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Mild 2013 cuts Arctic a break, warming woes remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rapid melting in the Arctic eased up this year. But the government says global warming is still dramatically altering the top of the world, reducing the number of reindeer and shrinking snow and ice, while increasing certain fish and extending the growing season.

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US unemployment aid applications surge to 368,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.

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Exercise helps women tolerate breast cancer drugs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence.

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US stocks lower, setting up 3rd day of declines

Lower stock prices on Thursday set up investors for a third day in a row of declines.

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Operators ground model of chopper that crashed

LONDON (AP) — A 10th person has died following the crash of a police helicopter into a Glasgow pub, police said Thursday, as a British transport company briefly grounded its helicopters of the type involved in the crash after detecting a technical problem on a recent flight.

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Secretary vacancy filled

Logan County Fair Board during a regular meeting Wednesday filled its vacant secretary position and approved a company to host its Web site.

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Federal data show health disparities among states

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The slow rollout of a new federal health insurance marketplace may be deepening differences in health coverage among Americans, with residents in some states gaining insurance at a far greater rate than others.

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Spurned by president, EU embraces Ukraine protest

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two weeks ago, the European Union's foreign policy chief was at a summit in Lithuania, wooing Ukraine's president with offers of preferential dealings with the world's largest trade bloc. This week, she stood in Kiev's Independence Square with protesters bent on ousting the same man.

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