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Virginia AG to fight state's gay marriage ban

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a move that could give gay marriage its first foothold in the South, Virginia's attorney general said Thursday he concluded the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional and he will join the fight against it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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Inside story on Snowden to be published next month

NEW YORK (AP) — The race to publish books about Edward Snowden is on.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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Syrian govt says terrorism, not talks, is priority

GENEVA (AP) — Syria's government declared that its main priority was stopping terrorism — not ensuring peace — and the opposition hinted it was far from ready to negotiate directly with the government it wants to overthrow, casting sharp doubt Thursday on peace talks that have barely begun.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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Egypt's president: Police state has ended

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military-backed interim president said Thursday that the country's uprisings have put an end to the police state, part of a campaign to rebrand the security forces that have a long and notorious legacy, amid a heavy-handed crackdown on Islamists and other critics of the government.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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State: 2nd chemical entered water in W.Va. spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A second chemical was released during a spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians, state officials said Wednesday, though the newly identified substance appears to be less toxic than the coal-cleaning agent already known to have leaked.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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Natural gas locomotives may prove cheaper, cleaner

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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APNewsBreak: Poll finds drop in uninsured rate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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Muppets' mini-makeover aims to boost kids' health

Bert and Ernie jump rope and munch apples and carrots, and Cookie Monster has his namesake treat once a week, not every day. Can a Muppets mini-makeover improve kids' health, too?

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014

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