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Shutdown cost national parks at least $414M

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

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US home prices rose at solid pace in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in January after three months of declines. A tight supply of homes might have helped boost prices and offset sales slowed by cold weather.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

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Putin: Russia has right to use force in Ukraine

 

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled his forces back from the Ukrainian border on Tuesday yet said Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine. He accused the West of encouraging an anti-constitutional coup in Ukraine and driving it onto anarchy and declared that any sanctions the West places on Russia will backfire.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

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Trial set to begin for general facing sex charges

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Once a rising star among the U.S. Army's top battle commanders, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair is now fighting sexual assault charges that could land him life in a military prison if convicted.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

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Alzheimer's buddy program pairs patients, students

CHICAGO (AP) — At age 80, retired Chicago physician and educator Dan Winship is getting a bittersweet last chance to teach about medicine — only this time he's the subject. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, Winship is giving a young medical student a close-up look at a devastating illness affecting millions of patients worldwide.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

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Sunken Great Lakes oil pipeline raises spill fears

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A freshwater channel that separates Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas is a premier Midwestern tourist attraction and a photographer's delight, offering spectacular vistas of two Great Lakes, several islands and one of the world's longest suspension bridges.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014

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Russia sets Ukraine agenda with diplomacy, threats

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia called for the adoption of a national unity deal in Ukraine even as it tightened its stranglehold over Crimea, an audacious combination of diplomacy and escalating military pressure. The U.S. and European Union floundered for solutions — while global markets panicked over the prospect of violent upheaval in the heart of Europe.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014

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Pistorius trial: Witness heard screams then shots

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial testified Monday to hearing "blood-curdling" screams from a woman before she heard four gunshots on the night the double-amputee Olympian killed his girlfriend.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014

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