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College offers to pay students to take year off

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Colleges are paying students to take a year off after high school to travel, volunteer or do internships so that students of all income brackets can benefit from "gap years."

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014

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Senate bill would expand child care, boost safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation to require child care providers who care for children from low-income families through a government voucher program to undergo criminal background checks, know first aid and CPR and get other training.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014

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Death toll in NYC gas explosion climbs to 8

NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue workers using dogs and thermal-detection gear to search rubble for more victims of a gas explosion found an eighth body on Thursday while investigators tried to pinpoint the leak and determine whether it had anything to do with the city's aging gas and water mains, some from the 1800s.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014

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AP Exclusive: FBI balks at pot background checks

SEATTLE (AP) — The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that's long been illegal under federal law.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014

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Search for lost jet expands amid signs it flew on

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The international search for the missing Malaysian jetliner expanded further into the Indian Ocean on Friday amid signs the aircraft may have flown on for hours after its last contact with air-traffic control nearly a week ago.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014

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Obama orders review of US deportation practices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to pacify frustrated immigration advocates, President Barack Obama is directing the government to find more humane ways to handle deportation for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, the White House said Thursday.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014

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West readies sanctions on Russia after Crimea vote

LONDON (AP) — The top diplomats for Russia and the U.S. voiced pessimism Friday about negotiating an immediate end to the crisis in Ukraine or preventing its strategic Crimea region from voting this weekend to break off from the rest of the country.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014

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Holder endorses proposed drug sentencing changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday endorsed a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for many nonviolent drug traffickers, saying the change would rein in runaway federal prison costs and create a fairer criminal justice system.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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