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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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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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