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Student loan interest rates to increase

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates go up Tuesday, July 1, for students taking out new federal loans. This hike is relatively minimal but could foreshadow more increases to come. The change stems from a high-profile, bipartisan deal brokered last year by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama that ties the rates to the [...]

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Federal appeals court: Gays have right to marry

  DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday, June 25 that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, extending the movement’s legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive [...]

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Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dies at 98

  NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career and earned film immortality as a conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit in the classic Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” has died. He was 98. The actor’s son, Peter [...]

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Explosion rocks mall in Nigerian capital

  ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An explosion blamed on Islamic extremists rocked a shopping mall in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Wednesday, June 25, and police said at least 21 people have been killed. The blast came as Nigerians were preparing to watch their country’s Super Eagles play Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil. Many [...]

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Fancy freebies: Tycoon treats homeless to lunch

  NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese tycoon served up a fancy lunch Wednesday, June 25, to hundreds of homeless New Yorkers at a Central Park restaurant. Recycling magnate Chen Guangbiao selected a menu of sesame-seed-encrusted tuna, beef filet and berries with crème fraiche at The Loeb Boathouse restaurant for the residents of a Manhattan [...]

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Divergent views on exporting gas through bay

  LUSBY, Md. (AP) — Dominion Resources’ proposal to build a liquefied natural gas export facility is dividing residents of the quiet town of Lusby on the Chesapeake Bay. Some, like longtime resident Tracey Eno are worried about increased air pollution. “That can’t be good for me. I mean that’s just common sense,” said Eno, [...]

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Justices rule for broadcasters in fight with Aereo

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, June 25, that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices. The justices said by a 6-3 vote that Aereo Inc. is violating the broadcasters’ copyrights [...]

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Keep those pot plants potted: No more ripping weed

  DENVER (AP) — Police in some medical marijuana states who once routinely seized illegal pot plants by ripping them out by their roots and stashing them away in musty evidence rooms to die are now thinking twice about the practice. From Colorado and Washington state to California and Hawaii, police are being sued by [...]

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Va. House GOP lays out Medicaid legal strategy

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Republicans say Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe lacks the legal authority to expand Medicaid coverage for the state’s poor without legislative approval. House Speaker William J. Howell and other Republican leaders held a conference call Wednesday with reporters to explain their legal arguments against such a potential move by [...]

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Milan designers nudge men to dress with derring-do

  MILAN (AP) — Milan designers are gently inviting men to add just a little derring-do to their dressing. Feel secure in that double-breasted blazer? Why not snazz it up with a pair of silken shorts and thick-soled sneakers? Like the classic black and white, or red-white-and-blue combinations? Ok, but let’s brighten things up sometimes [...]

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Company successfully tests space-tourism balloon

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles above the earth. World View Enterprises of Tucson said Tuesday, June 24, that it launched the flight last week from Roswell. CEO Jane Poynter [...]

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