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Missing plane throws spotlight on passport theft

Posted: 03/18/2014 - When a German tourist refused to surrender his passport as collateral at a car rental stand along a popular beach in the Thai resort city of Phuket, the woman behind the counter pulled out a bag full of passport books to prove he could trust her.

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Congress studies new way to pay to fight big fires

Posted: 03/18/2014 - A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho said Monday.

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An Obama foreign policy sampler

Posted: 03/18/2014 - Seldom has one day captured the breadth, aspirations and limitations of American foreign policy.

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Can classes yield a billion-dollar bracket?

Posted: 03/18/2014 - Warren Buffett looks at his offer to pay $1 billion to anyone who fills out a perfect NCAA tournament bracket as nothing more than a matter of having the numbers in his favor.

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Health care sign-ups hit 5M mark

Posted: 03/18/2014 - The Obama administration says more than 5 million people have signed up for private health insurance under the new health care law.

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Study: spilled W.Va. chemical smells in low dose

Posted: 03/17/2014 - A taxpayer-funded, independent research group says the chemical that spilled into 300,000 West Virginians' water can be smelled in water well below its safe drinking level.

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Lawsuit seeks to end NCAA's 'unlawful cartel'

Posted: 03/17/2014 - A new federal lawsuit claims the National Collegiate Athletic Association should allow college football and basketball players to get some of the money they make for their schools.

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Scrabble to get new word, fans get to vote

Updated: 03/17/2014 - Hasbro says it's working with Merriam-Webster to change the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary for the first time in nine years.

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Study to test 'chocolate' pills for heart health

Posted: 03/17/2014 - It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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St. Pat's parades proceed amid tension over gays

Posted: 03/17/2014 - New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the city's traditional St. Patrick's Day parade over a dispute involving whether march participants can carry pro-gay signs.

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Magnitude-6.7 quake hits Chile's northern coast

Posted: 03/17/2014 - A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook Chile's northern Pacific shore Sunday, and authorities said more than 100,000 people briefly evacuated some coastal areas as a precaution. Only minor damage was reported.

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Will missing jet prompt change in aviation system?

Updated: 03/16/2014 - The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has exposed wide gaps in how the world's airlines — and their regulators — operate. But experts warn this isn't likely to be one of those defining moments that lead to fundamental changes.

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Honda recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans

Updated: 03/15/2014 - Honda Motor Co. is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. because a fuel pump cover can deteriorate and cause a fuel leak.

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Food pantries on the rise at US college campuses

Posted: 03/15/2014 - Days after biology major Gillian Carll arrived at Stony Brook University last fall, she encountered a young woman on a bench outside her dormitory who said she had nothing to eat.

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Officers' body cameras raise privacy concerns

Posted: 03/15/2014 - Thousands of law enforcement agencies are equipping their officers with tiny cameras to record interactions with the public. But the devices are often being rolled out faster than departments can create policies on how they're used.

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Crimea votes on whether to secede from Ukraine

Updated: 03/16/2014 - Billboards throughout the capital of the Ukrainian republic of Crimea proclaim "Together With Russia" today, though a few have been hit by spray-painters who replaced "Russia" with "Ukraine."

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