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Report highlights child labor on US tobacco farms

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An international rights group is pushing the federal government and the tobacco industry to take further steps to protect children working on U.S. tobacco farms.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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Bill to renew tax breaks clears hurdle in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to renew more than 50 expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals cleared a key hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, giving hope to millions of taxpayers who would otherwise be hit with unwelcome tax increases next spring.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads, bridges

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's roads, bridges and ports are falling apart, and the federal government is running out of money to fix them. So President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling bridge outside New York City to try to pressure Congress into giving the nation's infrastructure an infusion of cash.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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201 dead, many trapped in Turkish coal mine

SOMA, Turkey (AP) — Rescuers desperately raced against time to reach more than 200 miners trapped underground Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey killed at least 201 workers, authorities said, in one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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Sallie Mae, Justice Department in $60M settlement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Student lender Sallie Mae has reached a $60 million settlement with the Justice Department to resolve allegations that it charged members of the military excessive interest rates on their student loans, the federal government announced Tuesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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A look at allegations of cover-ups at VA hospitals

PHOENIX (AP) — A team of federal investigators swept into Phoenix last month amid allegations of a disturbing cover-up at the veterans hospital.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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Judge expresses concerns over Casey Kasem's safety

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality's wife said the former "Top 40" host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children's knowledge.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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Man rams truck into TV station, police make arrest

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A man claiming to be God rammed a truck through the front of a Baltimore-area television station Tuesday, leaving a gaping hole as reporters and other staff fled the building.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014

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