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Obama praises Italian leader's economic efforts

Feb 9, 2012

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager for Europe to contain its economic troubles, President Barack Obama praised Italian Premier Mario Monti on Thursday for his efforts to lead Italy out of its fiscal quagmire. The president said Monti has boosted confidence in Italy ...

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Fla. mogul, facing trial, adopts his girlfriend

Feb 9, 2012

By MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The story already had people's attention: A multimillionaire polo magnate was accused of causing a drunken-driving wreck that killed a young man. But now, with his criminal trial approaching, a strange twist has raised even more ...

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House bill delays rail safety mandate

Feb 9, 2012

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-sought safety feature that Congress required after a deadly 2008 rail crash would be delayed for five years under legislation that the House is expected to take up next week.

Shortly after a train collision near Chatsworth, Calif.,

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FBI file: Steve Jobs was considered for govt post

Feb 9, 2012

By PETE YOST, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI background interviews of some people who knew Apple co-founder Steve Jobs reveal a man driven by power and alienating some of the people who worked with him.

In the FBI documents released Thursday, many of those who knew Jobs praised him,

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US rallies 'Friends of Syria' for meeting

Feb 9, 2012

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is working with its European and Arab allies to organize the inaugural meeting of the "Friends of Syria" to explore ways to further isolate President Bashar Assad, support his foes and end ongoing violence.

The State ...

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Romantic rival testifies at U.Va. murder trial

Feb 9, 2012

By STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The romantic rival of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend testified Thursday that he saw the defendant with his arm around her neck months before her death.

Mike Burns talked about the ...

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Emergency exercise preceded Ind. fair disaster

Feb 9, 2012

By CHARLES WILSON, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — High winds. Lightning. Hail. A severe thunderstorm warning. A huge crowd waits for country duo Sugarland to take the stage.

That exact scenario ahead of last summer's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair was eerily foreshadowed ...

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Thousands join first lady for 'Let's Move' outing

Feb 9, 2012

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wild arm swings, sharp robotic turns, pulsing fist pumps.

Michelle Obama busted out a few new moves Thursday to mark the second anniversary of her campaign against childhood obesity with a few new friends — 14,000 or so, it turns out.

The ...

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Audit clears State Department in Keystone review

Feb 9, 2012

By DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department's internal watchdog cleared the agency Thursday of any impropriety in its review of a permit for a controversial pipeline that that would carry Canadian oil produced from tar sands to refineries along the Texas Gulf coast.

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Okla. governor delays execution for 30 days

Feb 9, 2012

By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin issued a 30-day stay of execution Thursday for a death-row inmate who had been scheduled to die next week for the 1986 murder of the mother of his two children.

Fallin, a Republican, issued the stay for 55-year-old ...

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Feds require consumer-friendly health plan briefs

Feb 9, 2012

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't have the slightest clue what your health insurance covers?

The Obama administration says that's going to change. Officials announced Thursday that starting later this year private health plans will have to provide consumers with ...

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White House to promote more positive jobs outlook

Feb 9, 2012

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is lauding a rosier election-year economic forecast, predicting the economy could add two million jobs this year. But the upbeat projection is based partly on the shaky premise that Congress will sign off on President Barack Obama's ...

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Miss high court hears challenge to Barbour pardons

Feb 9, 2012

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Feuding attorneys asked the Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday to determine the validity of pardons that Haley Barbour gave to convicted killers and other convicts during his final days as governor.

Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr.

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Mich. governor ties extra school cash to learning

Feb 9, 2012

By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN, Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's governor said Thursday that the state should capitalize on its brightest economic outlook in a decade by opening its checkbook to school districts — but only those that can show their students actually are learning from year ...

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Quarterly loss hits $3.3B at Postal Service

Feb 9, 2012

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service's quarterly loss ballooned to $3.3 billion amid declining mail volume and the soaring costs of health benefits for future retirees.

From October through December 2011, losses were $3 ...

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British man wanted in '93 heist nabbed in Missouri

Feb 9, 2012

By MARIA SUDEKUM FISHER, Associated Press

OZARK, Mo. (AP) — A British armored car guard suspected of driving off with a fortune worth $1.5 million back in 1993 has been captured in rural Missouri, where he had been working as a cable guy and raising a son who apparently knew nothing of his ...

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McCain: US must act to help Syrians under siege

Feb 9, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain says the United States should find ways to help the Syrian people under siege from President Bashar Assad, without putting American "boots on the ground."

McCain tells "CBS This Morning" there are several options available, ranging from medical care and technical ...

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Leaving 'No Child' law: Obama lets 10 states flee

Feb 9, 2012

By BEN FELLER and KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It could be the beginning of the end for No Child Left Behind.

The goal was lofty: Get all children up to par in math and reading by 2014. But the nation isn't getting there, and now some states are getting out.

In a sign of ...

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Hold the mystery meat: Military food gets upgrade

Feb 9, 2012

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hold the mystery meat: Military bases will soon be serving more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dishes under the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition standards across the armed services.

First lady Michelle Obama and Pentagon officials ...

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GOP report questions Guantanamo detainee releases

Feb 9, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing domestic political pressures, the Bush and Obama administrations released or transferred 600 terror suspects deemed an acceptable threat from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, only to find that 27 percent re-engaged in terrorist or ...

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