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Minimum wage report puts Democrats on defensive

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report by Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts seems to have thrown Democrats onto the defensive after it concluded that the party's drive to boost the federal minimum wage could cost a half-million jobs by 2016.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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US, Europe considering sanctions on Kiev leaders

BRUSSELS (AP) — Following the deadly clashes in Ukraine's capital, the Obama administration and European governments are talking about imposing punitive sanctions, the Kremlin has blamed the West for stirring up trouble and the pope has issued a special appeal for peace. A roundup of Wednesday's international reactions:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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Finns give reindeer fluorescent antler makeovers

HELSINKI (AP) — Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover — the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou in the wilds of Finland.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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Toxins leaking from 2nd pipe at NC coal ash dump

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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Music death suspect compared self to rape victim

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida software designer accused of killing a black teenager during an argument over loud music compared himself to a rape victim, telling his fiancee in a recorded jailhouse phone call that the police were trying to blame him for the shooting when he was only defending himself.

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Noose tied on Ole Miss integration statue

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The FBI on Tuesday was helping investigate who tied a noose around the neck of a University of Mississippi statue of James Meredith, who, in 1962, became the first black student to enroll in the then all-white Southern college.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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Soldiers mugging around empty casket sparks furor

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin National Guard announced Tuesday that it had suspended a member from honor guard duties after she apparently posted to social media a photograph of soldiers mugging around an empty, flag-draped casket.

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Obama's N. American agenda hits congressional drag

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heads into a summit with Mexican and Canadian leaders eager to engage on issues of trade and other neighbor-to-neighbor interests even as Congress is placing a drag on some of his top cross-border agenda items.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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