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Texting, dialing while driving raises crash risk

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014

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Health overhaul benefits take effect with new year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates?

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014

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Poll: Americans have little faith in government

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation's biggest problems, a new poll finds.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014

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Legal weed sales bring long lines to Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation's first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014

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James Avery of 'Fresh Prince' fame dead at 68

NEW YORK (AP) — James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law at home and on the job as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014

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US family protects 10 orphans in S. Sudan camp

MALAKAL, South Sudan (AP) — The eyes of the American parents living at a United Nations camp alongside thousands of South Sudanese refugees fill with tears as they describe their options: Remain and risk another rebel assault or fly to safety, leaving behind the 10 orphans who call the couple mom and dad.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 January 2014

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Woman crushed to death by Boston drawbridge

BOSTON (AP) — A woman walking across a Boston drawbridge was crushed to death Tuesday after an operator raising the bridge for a boat to pass heard her screams and lowered it, accidentally trapping her between the two plates, investigators said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 January 2014

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GED test overhauled; some states opt for new exam

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GED test, for decades the brand name for the high school equivalency exam, is about to undergo some changes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 January 2014

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