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Minimum wage approaches likely Senate rejection

WASHINGTON (AP) — The push by President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage seems ready to join the parade of issues that gets buried in Congress but — the party hopes — propels voters to the polls this November.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014

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NY lawmaker pleads not guilty to US fraud charges

NEW YORK (AP) — Following a two-year investigation of his campaign financing, U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm was indicted Monday on federal mail, wire and tax fraud charges stemming from a restaurant he operated before entering Congress, a case he says is trumped up.

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Obama pledges federal help after deadly tornado

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending his deepest condolences to those affected by a deadly tornado that ripped through Arkansas and has directed federal resources to the area.

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Tornadoes kill 16 in Arkansas, 1 in Oklahoma

VILONIA, Ark. (AP) — Three years after a tornado devastated the Little Rock suburb of Vilonia, its residents again huddled in storm cellars as the most powerful twister this year carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburbs north of the state capital, killing at least 16 people.

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Report: 4 in 5 US high school students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

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Student to be arraigned in prom day slaying

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 16-year-old student faces arraignment on murder charges in the stabbing death of a classmate at their high school on the day of the junior prom.

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Divers renew search for South Korea ferry dead

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Divers on Monday renewed their search for more than 100 bodies still trapped in a sunken ferry after weekend efforts were hindered by bad weather, strong currents and floating debris clogging the ship's rooms. Investigators, meanwhile, expanded a probe into how coast guard and other rescuers responded after learning the ferry was sinking.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014

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Missing plane's search area to be expanded

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The underwater hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet will be expanded to include a massive swath of ocean floor that may take up to eight months to thoroughly search, Australia's prime minister said Monday.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014

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