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'Captain America' tops box office for third week

Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and beating formidable contender Johnny Depp. Read more »

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Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters. Read more »

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Communities rally to fight back against heroin

Rachel Snelbaker fought the lonely battle against her daughter's heroin abuse for years, trying to get her into treatment and trying to track her down when she went missing to use drugs. Read more »

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'Touched by an Angel' producer back in series TV

In the decade that "Touched by an Angel" executive producer Martha Williamson has been away from series TV, much has changed. A new golden age has brought more daring shows, from "Mad Men" to... Read more »

Published 13 hours ago

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New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. Read more »

Published April 18, 2014

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Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run... Read more »

Published April 18, 2014

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USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections

Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday. Read more »

Published April 18, 2014

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Police: Student ate more pot than recommended before jumping to his death

A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show — a finding that comes amid... Read more »

Published April 17, 2014

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From 'Unwrapped' to new TV show 'Rewrapped'

Consider the simple but beloved chocolate chip cookie. Now imagine that cookie encrusting a brioche roll tucked around a turkey meatball. Read more »

Published April 17, 2014

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UnitedHealth's 1Q profit tumbles 8 percent

UnitedHealth Group's first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health insurer's performance. Read more »

Published April 17, 2014

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Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground with character's engagement

The title character of television's "Jessie" heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: toward the altar. Read more »

Published April 16, 2014

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T. rex gets new home in Smithsonian dinosaur hall

More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex — the king — is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana. Read more »

Published April 15, 2014

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J&J Q1 net up 8 percent on sales jump, lower costs

Johnson & Johnson says its first-quarter profit rose 8 percent, because of restrained costs and a big jump in prescription drug sales. The world's biggest maker of health care products easily... Read more »

Published April 15, 2014

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Report projects health law's subsidies will cost $1 trillion over 10 years, instead of $1.2 trillion

The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday. Read more »

Published April 14, 2014

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Pro sports becoming more open to paternity leave

When New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was criticized on talk radio for spending three days with his family after the birth of his son, teammates, coaches and opponents leapt to his defense. Read more »

Published April 14, 2014

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Congressional report presses for e-cigarette rules

Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional... Read more »

Published April 14, 2014

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Pro sports becoming more open to paternity leave

rez was on the road with the Cincinnati Reds in 1966 when he got the call that his first child was on the way. There was no discussion about leaving the team to attend Victor's birth, no such thing as paternity leave. Read more »

Published April 14, 2014

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Judge set to issue key Ohio gay marriage ruling

A federal judge is expected to issue what could be the most sweeping ruling yet for gay marriage in Ohio by ordering the state to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in states that allow... Read more »

Published April 14, 2014

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MTV Movie Awards big Hollywood studio plug-fest

Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night's show cemented that change, as clips from anticipated... Read more »

Published April 14, 2014

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'Captain Underpants' tops list of last year's 'challenged' books

The potty humor of "Captain Underpants" children's books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in "The Bluest Eye" would seem to have little in common. Read more »

Published April 13, 2014

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Jared Leto, Jonah Hill win early MTV Movie Awards

Conan O'Brien kicked off the 22nd annual MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night with a challenge to gain 50 celebrity cameos for his opening segment, a shtick with Will Arnett that merged two categories,... Read more »

Published April 13, 2014

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Navajo families receive electricity for first time

Life has become a little easier for Margie and Alvin Tso. Read more »

Published April 13, 2014

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In Uganda, a nurse is accused of spreading HIV

Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected... Read more »

Published April 13, 2014

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Kathleen Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed'

The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system "was just flat out wrong," outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said... Read more »

Published April 13, 2014

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With $41.4 million, 'Captain America' holds off 'Rio 2'

"Captain America" continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as "The Winter Soldier" took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas. Read more »

Published April 13, 2014

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