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Astronauts flee US side of space station but no sign of leak

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a rare scare, astronauts fled the American side of the International Space Station on Wednesday after an alarm indicated a possible toxic leak. NASA later said there was no leak of ammonia coolant and a computer problem likely set off the false alarm.

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Obama criticizes state laws that hurt broadband competition

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Wading into a states' rights dispute over Internet access, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for the repeal of laws that prevent local communities from creating their own broadband networks.

DC Council to consider 'Death with Dignity' bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. Council member wants the nation's capital to join the three states that allow terminally ill people to end their lives with the help of a physician.

CDC pushes for antiviral flu meds

NEW YORK (AP) — In the midst of a worrisome flu season, health officials are pushing doctors to prescribe antiviral medicines more often.

Zimmerman arrested on assault charge

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge.

Hotels offer internet free, tighten policies

NEW YORK — Big changes are coming in 2015 for hotel guests, one will save travelers lots of money and another may cause a few headaches.

GOP focus: Cut deficit, don’t stumble

WASHINGTON — In the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama, GOP leaders will focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget — and oh yes, avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make voters wonder if the party can govern competently.

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Cost of being uninsured rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.

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US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

Fewer barriers could help growers export

Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

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Rat Rods: Vintage vehicles make rusty rides

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) — Peter Duvaloois' rat rods are way cooler than your car.

Senators vote no on spending bill

Walden said measure was a bipartisan compromise

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Ranchers gain ‘big wins’ in fed budget

Walden says $1M in wolf funding is one benefit

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Farmworker families uprooted by California rules

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — A lifetime of moving has taught Claudia Morales to start packing early, because like many 13-year-olds, her room "is always a mess." The hoodies go in her suitcase, but as usual, all her partially completed schoolwork ends up in the trash. Just a week later, Claudia has new notebooks, along with new textbooks, and three bulging suitcases to start unpacking 200 miles away. She does this every year. Twice.

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