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Record fine proposed for coal mining operations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations by coal mine operators in five Appalachian states.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Congress rushing to put in place Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is rushing to put in place hard-hitting sanctions on Russia in response to its takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, hoping Europe will follow the lead of the United States in upping the pressure on President Vladimir Putin's government.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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NYC artists live on 'human hamster wheel'

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever feel like you're on a big hamster wheel and you can't get off?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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