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Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

WASHINGTON — New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients’ diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.

Congress passes bill to stop cut to Medicare docs

WASHINGTON — With just hours to spare, Congress stepped Monday to finalize legislation to prevent doctors who treat Medicare patients from being hit with a 24 percent cut in their payments from the government.

Rearview cameras will be required in new vehicles

WASHINGTON — Years late, the Transportation Department issued a rule Monday that will require rearview technology in all new cars and many light trucks — an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents.

Senator says Caterpillar avoided billions in taxes

WASHINGTON — Calling Caterpillar Inc., a member of the “corporate profit-shifting club,” Sen. Carl Levin accused the manufacturing giant Tuesday of employing an aggressive tax strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.

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NJ Gov. Christie on major push to shed scandal

TRENTON, N.J. — Republican Gov. Chris Christie has spent the past few days putting down traffic cones to separate himself from scandal. The usually garrulous governor and possible 2016 presidential contender had avoided news conferences and interviews for more than two months until Thursday, the day a report he commissioned cleared him of any involvement in the politically motivated plot to create huge traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge last year.

Health law legacy eludes Obama as changes sink in

WASHINGTON — As a roller-coaster sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama’s health care law has indeed managed to change the country. Americans are unlikely to go back to a time when people with medical problems could be denied coverage.

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FBI investigates underground crime ring

California lawmaker involved in Chinatown investigation.

Home demolitions turn Detroit into blank canvas

DETROIT (AP) — The families of Detroit’s Brightmoor area are delighted that the day is finally approaching when bulldozers will arrive to level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community’s future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas.

House votes to limit president on public monuments

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and his successors would see their ability to designate new national monuments limited under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.

HHS grants extra time to enroll for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to avoid sending thousands away empty-handed, the Obama administration has announced that people who started applying for health insurance but aren’t able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time.

Revenue growth slows at Indian casinos

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Spending by gamblers slowed at U.S. Indian casinos in 2012, as revenue growth fell behind non-tribal casinos for the first time in nearly two decades, according to a report released Wednesday.

Obama expresses concern Russia moving on Ukraine

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — With no sign of Russia abandoning the Crimean Peninsula, President Barack Obama said Tuesday he’s concerned that Moscow will move deeper into Ukraine and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that that would be a bad choice.

Justices divided over birth control coverage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers’ religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

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Navajo woman family’s last link to monument land

WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. — Before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajos whose ancestors returned to settle the area after a forced march to an eastern New Mexico internment camp. Slowly, the Navajo families left Wupatki National Monument too, either voluntarily or under pressure by the National Park Service, which sought to eliminate private use of the public land it managed. Only one Navajo woman remains.

NJ teen accused of gaining access to top of WTC

NEW YORK (AP) — A 16-year-old bypassed “inattentive” security in the middle of the night and climbed a ladder to the spire of 1 World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, where he apparently took pictures, authorities said Thursday.

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