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Foul weather threatens to snarl US holiday travel

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A stew of foul weather, ranging from freezing rain and snow in the Midwest to thunderstorms and possible tornadoes in the South, is arriving just in time for one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Obama orders military to review sexual assault

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday gave the military one year to make progress on an epidemic of sexual assault or face potential tougher reforms, hours after Congress sent a sweeping defense bill for his signature that cracks down on the crime in its ranks.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Stocks advance on strong US economic growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose in midday trading Friday after the U.S. reported unexpectedly strong economic growth during the third quarter. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index pushed further into record territory. The S&P 500 is up 27 percent so far this year. If the gains hold the market could have its biggest year since 1997.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Dads to diapers and more, myth-busting survey says

CHICAGO (AP) — The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

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Police: Suicide note foretold of Reno attack

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Bypassing waiting patients, a gunman who complained he had a botched 2010 surgery opened fire with a 12-guage shotgun at doctors at a Reno medical office — a deadly rampage that investigators say was referred to in a suicide note.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Fury and frustration over Target data breach

NEW YORK (AP) — Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target's security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Options set for those lacking new health coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Marriage equality supporters see hope in deep-red Ind.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In one of the most conservative states in the nation, supporters of gay marriage are pondering the unthinkable: a victory, or at least not a loss.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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