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New Hampshire lake is Lower 48's only ice runway
ALTON, N.H. (AP) -- Winter on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee means ice fishing, hockey tournaments and, if the ice is strong enough, airplanes....
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Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions
CHICAGO (AP) -- Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities....
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30 struggling Colorado schools have 1 more year to improve
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) -- A Pueblo public school system and a Colorado Springs magnet school are among 30 schools that have one more year to improve state accountability scores or face state sanctions....
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Buffett reflects on his firm's success and strength
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Investor Warren Buffett believes his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will continue to thrive for decades thanks to its vast and varied collection of "remarkable businesses" and investments, which will help it withstand challenges in any one sector....
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Authorities seize 15 tons of marijuana on US-Mexico border
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Federal authorities have seized more than 15 tons of marijuana in a near-record bust at a border crossing in Southern California....
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Los Angeles airport could see delays due to runway project
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles International Airport could face flight delays due to a four-year construction project aimed at increasing the size of safety areas at the ends of its runways....
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Dallas-area ice forces cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights
DALLAS (AP) -- Freezing rain that coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma for the second consecutive day left highways slick and forced the cancellation of another 1,000 flights Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation's biggest airline hubs....
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Crop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A butterfly being considered for federal protection is emblematic of the plight that pollinating insects face in part because farmers, enticed by ethanol mandates, are growing more herbicide-resistant crops, which has stripped millions of acres of crucial plant habitat....
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Judge: Man competent for trial in killings of 3 at meeting
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A man charged with opening fire at during a municipal meeting, killing three people, a year and a half ago is competent to stand trial, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled....
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Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges
NEW YORK (AP) -- The lecture hall had filled quickly. Several students arrived wearing keffiyehs, the traditional Palestinian headscarves, while in the front row, a young man sat draped in the Israeli flag. As the meeting opened, a student government officer reviewed the rules of debate, warning physical confrontations would not be tolerated. "We want this to be safe for everyone," she said....
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Churches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter
BOSTON (AP) -- Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God....
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Man pleads guilty in case of 9-month-old ingesting heroin
WYCKOFF, N.J. (AP) -- A northern New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to child endangerment after his pregnant girlfriend's 9-month-old accidentally ingested heroin last year....
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Youth hockey players escape injury in rink roof collapse
CANTON, Mass. (AP) -- A youth hockey team escaped without injury when part of a snow-weighted roof collapsed at a Massachusetts skating rink....
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NYC ID program starts off with a bang
NEW YORK (AP) -- A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register....
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Wesleyan overdoses happened as school stepped up efforts
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) -- As drug overdoses left two Wesleyan students fighting for their lives, witnesses helped investigators quickly identify the suspects: The drug-dealing was an open secret, according to court documents, even as the university has gotten tougher on drug violations....
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