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EU Parliament bans menthol, targets e-cigarettes

Posted: 10/08/2013 - European lawmakers have approved sweeping new regulations to curb smoking, including limits on electronic cigarettes, bigger warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on menthol.

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Senate Dems to try passing debt ceiling increase

Posted: 10/08/2013 - Democrats who control the Senate will try as early as today to pass a stand-alone measure to raise the government's borrowing ability, giving it enough credit until next year's elections.

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FAA brings back some workers as shutdown drags on

Updated: 10/08/2013 - Federal Aviation Administration officials say 800 furloughed employees, including some safety inspectors, are being asked to return to work this week despite no end in sight to the partial government shutdown.

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Donors pledge up to $10 million to help Head Start

Posted: 10/07/2013 - The National Head Start Association says a pledge of up to $10 million from two Houston philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs running during the federal government shutdown.

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Eastern Ky. attorney refuses to testify at disability fraud hearing

Updated: 10/07/2013 - Pleading his fifth amendment rights, a Kentucky attorney accused of scheming with a retired Social Security judge to improperly award disability benefits to hundreds of applicants refused to testify before Congressional lawmakers Monday night.

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Carter: Feds need to invest in affordable housing

Posted: 10/07/2013 - Former President Jimmy Carter says he would work as harmoniously as he could with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to secure more federal funding for affordable housing if he were back in the White House.

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Philadelphia anchor under fire for shooting tweet

Posted: 10/07/2013 - A Philadelphia TV news anchor is being criticized for trying to get her Twitter followers to watch the station's coverage of a deadly shooting by comparing it to "Breaking Bad."

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'60 Minutes' investigates disability fraud in the US

Updated: 10/07/2013 - A US Senate hearing will take place Monday on an Eastern Kentucky lawyer accused of defrauding the government out of millions of dollars in bogus Social Security disability claims.

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Midwest lawmakers: Don't blame me for shutdown

Posted: 10/06/2013 - Republicans in the Midwest would like you to know something about the government shutdown that closed the national parks and put 800,000 workers on the street: They had nothing to do with it. Please don't blame them.

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Boy boards plane at Minn. airport without ticket

Posted: 10/06/2013 - A 9-year-old Minneapolis boy was able to get through security and onto a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a ticket, an airport spokesman said Sunday.

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Political, popular obstacles block pension changes

Posted: 10/06/2013 - Detroit's bankruptcy is casting a shadow over a long list of cities facing similar challenges of changing populations, waning industries, crushing debt and surging pension costs.

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LA students get iPads, start playing video games

Updated: 10/05/2013 - Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out.

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Government doors closed, but workers may get paid

Updated: 10/05/2013 - The weekly media messages from President Barack Obama and the Republicans focus on the budget showdown but don't break any new ground on a weekend where no breakthroughs are expected.

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