydraulic fracturing.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015

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Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015

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Source: Slain suspect in Copenhagen attacks just out of jail

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The slain gunman behind two deadly shooting attacks in Copenhagen was released from jail just two weeks ago and might have become radicalized there last summer, a source close to the Danish terror investigation told The Associated Press on Monday.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015

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