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Powerball, Mega Millions give state budgets a lift

Updated: 02/23/2014 - The scores of losing players in last week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states' budgets.

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EPA wood-stove proposal prompt rural backlash

Updated: 02/24/2014 - A federal proposal to clean up the smoke from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers.

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Mexico's Sinaloa drug chief arrested

Posted: 02/22/2014 - Mexican authorities are showing the world's most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, to the public at the Mexico City airport after his arrest early Saturday.

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Apple, Samsung fail to settle before March trial

Updated: 02/22/2014 - Apple and Samsung have failed to settle their patent dispute despite a daylong meeting between top Samsung executives and Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted by a mediator earlier this month.

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Police: No sign of injury on body in snowed-over car

Posted: 02/21/2014 - Police say an autopsy showed no sign of injury on the body of a missing woman found inside a car that was parked near Philadelphia's main train station and had a number of parking tickets on the window.

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New politics shop aims to keep Obama, Dems in tune

Posted: 02/21/2014 - Republicans will spend a fortune this year trying to exploit President Barack Obama's political weaknesses in the midterm elections. To try to keep the damage to a minimum, Obama has brought back the White House political office.

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Coal company, feds reach $441,000 settlement

Posted: 02/21/2014 - An eastern Kentucky coal company and the federal government have reached a $441,000 settlement over unpaid civil penalties accrued over more than three years.

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Ag census shows boom in farm sales

Posted: 02/21/2014 - American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined.

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Accident rates improving for older drivers

Posted: 02/20/2014 - Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation's aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they've been proved wrong.

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Ky. high court rejects appeal in oil royalties case

Updated: 02/20/2014 - A decision overturning a $24.7 million jury verdict against Texas-based Atmos Energy will stand after the Kentucky Supreme Court opted not to hear an appeal by landowners who claimed they didn't get their rightful royalties from an oil and gas project.

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Flu season waning; younger adults hit hardest

Posted: 02/20/2014 - As the flu season winds down, health officials say it wasn't as bad as last year and the vaccine worked better. But younger adults were hit harder because of a surge of swine flu.

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NTSB: No problem with controls in fatal UPS crash

Updated: 02/20/2014 - Federal investigators are looking at pilot fatigue, among other issues, as a possible factor in the fatal pre-dawn crash of a UPS cargo jet in Alabama last August.

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