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Congress passes bipartisan budget agreement

Posted: 12/18/2013 - Congress has sent President Barack Obama bipartisan legislation scaling back across-the-board spending cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system.

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Study backs pets as presents, but holdouts remain

Posted: 12/18/2013 - Animal activists have long warned people not to give pets as holiday gifts, but a national animal welfare group says fears of pets being returned or rejected are unfounded.

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Lawsuit: Fire risk known before Carnival ship sailed

Posted: 12/17/2013 - Documents filed in the past few days in federal court in Miami indicate Carnival Cruise Lines knew about a risk of leaks from engine fuel hoses and recommended precautions before the ill-fated voyage of the Carnival Triumph.

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2 winning tickets in $636M Mega Millions drawing

Updated: 12/18/2013 - Lottery officials say winning tickets have been sold in California and Georgia for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

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Judge rules against NSA

Posted: 12/17/2013 - A federal judge says the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American's telephone records is likely unconstitutional.

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Police decline to re-open probe in Diana's death

Updated: 12/17/2013 - London's police force says there is "no credible evidence" that British special forces were involved in the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed and it will not reopen the investigation.

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Pa. judge to hear Penn State legal defense issue

Posted: 12/17/2013 - A Pennsylvania judge is poised to hear from lawyers for three former Penn State administrators awaiting trial on charges they covered up child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

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Ky. lawmakers file brief in case before high court

Posted: 12/16/2013 - Kentucky's U.S. senators and its five Republican congressmen have inserted themselves into a Supreme Court case, filing a legal brief that challenges environmental regulations on coal-fired power plants.

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Country singer Ray Price dead at 87

Posted: 12/16/2013 - Ray Price, a towering traditional country singer who was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, has died. He was 87.

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Judge deals NSA defeat on bulk phone collection

Posted: 12/16/2013 - A federal judge says the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records violates the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches. The judge put his decision on hold pending a nearly certain government appeal.

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Harvard buildings evacuated over explosives report

Updated: 12/16/2013 - Harvard University says four buildings on its campus outside Boston are being evacuated due to unconfirmed reports of explosives. The school tweeted that there have been no reports of any explosions.

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US lawmakers ask trade czar to stem data threats

Posted: 12/16/2013 - Members of Congress want the Obama administration to demand that U.S. allies back away from proposed restrictions on international data transmissions, saying those actions could hurt U.S. companies.

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