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US officials: Military worries about easing transgender ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military leaders have expressed reservations about any move to lift the Pentagon's ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, an issue since Defense Secretary Ash Carter's suggestion that he is open to the idea, U.S. officials say.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Report: Racial disparities in arrests persist with legal pot

 

DENVER (AP) — The legalization of marijuana in Colorado hasn't solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end, with blacks still far more likely than whites to be charged with pot-related crimes, a new report says.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Phones, other distractions a big problem for teen drivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Distractions — especially talking with passengers and using cellphones — play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Bill would create organic-type labels for non-modified foods

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Hopes of preserving Cherokee language rest with children

CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Tafoya grew up hearing Cherokee all around him — his mother, a grandmother and grandfather, aunts and an uncle all spoke the language that now is teetering on the edge of extinction.

Yet his mother purposely didn't teach him.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Justices to hear arguments over EPA mercury limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge by industry groups and Republican-led states that want to roll back Obama administration environmental rules aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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France cracks open plane's black box, seals off crash site

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — French investigators cracked open the mangled black box of a German jetliner on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane slammed into a mountain.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Uncertainty about doctors' pay has taken a toll on Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may finally be recognizing what has long bothered their constituents.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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