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Last dry town in Conn. reconsiders

HARTFORD, Conn. — The last dry town in Connecticut is considering whether to give up on Prohibition.

Study finds overdiagnosis of thyroid cancer

CHICAGO — A dramatic rise in thyroid cancer has resulted from overdiagnosis and treatment of tumors too small to ever cause harm, according to a study that found cases nearly tripled since 1975.

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Rare disease cripples children in California

Any child showing a sudden onset of weakness in their limbs or symptoms of paralysis should be immediately seen by a doctor.

Tribal killing suspect target of probe

ALTURAS, Calif. — The woman who police say killed three family members and a worker at the headquarters building for an Indian tribe that was evicting her and her son from its land was the target of a federal investigation into at least $50,000 in missing tribal funds.

Team focuses on regional housing

Officials: Housing is an economic barrier

Los Angeles bishop kept altar boy list from police

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Los Angeles police were investigating allegations of child abuse by a Roman Catholic priest in 1988, they asked for a list of altar boys at the last parish where the priest worked.

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Older Americans are early health law winners

CHICAGO — For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They’re unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis.

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MRE’s holy grail: pizza that lasts for years

NATICK, Mass. — They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for as long as three years and still remain good to eat.

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GOP to advance ‘clean’ debt limit hike

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday that the House will vote this week to increase in the government’s borrowing cap without any add-ons demanded by Republicans.

Heart-warming messages etched in snow

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Huge messages left in the snow on the frozen Mississippi River are giving patients at St. Cloud Hospital a lift.

US economy may be stuck in slow lane for long run

Weak reports on jobs raise doubts about 2014 growth

News gathering drones raise regulatory issues

HARTFORD, Conn. — As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage.

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What’s for dinner? Farm bill has big impact

About 15 percent of farm bill money goes to farmers

Wyden: Tax overhaul takes top priority

Sen. Ron Wyden, the incoming chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Friday his first priority in the job will be overhauling the nation’s tax system, which he called a “dysfunctional, rotten mess.” In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Wyden said he was inspired by the bipartisan income tax changes of 1986, when former Oregon Republican Sen. Bob Packwood was Senate Finance chairman and Ronald Reagan was president.

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Social media erupts over ‘Biggest Loser’

Confidence was key, says Frederickson

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