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Family says NJ overreacted to boy's gun photo

Posted: 03/20/2013 - A New Jersey family claims a Facebook photo of their son holding a rifle his father gave him for his upcoming 11th birthday led the state's child welfare agency to their home, demanding to be let inside and inspect their guns.

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Nevada training accident kills 7 NC unit Marines

Updated: 03/19/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A Marine Corps official says the seven Marines killed in Nevada died after a 60mm mortar exploded unexpectedly during a training accident. The Marines immediately issued an indefinite moratorium on firing of all such mortars worldwide until an investigation clears as safe the type of weapon and ammunition in the tragedy. Several other Marines were hurt.

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$1M pilot project aims to take out feral pigs

Posted: 03/18/2013 - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Feral pigs have learned to outsmart hunters as they root up crops, harass wildlife and turn water holes into pigsties.

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Minnesota woman loses music downloading appeal

Posted: 03/18/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Minnesota woman who has been ordered to pay record companies $222,000 for the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music.

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Census: Record 1 in 3 US counties are now dying

Posted: 03/15/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A record number of U.S. counties - more than 1 in 3 - are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs elsewhere.

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Another Carnival ship experiences problems

Posted: 03/15/2013 - TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Carnival Cruise Lines says another of its ships has experienced problems and is heading back to the Port of Tampa.

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TSA stands by plan to allow small knives on planes

Posted: 03/15/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Transportation Security Administration says the agency will allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes despite a backlash against the proposal.

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Software glitch delays 660,000 tax refunds

Posted: 03/15/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service says 660,000 taxpayers will have their refunds delayed by up to six weeks because of a problem with the software they used to file their tax returns.

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Google pays $7M fine to settle Wi-Fi privacy case

Posted: 03/14/2013 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google will pay a $7 million fine to settle a multistate investigation into the Internet search leader's interception of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent several years ago over unprotected wireless networks throughout the world.

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America's new love: Water

Posted: 03/12/2013 - NEW YORK (AP) - It wasn't too long ago that America had a love affair with soda. Now, an old flame has the country's heart.

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Judge strikes down NYC sugary-drinks size rule

Posted: 03/12/2013 - NEW YORK (AP) - New Yorkers were still free to gulp from huge sugary drinks Tuesday, after a judge struck down the city's pioneering ban on supersized sodas just hours before it was supposed to take effect, handing a defeat to health-conscious Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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FDA head says menu labeling 'thorny' issue

Posted: 03/12/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Diners will have to wait a little longer to find calorie counts on most restaurant chain menus, in supermarkets and on vending machines.

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Facebook adds more personal touches to News Feed

Posted: 03/08/2013 - MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled a new look for the social network's News Feed, the place where its 1 billion users congregate to see what's happening with their friends, family and favorite businesses.

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Senate clears Brennan as CIA chief

Posted: 03/07/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - John Brennan has won Senate confirmation to head the CIA after a late struggle that had more to do with presidential power to order drone strikes than with the nominee's credentials to lead the spy agency.

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Hugo Chavez, fiery Venezuelan leader, dies at 58

Updated: 03/05/2013 - CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.

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White House chides N. Korea for Rodman visit

Posted: 03/04/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says North Korea's government should be focused on the well-being of its citizens, not on "celebrity sporting events" to entertain the country's elite.

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Government benefits now paperless

Posted: 03/01/2013 - The U.S. Department of the Treasury says the electronic payment law stopping the mailing of checks went into effect today. Now the Treasury Department is urging Social Security and other federal benefit recipients not to delay and to switch now to either direct deposit or the Direct Express Debit MasterCard card.

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