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Mich. becomes right-to-work state despite protests

Posted: 12/12/2012 - The state House swiftly approved two bills reducing unions' strength Tuesday and Gov. Rick Snyder signed them into law, brushing aside protests from Democrats and thousands of pro-union demonstrators.

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10 Things to know for Wednesday

Updated: 12/12/2012 - Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Wednesday.

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Explosion damages homes, shuts down interstate

Updated: 12/11/2012 - Investigators are still trying to figure out what sparked a natural gas pipeline explosion that destroyed homes, and even a section of interstate.

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Flu season off to earliest start in nearly a decade

Updated: 12/11/2012 - The flu bug is starting to pack more bite in Kentucky, according to the Centers for Disease Control which says the flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade.

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Kentucky's McConnell calls on Democrats to spell out cuts

Posted: 12/11/2012 - The Senate Republican leader is calling on President Barack Obama and Democrats to spell out where they would cut government spending as part of any deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff."

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Fiscal cliff stalemate spurs anxiety in states

Updated: 12/10/2012 - A potential plunge over the federal "fiscal cliff" is causing anxiety for many state officials - not only because of prospective federal funding cuts, but because of the confusion surrounding the ongoing stalemate in Washington.

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FBI: Hate crimes down slightly in 2011

Updated: 12/11/2012 - The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported to police in 2011 declined slightly compared to the previous year.

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Obama asks for $60.4 billion in Sandy aid

Posted: 12/07/2012 - President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October.

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Sandusky seeks less harsh prison setting

Posted: 12/07/2012 - A lawyer for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says his client has gotten his fighting spirit back after his child abuse conviction and sentencing.

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McConnell: Obama unwilling to compromise over fiscal cliff

Updated: 12/07/2012 - The U.S. Senate's top Republican is accusing President Barack Obama of showing no willingness to compromise in high-stakes negotiations to avoid a looming combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts.

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Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases

Updated: 12/07/2012 - The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.

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U.S. consumer borrowing rises to record high

Updated: 12/07/2012 - Americans swiped their credit cards more often in October and borrowed more to attend school and buy cars. The increases drove U.S. consumer debt to an all-time high.

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