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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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NEW: Benedict becomes 1st pope in 600 years to resign

Posted: 02/28/2013 - CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) - Benedict XVI has become the first pope in 600 years to resign, ending an eight-year pontificate shaped by struggles to move the church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world.

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Smithfield recalls 38,000 pounds of sausage

Posted: 02/22/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Smithfield Packing Co. is recalling about 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves.

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Armstrong lawyers: Justice Dept joining fraud suit

Posted: 02/22/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for Lance Armstrong say the Justice Department has joined a lawsuit against the cyclist. The lawsuit alleges the former Tour de France champion concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs for over a decade and defrauded his long-time sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service.

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APNewsBreak: National park cuts detailed in memo

Posted: 02/22/2013 - SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Visitors to America's national parks will encounter fewer rangers, find locked restrooms and visitors centers, and see trashcans emptied less often if 5 percent across-the-board cuts are enacted by sequestration.

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Suit seeks class action against Carnival in Miami

Posted: 02/21/2013 - MIAMI (AP) - A couple are hoping to obtain class-action status for a lawsuit they've filed against Carnival Cruise Lines following an engine-room fire that stranded a ship for days in the Gulf of Mexico.

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1st lawsuit already filed in cruise ship mishap

Posted: 02/15/2013 - MIAMI (AP) - The first lawsuit has been filed in the wake of the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship that left thousands of passengers in miserable conditions for days.

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IRS warns of tax scams

Posted: 02/15/2013 - WASHINGTON - With plenty of Americans getting their tax documents in order this time of year the IRS is warning people, to beware of scams.

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Ex-LA cop believed barricaded in S. Calif. cabin

Christopher Dorner (MGN Online)

Updated: 02/12/2013 - BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a gunfight with a man believed to be a fugitive ex-LA cop began when state game wardens confronted him in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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Glass shards prompt recall of Lean Cuisine ravioli

Posted: 02/12/2013 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska environmental regulators say Nestle Prepared Foods Co. has issued a recall of Lean Cuisine mushroom ravioli after consumer reports that glass shards were found in the product.

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