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N.Y. Attorney General Reins In National Puerto Rican Day Parade

Thu, 2014-02-13 11:12

Organizers of the National Puerto Rican Day parade have announced new leadership for one of the country's largest ethnic celebrations. An investigation by the New York state attorney general's office finds the event's longtime fundraiser misappropriated almost $1 million.

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Belgian Lawmakers Extend Euthanasia To Terminally Ill Children

Thu, 2014-02-13 10:54

The country's king, who must approve the measure, isn't expected to oppose it. Belgium already allows terminally ill people over the age of 18 to choose doctor-assisted death.

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VIDEOS: Rappin' And Rockin' School Closing Announcements

Thu, 2014-02-13 10:22

Something's going on at some schools in states hit hard by the weather this winter. What it is ain't exactly clear. But administrators seem to want to have some fun when they have to spread the word about school being closed. See how they set their news to hits by Queen and Vanilla Ice.

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Apple Steps Up The Pressure On 'Conflict Minerals'

Thu, 2014-02-13 10:01

The maker of the iPhone has announced that its suppliers are no longer using the mineral tantalum sourced from conflict regions. Apple says it is listing all of its smelters and refiners and the status of the minerals they use.

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Russian Star Plushenko Withdraws From Men's Skating

Thu, 2014-02-13 09:12

Evgeni Plushenko wanted to compete one more time in a bid to win an individual gold before his home fans. But recurring back problems appear to have forced him to pull out of the competition. Plushenko, 31, won a gold medal in 2006 and helped his team win a gold this week.

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The 10 Places Where Health Insurance Costs The Least

Thu, 2014-02-13 09:08

What sets these bargain markets apart? They tend to have robust competition among hospitals and doctors, allowing insurers to wrangle lower rates. Many of the best deals are to be had in Minnesota, where managed care has long held prices in check.

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Paula Deen Cooks Up $75 Million Deal With Investor

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:14

The celebrity cook and restaurant owner lost her Food Network gig and many endorsements last year when her past use of a racial slur was revealed. She has apologized many times. Now, a private equity company has come forward with millions of dollars to restart her business empire.

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Robot Construction Workers Take Their Cues From Termites

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:06

Termites are masters of construction in the insect world, working together to construct complex, sky-scraping homes with neither blueprint nor foreman. Harvard engineers have created 8-inch-long robots that can build in the same way — by sensing their environment, and applying a few rules.

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A Closer Look At How Corporations Influence Congress

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:00

Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, has been writing about how corporations work in opaque ways to shape debates. He also explains the revolving door between Congress and lobby groups, and how non-profit think tanks aren't always what they seem.

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With This Year's Flu, Young Adults Are Not So Invincible

Thu, 2014-02-13 07:21

Young people are usually less likely to become seriously ill with flu, but this season looks like an exception to that rule. Blame the H1N1 strain. Even though the flu vaccine is less than perfect, getting a shot each year can make the illness less severe, doctors say.

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With This Year's Flu, Young Adults Are Not So Invincible

Thu, 2014-02-13 07:21

Young people are usually less likely to become seriously ill with flu, but this season looks like an exception to that rule. Blame the H1N1 strain. Even though the flu vaccine is less than perfect, getting a shot each year can make the illness less severe, doctors say.

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How Bad Is It For Fliers Today? Latest 'Misery Map' Shows

Thu, 2014-02-13 06:50

The more red you see on FlightAware.com's graphic, the worse it is for air travelers. The snow and ice storm that's moving up the East Coast has forced airlines to cancel or delay thousands of flights.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Rise, As Do Hopes That Spring Will Bring Better News

Thu, 2014-02-13 06:09

The 339,000 claims for benefits filed last week marked an increase of 8,000 from the week before. Economists are hoping that once winter ends, hiring will pick up.

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Afghans Release 65 Prisoners The U.S. Deems Dangerous

Thu, 2014-02-13 04:55

The men were released over the strong objections of U.S. military commanders, who say the 65 include some who have attacked soldiers and civilians. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai says there isn't enough evidence to justify holding the prisoners.

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WATCH: Cameras Capture Corvettes Being Sucked Into Sinkhole

Thu, 2014-02-13 04:20

Surveillance footage shows the floor opening up beneath some of the iconic cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Other videos, taken with cameras mounted on a small helicopter, show what it's like down in the pit.

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Will Comcast Get Federal OK To Buy Time Warner?

Thu, 2014-02-13 03:45

The nation's No. 1 and No. 2 cable companies would come together if Comcast's plan to buy Time Warner for $45 billion goes through. Before that can happen, though, federal lawyers are expected to consider the effect of such a combination on consumers.

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Ice And Snow Move Into Northeast And New England

Thu, 2014-02-13 03:00

Heavy snow has piled up from the Deep South through the Mid-Atlantic, and states to the north will be getting hit as the day continues. Also in the forecast: Ice, along the I-95 corridor. More than a dozen deaths have been attributed to the storm.

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Storm From The South Takes Aim At East Coast

Thu, 2014-02-13 00:24

Small armies of utility workers labored to turn the lights — and the heat — back on for hundreds of thousands of Southerners. The winter storm that left them without power threatens major cities farther up the East Coast.

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Ancient DNA Ties Native Americans From Two Continents To Clovis

Thu, 2014-02-13 00:03

The mysterious Clovis culture, which appeared in North America about 13,000 years ago, appears to be the forerunner of Native Americans throughout the Americas, a study of DNA evidence suggests. Remains from an infant buried more than 12,000 years ago at a Clovis site in modern Montana held the genetic key.

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'Citizens United' Critics Fight Money With Money

Thu, 2014-02-13 00:02

Four years after the controversial Supreme Court ruling, the meaning of campaign finance reform depends on whom you ask. But those advocating for stronger laws are organizing a long campaign of their own to reduce the political influence of big money.

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