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What slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015

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Load of frozen chicken barbecued by fiery big-rig crash

INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The only thing missing was the barbecue sauce when a big-rig hauling frozen chicken collided in Southern California with a truck carrying bees and ignited a fireball that quickly cooked the chicken.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015

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Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply US heroin boom

SIERRA MADRE DEL SUR, Mexico (AP) — Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015

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Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 51

DETROIT (AP) — More than 1,100 claims were filed in the week before Saturday's deadline to seek payments from the General Motors ignition-switch compensation fund. So far, 51 death and 77 injury claims have been granted.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015

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Pennsylvania groundhog 'forecasts' 6 more weeks of winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said Monday the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015

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Northeast deals with another snowstorm; Midwest blanketed

BOSTON (AP) — A winter storm is bringing its fury to the Northeast on Monday, causing the cancellation of flights, classes and major court cases a day after it dumped up to a foot-and-a-half of snow on the Chicago area and blanketed much of the Plains and Midwest.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015

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Senate takes up bill to lower suicide rate among vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans appears headed for the president's desk.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015

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Ebola vaccines trial starts in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015

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