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Would-be teachers face tougher certification tests

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Franchesca Moreno's work as a student teacher didn't end when the kids went home for the day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014

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Okla. Gov. calls for independent execution review

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is calling for an independent review of the state's execution protocols after an inmate had an apparent heart attack 43 minutes after his execution began.

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Stocks mixed as investors weigh earnings, economy

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market was mixed on Wednesday as investors weighed company earnings against a report that showed economic growth stalled during the fourth quarter. Stocks were little changed after the Federal Reserve announced that it would further reduce its bond purchases.

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Latest weather wallop: Florida, Alabama flooding

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest, the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast were hit with widespread flooding early Wednesday, with people stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers to find a way around impassable roads and others abandoning vehicles to walk to safety.

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Senate ready to sink effort to boost minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to President Barack Obama by blocking an election-year bill increasing the federal minimum wage.

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Man dies of heart attack after botched execution

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials halted an inmate's execution after a new drug combination left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney. He later died of a heart attack.

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US economy slowed to 0.1 percent growth rate in Q1

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed drastically in the first three months of the year as a harsh winter exacted a toll on business activity. The sharp slowdown, while worse than expected, is likely to be temporary as growth rebounds with warmer weather.

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Iraqis brave threat of violence to cast ballots

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis braved the threat of bombs and attacks to vote Wednesday in key elections for a new parliament amid a massive security operation as the country slides deeper into sectarian strife.

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