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BP rig supervisors challenge manslaughter counts

Updated: 05/31/2013 - Two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster claim the manslaughter counts in their indictment must be dismissed because they don't apply to conduct on a foreign-owned vessel operating outside U.S. territory.

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Trustees say Medicare exhausted in 2026

Updated: 06/03/2013 - The government says Medicare's giant hospital trust will not be exhausted until 2026, while the date that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund is unchanged at 2033.

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EU recommends testing of US wheat after GM find

Posted: 05/31/2013 - The European Union is suggesting that its 27 member states test wheat that comes from the United States after genetically engineered grain was found on a farm in Oregon.

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More heavy storms on tap for the Midwest; 1 dead

Posted: 05/31/2013 - Authorities say a driver died when strong winds knocked a tree onto his car in rural Arkansas as thunder storms and several tornadoes swept through the Midwest.

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Microsoft aims to simplify things with Windows 8.1

Updated: 05/30/2013 - Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows by making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers.

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Applications for US unemployment aid rise to 354K

Posted: 05/30/2013 - The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000, a sign layoffs have increased. Still, the level of applications is consistent with steady hiring.

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US economy grew 2.4 percent in first quarter

Posted: 05/30/2013 - The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.4 percent annual rate from January through March, slightly slower than initially estimated. Consumer spending was stronger than first thought, but businesses restocked more slowly and state and local government spending cuts were deeper.

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China says US hacking claims faulty

Posted: 05/30/2013 - China's Defense Ministry says recent allegations of hacking of Pentagon defense programs are faulty and underestimate China's ability to produce its own defensive weaponry.

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"French kiss" finally enters French dictionary

Posted: 05/30/2013 - After centuries of lacking a French word for the sloppy Gallic export "to French kiss," a verb has finally been given its rightful place in the French dictionary.

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Comey next FBI nominee

Posted: 05/30/2013 - President Barack Obama is set to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey as the next FBI director.

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Probe of well-connected truck stop chain may widen

Posted: 05/30/2013 - The federal investigation into the truck stop chain owned by the family of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam led to its first convictions this week and threatens to widen against employees at Pilot Flying J.

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