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At core of nuke cheating ring: 4 'librarians'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators dubbed them "the librarians," four Air Force nuclear missile launch officers at the center of a still-unfolding scandal over cheating on proficiency tests.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014

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$1 trillion student loan debt widens US wealth gap

Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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Coast Guard: BP estimates Indiana refinery released 9 to 18 barrels of oil into Lake Michigan

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An initial assessment of a Lake Michigan oil spill shows that between nine and 18 barrels of crude oil entered the lake following a malfunction at oil giant BP's sprawling northwestern Indiana refinery, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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Autism may be tied to flawed prenatal brain growth

A small study that examined brains from children who died found abnormal patterns of cell growth in autistic children. The research bolsters evidence that something before birth might cause autism, at least in some cases.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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$270M chocolate plant proof of US's sweet tooth

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Americans aren't losing their taste for chocolate. Need proof? Look to Kansas, where candy giant Mars Inc. is operating its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of sweets every day.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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Obama, Francis find common ground, sharp divisions

VATICAN CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama and the Vatican gave distinctly different accounts of the president's audience with Pope Francis on Thursday, with Obama stressing their common ground on poverty and inequality but Vatican officials emphasizing sharp differences over Obama's health care law which mandates contraception coverage.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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Senate, House back bills to aid Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress spoke with one voice on Thursday against Russia's annexation of Crimea, passing legislation in the House and Senate giving help to cash-strapped Ukraine and imposing sanctions against Russia.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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Mudslide recovery brings tears to searchers

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — As firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso, he soon realized that the search party had a close connection to the victim: The dead man's son and brother were among the volunteers scouring the debris field.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014

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