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MTA: 1 ½-year or 3-year shutdown for L train repairs
NEW YORK (AP) -- The lone subway tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest, youngest neighborhoods to New York City's commercial heart in Manhattan will either be closed entirely for 18 months, or see extremely limited service for three years, under two possible plans for repairing damage caused by Superstorm Sandy....
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Total of 42 Hanford workers evaluated for chemical exposure
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Officials say the number of workers at Hanford Nuclear Reservation evaluated for chemical vapor exposure has climbed to 42, following reports last month that a tank had leaked several thousand gallons of radioactive waste....
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Powerball jackpot increases to $415 million
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Powerball jackpot has grown even larger....
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Court to hear forced medication appeal in doctor murder case
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether a doctor charged with killing a Yale University physician can be forcibly medicated to render him competent to stand trial....
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Ecuadoreans in US seek immigration help after quake
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ecuadorean immigrants are asking the Obama administration to allow their fellow citizens in the United States illegally to stay here and work while the South American country recovers from a magnitude-7.8 earthquake....
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Detroit teachers ending 2-day sick-out, fighting legislation
DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit schools reopened Wednesday after teachers who had called out sick for two days received assurances from the financially struggling district that they would continue to be paid....
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US gov't says North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights
Legislation has been proposed in states across the country to protect those who - due to religious beliefs - decline to employ or serve certain people. Critics say the laws are aimed at the LGBT community and are discriminatory. Recent laws denounced as discriminatory in North Carolina and Mississippi has prompted a growing backlash from opponents. The US Justice Department said Wednesday that North Carolina's law limiting protections for LGBT people violates federal civil rights l...
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Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Houston-area company
KATY, Texas (AP) -- A man dismissed last month from a Houston-area transportation company stormed into the facility and opened fire on Wednesday, fatally shooting a former co-worker and injuring two others before turning the gun on himself, saying his life had been ruined, sheriff's officials said....
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10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:...
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After Hastert, Illinois weighs change to child sex abuse law
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A state lawmaker and former prosecutor wants to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sex crimes in Illinois, a response to the hush-money case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert....
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Chicago Teachers Union decides against taking strike vote
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Teachers Union has decided against striking over the lack of a contract, for now....
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Judge: Plan for restoring Northwest salmon runs not enough
SEATTLE (AP) -- A massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn't do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Thursday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers and others who hope to someday see four dams on the Snake River breached to make way for the fish....
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Complaint details kidnapping death of girl on Navajo nation
SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) -- On the far side of a desert hilltop in the shadow of the Shiprock Pinnacle, a towering monolith sacred to the Navajo Nation, the stranger ignored the cries of an 11-year-old girl....
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Judge blocks child-care license for family detention center
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A judge has blocked a temporary residential child-care license for one of the nation's largest detention centers for families caught crossing the southern U.S. border illegally....
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US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding....
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