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National drop in obese toddlers, study suggests

ATLANTA (AP) — Toddler obesity shrank sharply in the past decade, a new study suggests. While promising, it's not proof that the nation has turned a corner in the battle against childhood obesity, some experts say.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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Behaviorists: Dogs feel no shame despite the look

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting "Shame on you!" because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn't know what your rant is about.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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Local politics affects senators on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mark Pryor is doing a delicate dance over congressional Democrats' upcoming push to boost the federal minimum wage. The Democrat from Republican-leaning Arkansas says he'll vote against the bill, but on the key roll call may oppose GOP efforts to filibuster it to death.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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Obama seeking $300 billion for roads, railways

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $300 billion to update the nation's roads and railways.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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US warns Russia on Ukraine, nudges Georgia to West

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday warned Russia against a military intervention in Ukraine as it renewed demands that Moscow withdraw troops from disputed enclaves in another former Soviet republic, Georgia. The U.S. also urged Georgia to further integrate with Europe and NATO in calls that come amid growing tensions between Russia and the West over the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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C. African Republic orphans walk to refuge alone

CARNOT, Central African Republic (AP) — Ibrahim Adamou's parents had just been killed in front of him. He wasn't sure whether any of his five siblings had survived the attack by Christian militiamen who opened fire on his family of herders as they journeyed on foot.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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Dozens killed in attack on Nigerian school

DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants set fire to a locked dormitory at a school in northern Nigeria, then shot and slit the throats of students who tried to escape through windows during a pre-dawn attack Tuesday. At least 58 students were killed, including many who were burned alive.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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Arizona governor returns home amid furor over bill

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer returned to Arizona on Tuesday and faced a pressing decision about a bill on her desk that has prompted a national debate over religious and gay rights.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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