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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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Gov't offers new approach to classroom discipline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is issuing new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school rules.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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Madoff-related fraud to cost JPMorgan $2.5 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — For more than 15 years, there were signs something was amiss with what federal prosecutors in Manhattan call the "703 account" at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014

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Showdown set on unemployment bill in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new year looks a lot like the old one in the Senate, with Democrats scratching for votes to pass an agenda they share with President Barack Obama, and Republicans decidedly unenthusiastic about supporting legislation without changes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014

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South, East brace for polar temps, wind chills

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frigid air that snapped decades-old records will make venturing outside dangerous for a second straight day Tuesday, this time spreading to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and keeping many schools and businesses shuttered. Residents driven from their homes by power outages in the Midwest longed to return to their own beds.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014

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Yellen faces challenges as Fed trims bond buys

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen will take the helm of a Federal Reserve facing a significantly different economic landscape from the one that dominated Ben Bernanke's tenure as chairman, confronting her with different decisions as well.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014

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