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Poll: 'Just kidding' doesn't make online slurs OK

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a shift in attitude, most young people now say it's wrong to use racist or sexist slurs online, even if you're just kidding. But when they see them, they don't take much personal offense.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013

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Macy's Thanksgiving parade awash in float flaps

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is awash in animal-related protests over its floats, with controversies involving the unlikely pairing of rocker Joan Jett and Shamu the killer whale.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013

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Va. senator stabbed; son found dead in home

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee four years ago, was stabbed Tuesday in his head and chest at his home, and his son died at the residence from a gunshot wound, police said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013

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New allegation made against Zimmerman in court

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor says George Zimmerman's girlfriend claims he choked her about a week ago but she didn't report it to police at the time.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013

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Farm bill takes aim at state animal welfare laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a hen's cage to the safe consumption of Gulf oysters may be at stake as farm bill negotiators work to resolve a long-simmering fight between agriculture and animal welfare interests.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013

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Study: Kids are less fit than their parents were

DALLAS (AP) — Today's kids can't keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013

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Gettysburg Address event to mark 150th anniversary

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — On the Civil War battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech that symbolized his presidency and the sacrifices made by Union and Confederate forces, historians and everyday Americans are gathering to ponder what the Gettysburg Address has meant to the nation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013

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NSA vowed repeatedly to fix its collection errors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency reported its own violations of surveillance rules to a U.S. intelligence court and promised additional safety measures to prevent similar missteps over and over again, according to more than 1,000 pages of newly declassified files about the federal government's controversial program of collecting every American's phone records during the past seven years.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013

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