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Big coal producer in settlement over tainted water

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar

LONDON (AP) — Just try sugar-coating this: The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories — half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday.

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Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users selling illegal guns or offering weapons for sale without background checks.

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2-year extension seen for canceled health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will allow a two-year extension for people whose individual health insurance policies don't comply with requirements of the new health care law, helping to defuse a politically difficult election-year issue for Democrats.

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New SAT: The essay portion is to become optional

WASHINGTON (AP) — Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.

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Redwood park closes road to deter burl poachers

Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.

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EU to provide Ukraine with aid worth $15 billion

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is proposing to provide Ukraine an 11 billion euros ($15 billion) aid package in loans and grants over the coming years, the head of the bloc's executive arm said Wednesday.

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Israeli naval raid nabs Gaza-bound arms from Iran

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli naval forces raided a ship in the Red Sea early Wednesday and seized dozens of advanced rockets from Iran destined for Palestinian militants in Gaza that would have significantly boosted their ability to strike Israeli citizens, the military said.

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