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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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Funeral procession begins for slain ex-SEAL Kyle

Posted: 02/12/2013 - MIDLOTHIAN, Texas (AP) - People are lining streets and highway overpasses in North Texas as the funeral procession for slain former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle begins its 200-mile journey to Austin.

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Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he's too infirm

Posted: 02/11/2013 - VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The announcement sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new leader for world's 1 billion Catholics.

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Senators seek deal on gun-sale background checks

Posted: 02/08/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A small, bipartisan group of senators is quietly trying to reach a compromise on expanding the requirement for background checks to cover nearly all gun purchases. A deal could give political momentum to one of the key elements of President Barack Obama's gun-control plan.

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Southern diet, fried foods, may raise stroke risk

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Deep-fried foods may be causing trouble in the Deep South. People whose diets are heavy on them and sugary drinks like sweet tea and soda were more likely to suffer a stroke, a new study finds.

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Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

Posted: 02/06/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue delivering packages six days a week.

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Gun background checks drop by 10 percent in Jan.

Posted: 02/05/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of federal background checks for firearm sales declined unexpectedly last month following a surge toward the end of the year as Washington considered new gun control measures.

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Official: Boy safe, abductor dead after standoff

Updated: 02/05/2013 - MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - A law enforcement official says a 5-year-old has been safely released after a weeklong standoff between police and the boy's abductor.

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Ex-Navy SEAL died pursuing his passion

Posted: 02/04/2013 - STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - Former Navy SEAL and expert sniper Chris Kyle was devoted to helping his fellow veterans navigate life after active duty.

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Suicide bombing at US Embassy in Turkey kills 2

Posted: 02/01/2013 - ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's prime minister says an outlawed Marxist group is responsible for a suicide bombing in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, which killed the bomber and a Turkish security guard.

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Hostage standoff continues

Posted: 01/31/2013 - MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - Neighbors of an Alabama man accused of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in a bunker say the man, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, is volatile, has anti-government views and has threatened his neighbors at gunpoint. But a state lawmaker who met with authorities say Dykes has allowed authorities to lower the boy's medicine into the bunker.

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Scouts considering retreat from no-gays policy

Updated: 01/28/2013 - NEW YORK (AP) - The Boys Scouts of America is considering a dramatic change in its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.

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NEW: Panetta opens combat roles to women

Posted: 01/23/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

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Algeria: Special forces complete hostage rescue

Posted: 01/17/2013 - ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Algeria's state news agency says special forces have completed their operation to free hostages from a remote desert natural gas complex.

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'Dear Abby' advice columnist dies at age 94

Posted: 01/17/2013 - MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of Abigail Van Buren wrote the long-running "Dear Abby" advice column, has died. She was 94.

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Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

Updated: 01/16/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is announcing a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence a month after a mass shooting in Connecticut killed 20 elementary school children.

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Oprah: Lance Armstrong admitted doping

Posted: 01/15/2013 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Oprah Winfrey is confirming that Lance Armstrong came clean to her about his use of performance-enhancing drugs during their 2 1/2 hour interview Monday. She says the cyclist was "forthcoming" as she asked him in detail about doping allegations that followed him throughout his seven Tour de France victories.

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2012 US military suicides hit a record high of 349

Posted: 01/14/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some private experts are predicting the dark trend will worsen this year.

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Coroner releases new report on Natalie Wood death

Posted: 01/14/2013 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new report shows coroner's officials amended Natalie Wood's death certificate based on unanswered questions about bruises on her upper body.

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Biden voices interest in new technology for guns

Updated: 01/11/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says he's interested in technology that would keep a gun from being fired by anyone other than the person who bought it. He says evidence shows such technology may have curtailed what happened last month in Connecticut when 20 youngsters and six teachers were gunned down inside their elementary school.

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What the FICA increase means for your paycheck

Updated: 01/11/2013 - SHERMAN, TX - The first paychecks of the new year arrived for many Texomans Friday, and a few of you may be wondering why your paycheck is a little lighter than usual.

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