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Poverty rate drops nationally

WASHINGTON — The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation’s economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.

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Pot growers add demand on power grid

SEATTLE — As more marijuana producers move their plants indoors over the next two decades, the grow operations in Washington state are expected to need as much electricity each year as what a small Northwest city consumes, according to an energy forecast by regional power planners.

Chemical bill an uphill battle

Groups pan ‘phony reform’

Doctors say it will take twice as many cases to find origin

Doctors say it will take twice as many cases to find origin

Turkey takeover troubles at Nev. national park

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s only national park needs a Thanksgiving miracle.

House moves to block EPA rule

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said Wednesday that House members have taken steps to stop “yet another regulatory overreach by a federal agency out of control, threatening jobs, threatening private property rights, threatening rural communities and threatening our way of life.”

Can Obama wage war?

President has sanctioned more than 150 airstrikes

$10M contest aims to revitalize rural towns

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — A communications company and a satellite TV network are teaming up to offer $10 million in prize money to dozens of rural communities to help stimulate growth and revitalization in 27 states.

Captured cobra had intact venom glands

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A monocled cobra that roamed a California neighborhood for days could have given a potentially deadly bite, a snake expert said Friday.

Komodo dragon gets acupuncture therapy

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas veterinarians have turned to acupuncture to treat the aching joints of a Komodo dragon at the San Antonio Zoo.

Sage-grouse land rehabilitation could take years

VALE (AP) — It could take a few years to rehabilitate the habitat of sage grouse after wildfires in eastern Oregon this summer, say officials of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Comedian Joan Rivers dies at 81

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

Body of Alaska serial killer’s victim exhumed

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The remains of an unidentified victim of recently deceased Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen were being exhumed from an Anchorage gravesite, 30 years after her killer led authorities to her body near a lake north of the city.

Departments use technology to ID problem officers

LOS ANGELES — Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit — from citizens or the federal government.

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Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

TALLINN, Estonia— President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to "degrade and destroy" the group.

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