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Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover’s highest holiday: Sunday, April 20, 2014 or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear. Yet amid [...]

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Ill, hospitalized Miley Cyrus postpones more shows

  NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus is postponing more concerts as she remains in a hospital for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. A representative says the singer won’t perform in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday and Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. Those concerts will be rescheduled. Cyrus suffered from a sinus infection last week during [...]

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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to trumpet the new figures, which beat [...]

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Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report

  NEW YORK (AP) — The government’s latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator [...]

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Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread. More than 20 people, many of them health-care workers, have been reported infected with the [...]

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US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban

  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they’re pregnant. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who is based in Bismarck, said the law is “invalid and unconstitutional” [...]

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Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts. Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon had cut the devices from their ankles, hopped a Greyhound bus from California, and holed up in a Las [...]

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US judge overturns North Dakota abortion law

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they’re pregnant. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled that the law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected is “invalid and unconstitutional” [...]

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Miley Cyrus still hospitalized, cancels 2nd show

  NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus is canceling another concert and remains hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. A representative for the 21-year-old says in a statement that Cyrus is canceling her Wednesday performance at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The singer also tweets that the hospital will not release her. [...]

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Detroit strikes 2nd deal with its other retirees

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit reached tentative agreements to preserve pensions for retired police office and firefighters but cut monthly payments for other former employees, key deals that could accelerate the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, officials said Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. Negotiators for the general pension fund, which pays benefits to [...]

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3 killed in single-car wreck in Buckingham County

  RICHMOND, Va. April 13th (AP) — Virginia State Police say two adults and a child are dead following a single-car crash in Buckingham County. The accident occurred early Sunday morning on Route 15, less than a mile north of Route 620. State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller identified the victims as 44-year-old Anthony G. Foster [...]

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