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Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiery wrecks of trains hauling crude oil have intensified pressure on the Obama administration to approve tougher standards for railroads and tank cars despite industry complaints that it could cost billions and slow freight deliveries.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015

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Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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News guide: What to know about legal marijuana in US capital

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pot is legal in the District of Columbia. Here's what sets the city apart from states that have legalized:

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Vilsack: Smartphones could tell consumers what's in food

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smartphone.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Life-saving train design is rarely used

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the collision between a Southern California commuter train and a truck abandoned on the tracks was this: No one died and only eight people on board were admitted to hospitals.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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What we heard, and didn't, from Yellen's remarks to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over two days of testimony to Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was grilled on everything from the direction of interest rates to the health of the economy to "Audit the Fed" legislation supported by Republicans.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Official: 5 or 6 of officers' 17 shots hit Mexican man

 

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — An unarmed Mexican man fatally shot by police in Washington state was hit by five or six of the 17 shots fired by the three officers involved, a task force spokesman says.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Homeland Security bill moves in Senate while House in limbo

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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