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AP IMPACT: Gov't safety agency missed Cobalt clues

DETROIT (AP) — For years, the U.S. government's auto safety watchdog sent form letters to worried owners of the Chevrolet Cobalt and other General Motors small cars, saying it didn't have enough information about problems with unexpected stalling to establish a trend or open an investigation

The data tell a different story.

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Obama meets with Saudi king, weighs new Syria aid

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Barack Obama is considering allowing shipments of new air defense systems to the Syrian opposition, a U.S. official said Friday, as Obama sought to reassure Saudi Arabia's king that the U.S. is not taking too soft a stance in Syria and other Mideast conflicts.

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US recognizes Michigan same-sex couple marriages

DETROIT (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

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Afghan official: Suicide bombers attack foreigners

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Four gunmen attacked the offices and guesthouse of a U.S.-based charity, setting off a suicide car bomb and opening fire with assault rifles in a residential neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Friday. An Afghan child was killed in the crossfire as police battled the attackers.

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House approves bill to stop cut to Medicare docs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to give doctors a yearlong reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare overcame turbulence in the House on Thursday and appears on track to clear the Senate next week, possibly just hours before a Monday midnight deadline.

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US autism estimate rises to 1 in 68 children

NEW YORK (AP) — The government's estimate of autism has moved up again to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent increase in two years.

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Democrats in California capital reel from scandal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday's arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee's opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a "corrupt institution."

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Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Onetime economics professor and longtime nuclear strategist James R. Schlesinger was a political man for all seasons, holding a long string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three administrations. He was hired — and dismissed — by presidents of both parties.

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