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First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a “culture change” in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts, the first lady also warned that the progress that’s been made is “incredibly fragile.” That’s because special interests [...]

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Life-saving train design is rarely used

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the collision between a Southern California commuter train and a truck abandoned on the tracks was this: No one died and only eight people on board were admitted to hospitals. Officials with the Metrolink train system credit cars designed to blunt the tremendous force of [...]

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Los Angeles teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park Thursday to demand higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations. “Everybody in this country is watching this struggle,” said Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers. “It’s a [...]

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With poll, Obama foundation hints at library’s likely site

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The foundation developing Barack Obama’s future presidential library has commissioned polling in Chicago to determine whether residents support building it on the South Side, people close to the foundation said, in the clearest sign to date that the library likely will go to the University of Chicago. Two Chicago schools and [...]

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Black Madam: I’ve done ‘thousands’ of buttocks injections

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist who called herself “the Michelangelo of buttocks injections” testified at her murder trial Thursday, February 26 that she got into “body sculpting” 20 years ago to help transgender friends and has since performed thousands of procedures. Padge-Victoria Windslowe, who also rapped under the name “Black Madam,” is charged [...]

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Medical pot proposal passes first test in conservative Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday, February 26 to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products. The legislation forbids the smoking of marijuana, but allows businesses to grow marijuana and sell pot-infused [...]

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Lawyer: Second autopsy shows officers shot man from behind

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An independent autopsy of an unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Washington state shows he was shot as many as seven times — including twice from behind — contradicting earlier statements from authorities, an attorney for the man’s family said Thursday, February 26 The second autopsy was commissioned by lawyer [...]

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Walker: Protesters prepared him to confront global terrorism

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday, February 26 that his experience taking on thousands of protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world. The likely Republican presidential contender sparked pointed criticism from labor union leaders across the country after remarks delivered on the first [...]

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2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix

  PHOENIX (AP) — Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement enclave before they were captured by authorities Thursday, February 26  causing a stir in the streets and on social media. A large, white llama and a smaller black llama darted through the streets of Sun City during the [...]

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Ag secretary: Smartphones could tell buyers what’s in food

  WASHINGTON (AP) — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress on Wednesday that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. All sorts [...]

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400-year-old books stolen in Italy are found in California

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two stolen Italian books dating to the 17th century that were discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area and many other plundered ancient artifacts will be returned to their country of origin, federal officials say. The books, “Stirpium Historiae” and “Rariorm Plantarum Historia Anno 1601,” were taken from Italy’s Historical [...]

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