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Gunman holding firemen hostage killed; hostages OK

Updated: 04/11/2013 - Authorities say a gunman holding four firefighters in suburban Atlanta has been shot dead by SWAT members and that all the hostages are slightly injured but should be OK.

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Fed divided over when to end stimulus

Posted: 04/10/2013 - Federal Reserve policymakers are divided over when to end extraordinary measures intended to encourage more borrowing and spending to help stimulate the U.S. economy.

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Alert to Congress: Nuclear evacuation may bog down

Posted: 04/10/2013 - A new government report challenges a pillar of planning for disasters at American nuclear power plants. It finds that people living beyond the official 10-mile evacuation zone might be so frightened by the prospect of spreading radiation that they would flee of their own accord, clog roads, and delay the escape of others.

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First lady to visit school impacted by violence

Posted: 04/10/2013 - First Lady Michelle Obama is heading to Chicago to address a conference on gun violence and speak with students at a high school deeply affected by the bloodshed.

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Obama sending Congress long-awaited 2014 budget

Updated: 04/10/2013 - President Barack Obama is sending Congress his long-awaited budget, an effort to achieve an elusive "grand bargain" to tame runaway deficits that have soared above $1 trillion for each of the past four years.

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South Korea says North Korea behind computer crash in March

Posted: 04/10/2013 - South Korea says an initial investigation has found that North Korean government agents were behind a March cyberattack that shut down about 32,000 computers and servers at South Korean broadcasters and banks.

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Student charged in Texas college stabbing attack

Posted: 04/10/2013 - Authorities in suburban Houston say a community college student accused of wounding 14 people in a campus stabbing attack said he had fantasized about stabbing people to death.

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NH jury: Exxon Mobil owes $236M over gas chemical

Updated: 04/10/2013 - An order for Exxon Mobil to pay $236 million in damages for groundwater contamination is by far the largest verdict in New Hampshire history, but an industry analyst says it represents only about two days' worth of profit for the energy company.

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Study: More pollution means more air turbulence

Posted: 04/10/2013 - Researchers say that more pollution is likely to mean bumpier flights for trans-Atlantic travelers, explaining that models show increased turbulence over the north Atlantic as carbon dioxide levels rise.

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Grimes going to Taiwan with secretaries of state

Updated: 04/10/2013 - Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will visit Taiwan on a mission that's being paid for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office.

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10 Things to know for Wednesday

Updated: 04/10/2013 - Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday.

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Amtrak ridership hits record levels in fiscal 2013

Posted: 04/09/2013 - Amtrak says ridership has increased in the first six months of fiscal year 2013, with ridership in March setting a record as the single best month ever in Amtrak's history.

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Microsoft escalates advertising assault on Google

Posted: 04/09/2013 - Microsoft is skewering Google again with scathing ads. The latest marketing assault says as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry's competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals.

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