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NYC disability scam case spotlights advisers' role

NEW YORK (AP) — When dozens of former police officers and firefighters sought disability benefits, advisers provided a playbook for faking mental illness — how to describe daily routines of languishing dysfunction, flunk simple concentration tests convincingly, dress down for benefits interviews, even how to link their supposed symptoms to 9/11, prosecutors say.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014

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Survey: US companies add 238K jobs, most in year

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey shows U.S. businesses added the most jobs in a year in December, powered by a big gain in construction. The figures are the latest evidence that the economy gained momentum at the end of 2013.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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Messages link NJ governor's aide to lane closures

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Emails and text messages released Wednesday link a top aide to Gov. Chris Christie to traffic jams in a New Jersey town in September that appear to have been engineered as political payback against its mayor.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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Star-Spangled banner, song to be joined in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The original, handwritten manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the flag that inspired the song's lyrics will be displayed together at the Smithsonian in Washington, the first time the historic pieces are believed to have been shown side by side.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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Train carrying oil derails, catches fire in Canada

PLASTER ROCK, New Brunswick (AP) — Officials in Canada said a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn Wednesday, and about 150 residents remained evacuated from their homes. There were no deaths or injuries.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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Obama nearing a decision on intelligence review

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hosting a series of meetings this week with lawmakers, privacy advocates and intelligence officials as he nears a final decision on changes to the government's controversial surveillance programs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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Misbehaving sun delays space station supply flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Blame the sun.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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Arctic air eases its grip on much of the US

ATLANTA (AP) — An arctic blast eased its grip on much of the U.S. on Wednesday, with winds calming and the weather warming slightly a day after temperature records — some more than a century-old — shattered up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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