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Searchers scour rubble after gas explosion kills 7

NEW YORK (AP) — Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose Thursday to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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Obama wants overtime pay for more salaried workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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Cuddlers soothe babies too sick, tiny to go home

CHICAGO (AP) — A volunteer slips her arms into a gauzy yellow hospital gown and approaches a medical crib holding a tiny newborn hooked up to noisy machines.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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Malaysia: No engine data after plane went missing

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Officials dismissed reports Thursday that the missing Malaysian airliner's engines continued sending data for hours after its last contact, but said it was possible the plane continued flying and that they would widen their search farther to the west.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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Late winter storm wallops Midwest, Northeast

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A storm that swept through the Midwest and the Northeast just a week before the start of spring dumped more than 2 feet of snow on parts of northern New England and caused pileups on the Ohio Turnpike involving at least 50 vehicles, leaving three people dead and a state trooper seriously injured.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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Police: Driver kills 2 at South by Southwest fest

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man and woman on a moped were killed early Thursday when a suspected drunken driver fleeing police crashed through barricades at the South By Southwest festival in Austin and slammed into a crowd of festivalgoers, police said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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UN: 5.5 million Syrian children affected by war

BEIRUT (AP) — The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million — more than half the country's children — with devastating effects on the health, education and psychological well-being of an entire generation, the United Nations children's agency said Tuesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014

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After thaw, snow returns to Midwest, Northeast

CHICAGO (AP) — A wet snow forced residents of Chicago and the Midwest to once again break out shovels and slog to work along slippery roads and slow transit lines, a reality check for winter-weary residents who had just reveled in a day or so of spring-like temperatures. Along the storm's eastward track, upstate New York was gearing up for a blizzard.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014

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