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'Polar vortex' pushes subzero temps into Midwest

CHICAGO (AP) — A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014

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Gone with the wind chill: Gusts spread winter pain

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's not the heat, it's the humidity, goes the old saying. For the tens of millions of Americans currently trapped in the deep freeze: It's not the cold, it's the wind.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014

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Fed chair, unemployment on tap as Congress returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back to work on Monday, Congress faces a hefty list of unfinished business and a politically driven agenda in an election year that will determine control of the House and Senate.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014

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Futures higher in 2014's first full trading week

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are running higher in the first full week of trading this year, a week that will give markets a peek at the thinking of the Fed during its last policy meeting and also the final monthly jobs report of 2013.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014

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Growing number of seniors caring for other seniors

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EDITOR'S NOTE _ Aging America is a joint AP-APME project examining the aging of the baby boomers and the impact that this so-called silver tsunami has had on society

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014

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Selling social media clicks becomes big business

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014

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Historic freeze could break Midwest temp records

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — It has been decades since parts of the Midwest experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to arrive Sunday, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia even in a region where residents are accustomed to bundling up.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 January 2014

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Push for sentencing reform underway in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unusual alliance of tea party enthusiasts and liberal leaders in Congress is pursuing major changes in the country's mandatory sentencing laws amid growing concerns about both the fairness of the sentences and the expense of running federal prisons.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 January 2014

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