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Number of US farms declines, farmers getting older

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. farms is declining even as the value of their crops and livestock has increased over the past five years, a government census of American agriculture released Thursday says.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014

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Religious freedom bill riles gay rights supporters

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature gave final approval Thursday evening to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014

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Mo. coach charged in girl's death heads to court

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A middle-school football coach accused of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday, as her southwest Missouri community struggles with a mix of anger and memories of a vivacious, trusting little girl.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014

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Police: 4 dead, 2 injured in N. Calif. shooting

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — An eviction hearing at an American Indian headquarters in Northern California turned deadly as a woman who once served as a tribal leader allegedly opened fire, killing four people and critically wounding two others in a gun and knife attack, authorities said.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014

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Colorado, Utah move to hike smoking age to 21

DENVER (AP) — Two Western states with some of the nation's lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014

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Accident rates improving for older drivers

EDITOR'S NOTE _ Aging America is a joint AP-APME project examing the aging of the baby boomers and the impact this silver tsunami will have on the communities in which they live.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014

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Obama budget to drop budget cost-of-living trims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama's upcoming budget proposal will not include his past offer to accept lowered cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefit programs. Those had been a central component of his long-term debt-reduction strategy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Tearful Korean reunions begin; first since 2010

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The first reunions of North and South Koreans in more than three years came too late for 90-year-old Seo Jeong-suk. She died in South Korea just 15 days ago.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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