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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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Benefits debate is first volley of election year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggle in Washington over whether to renew expired jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed is as much about providing aid to 1.3 million out-of-work Americans as it is about drawing the first political line of an election year.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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White House marks 50th anniversary of poverty war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says that although progress has been made in reducing poverty, government can still play a positive role in reducing hardship and increasing economic opportunity.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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Giffords to mark shooting anniversary by skydiving

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords reportedly plans to mark three years since she was severely injured in a mass shooting in Tucson by skydiving in Arizona.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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