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Here comes El Nino; good news for US weather woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that will likely change weather worldwide. But it won't be for the better everywhere.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Stock and housing gains put US net worth at record

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surging stock market and rebounding home prices boosted Americans' wealth to a record in the final three months of last year, though both trends have slowed so far in 2014.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Girl Scouts asked to end partnership with Barbie

NEW YORK (AP) — A few weeks after her foray into the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Barbie is entangled in controversy again, this time over her ties with the Girl Scouts.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Stocks mostly higher as US job market improves

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were mostly higher Thursday afternoon after the government reported that the number of people filing for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in three months. Staples plunged after the company said it was closing 10 percent of its stores as more people shop online.

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US applications for jobless aid reach 3-month low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the lowest level in three months as layoffs remain at pre-recession levels.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Former IRS official refuses to testify at hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the controversy over the agency's targeting of conservative groups once again refused to answer questions at a House hearing Wednesday amid signs that a congressional investigation into the affair may be stalling.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby born with HIV

A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment — in this instance, four hours after birth.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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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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