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Senate ready to send $1.1T spending bill to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drained of much of its vitriol over the budget, Congress is poised to adopt a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014

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Official: Egyptian voters have backed new charter

CAIRO (AP) — An overwhelming majority of Egyptians who voted on the country's new constitution have backed the draft charter, a senior Egyptian official said Thursday while an international monitoring group criticized the clampdown ahead of the vote and said authorities had imposed "severe limits" on freedom of expression.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014

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Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014

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House nears OK of government-wide $1.1T budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Party leaders pushed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year toward House passage on Wednesday, shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes with a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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Danish tourist gang-raped, Indian police say

NEW DELHI (AP) — A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel, police said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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US stocks rise on higher bank earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard and Poor's 500 index came within striking distance of its all-time closing high Wednesday as investors bid up stocks of financial and technology companies. Bank stocks rose sharply after Bank of America reported that its profit surged to $3.44 billion in the fourth quarter. Apple was up 2 percent.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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Heroin and pill abuse stir a battle cry in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Behind the facade of pristine ski slopes, craft beer, quaint village greens and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Vermont is grappling with painkiller and heroin abuse, a challenge leaders say is fueling crime and wrecking lives and families disproportionately in this tiny state.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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Student of New Mexico shooting: 'Blood everywhere'

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — It was supposed to be like any other day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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