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Natural gas locomotives may prove cheaper, cleaner

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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APNewsBreak: Poll finds drop in uninsured rate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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Muppets' mini-makeover aims to boost kids' health

Bert and Ernie jump rope and munch apples and carrots, and Cookie Monster has his namesake treat once a week, not every day. Can a Muppets mini-makeover improve kids' health, too?

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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Survey finds CEOs more confident on global economy

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — With the worst of the global financial crisis behind them, CEOs are ready to move on from the fight for survival their businesses have been in for the past few years, a survey found Tuesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014

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States weighing labels on genetically altered food

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — States from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering requiring labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients, which account for two-thirds of what Americans eat.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014

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Obama: Sex assault an affront to decency, humanity

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says sexual assault in the U.S. is an affront to basic decency and humanity.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014

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UN chief's bungled Iran invitation hurts his role

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ban Ki-moon made a rare effort at solo diplomacy when he invited Iran to join this week's Syria peace talks, but it backfired, raising questions about the effectiveness of a U.N. secretary-general better known — and often criticized — for his reserved and scripted style.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014

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