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Senate approves huge 2013 spending bill

Updated: 03/21/2013 - Federal meat inspectors would be spared furloughs, but more than 100 smaller air traffic facilities throughout the country could still be closed.

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Arson convictions challenged over fire science

Updated: 03/21/2013 - Authorities in Texas and several other states are beginning to re-examine old arson cases in which defendants may have been convicted with questionable scientific evidence.

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Survey: Low-wage workers missing out on training

Updated: 03/21/2013 - As they struggle to get ahead, many low-wage workers are not taking advantage of job training or educational programs that could help them make the leap to a better-paying job.

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Senate approves huge 2013 spending bill

Posted: 03/20/2013 - The Senate has passed a huge spending bill to keep the government open through the end of September, preventing a government shutdown but leaving in place automatic spending cuts that will mean job furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers.

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10 Things to know for Thursday

Updated: 03/21/2013 - Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday.

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Grimes coy about potential run for US Senate

Updated: 03/20/2013 - LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes still isn't saying whether she's seriously considering a U.S. Senate bid.

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Police: Bus shooting suspect holding child hostage

Posted: 03/20/2013 - Police in northern Indiana say officers have gathered around a home where a man suspected of killing a bus passenger earlier in the day is holding a child hostage.

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Yankees, Red Sox to honor Newtown victims

Posted: 03/20/2013 - The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will honor the community of Newtown and the memory of those killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School when the teams play opening day April 1 at Yankee Stadium.

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Landmark gun bills signed in Colo.

Updated: 03/20/2013 - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed bills placing new restrictions on firearms exactly eight months after dozens of people were shot in a movie theater in suburban Denver.

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Obama arrives in Israel

Posted: 03/20/2013 - President Barack Obama has arrived in Israel, his first trip to the nation as president.

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8th Marine dies after Nevada mortar explosion

Updated: 03/20/2013 - A Veterans of Foreign Wars official says an eighth Marine has died after a mortar shell explosion during mountain warfare training in Nevada's high desert.

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3 Ky. airports among planned control tower shutdown

Updated: 03/16/2013 - The planned shutdown of as many as 238 air traffic control towers across the country under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own. Three Kentucky airports are among the those slated for closure of their control towers.

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Reality Check: Who's the new Pope?

Posted: 03/13/2013 - The new pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is 76, has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.

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