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NH, RI, NJ buck trend, propose cigarette tax cut

Posted: 03/18/2011 - New Hampshire, New Jersey and Rhode Island are bucking a national trend of raising cigarette taxes and have considered reducing theirs in the hopes of drawing smokers from other states and increasing revenue.

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United flight skids off Ohio runway, no one hurt

Posted: 03/18/2011 - A United Airlines commuter flight from Chicago has skidded off a runway into muddy grass after landing at an Ohio airport. An airline spokesman says there were no injuries.

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Rams, Roadrunners get into field of 64

Posted: 03/17/2011 - The NCAA men's basketball tournament is down to 64 teams, and now it's time for two full days of madness. Virginia Commonwealth and Texas-San Antonio are moving into the 64-team field that begins play today with 16 games.

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Officials investigate infections at Minn. hospital

Posted: 03/17/2011 - A Minnesota hospital says it has suspended a nurse pending an investigation into whether the nurse inadvertently introduced unusual bacterial infections into more than 20 patients while stealing pain medication from IV bags.

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Official: 30 killed in fight for key Libyan city

Posted: 03/17/2011 - A senior hospital official tells The Associated Press that 30 people have been killed since Tuesday night in fighting for the gateway to rebel-held territory.

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'Dumping' flights on hold in Japan

Updated: 03/17/2011 - Japanese officials have suspended army helicopter flights that were dumping water on an overheated nuclear reactor while they evaluate whether the unusual effort has worked.

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Libyan forces bombard rebels in the east and west

Updated: 03/16/2011 - Moammar Gadhafi's forces have been hammering rebels in the east and the west as the Libyan leader intensifies his offensive to retake control of the country he has ruled for more than four decades.

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Prices up 1.6 percent on steep rise in food

Posted: 03/16/2011 - Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years. Excluding those volatile categories, inflation was tame.

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Obama reviews Japan disaster aid

Posted: 03/16/2011 - President Barack Obama is reviewing the aid the U.S. is providing Japan as the Asian nation tries to recover from last week's massive earthquake and tsunami.

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Official death toll rises

Posted: 03/16/2011 - The official count of the dead in Japan's earthquake and tsunami is nearing 3,700, but that could be just a fraction of the actual number.

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Situation at nuclear plant unclear

Posted: 03/16/2011 - It's not clear exactly what is going on at a nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, but conditions there appear to be worsening.

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McCain upbeat on Afghan war's progress

Posted: 03/15/2011 - With the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan offering Congress his first formal assessment of the war in Afghanistan, a leading Republican is asserting that the U.S. and its NATO allies are turning around the conflict.

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Death toll rises, survivors found

Posted: 03/15/2011 - The death toll following Friday's earthquake and tsunami has risen above 3,300, although officials expect at least 10,000 dead from one province alone.

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More troubles for Japanese nuclear plant

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Even though the fire at a Japanese reactor has been out for some time, officials say the water in a fuel storage pond might still be boiling.

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FEMA shifts course on flood map modeling

Updated: 03/11/2011 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will take a second look at the flood risk of communities without federal flood protection before it gives final approval to new flood risk maps.

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Obama voices condolences

Posted: 03/11/2011 - President Barack Obama has voiced condolences for the people who perished in the earthquake in Japan, saying the United States "stands ready to help" in any way it can.

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8.9 magnitude quake strikes Japan

Posted: 03/11/2011 - A rising death toll is in the dozens in the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that hit the northern part of Japan.

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Soggy Northeast fights rain, worries about floods

Posted: 03/10/2011 - Flood watches are in effect across much of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York as rain moves in and threatens to raise already swollen waterways out of their banks.

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2 journalists missing in Libya

Posted: 03/10/2011 - Britain's Guardian newspaper says one of its correspondents went missing in Libya along with a Brazilian journalist traveling with him.

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