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Child care industry cool to free preschool push

Funding all-day preschool programs at schools statewide would force Minnesota child care providers to raise their rates as 4-year-olds abandon their programs for school, industry representatives... Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2015

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Judge: Sect leader's brothers can avoid child labor queries

Two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm, a federal judge ruled... Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2015

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It's a hoot hanging out with owls at this Tokyo cafe

In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can't get enough of it. A pop-up cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online reservations... Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2015

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Standards aim to cut down on salmonella in poultry

The government is pushing the poultry industry to make their chicken and turkey a little safer with new standards aimed at reducing the number of cases of foodborne illness by 50,000 a year. Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2015

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James Taylor, Paul Simon perform at benefit for jazz great

James Taylor and Paul Simon paid tribute to late jazz great Michael Brecker with performances and kind words at a cancer benefit for their friend who died in 2007. Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2015

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Saudi single women challenge tradition in love and marriage

Amna Fatani knows she wants a brilliant career and a life different from that of Saudi women of her mother's generation who married early, usually to a husband not of their own choosing. Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2015

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13-year-old entrepreneur builds Lego printer with $35,000 investment from dad

In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2015

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California lawmakers to pursue right-to-die legislation

California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized story of a young woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2015

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Cancer-causing agent detected in water after pipeline spill

A cancer-causing component of oil has been detected in the drinking water supply of an eastern Montana city just downstream from a crude oil spill that entered the Yellowstone River. Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2015

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Gordon Ramsay loses court battle over $1M rent on London pub

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is facing a real-life kitchen nightmare after a British judge on Tuesday ruled him personally liable for the 640,000-pound ($1 million) annual rent on a London gastropub. Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2015

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Advocates: New Mexico among worst for child poverty

New Mexico continues to rank near the bottom in child poverty and the state has been slow to recover economically and stop the dwindling of resources, a new report said. Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2015

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TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

Kenya Barris, creator of ABC's "black-ish," was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family's efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching... Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2015

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Citizens urge legislative committee to expand Medicaid

A range of citizens and professional groups urged Wyoming lawmakers on Monday to accept federal money to expand the federal Medicaid program to offer health insurance to thousands of low-income... Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2015

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Families support judicial review of mental health decisions

One by one, more than a dozen parents and other family members choked back tears Monday as they urged lawmakers to pass a bill to remove what they say are roadblocks to getting treatment for... Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2015

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Bill aims to drug test some Montana welfare applicants

Certain welfare applicants would be required to take drug tests under proposed legislation in Montana. Read more »

Published Jan. 19, 2015

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Gucci salutes France in first post-Giannini collection

The fashion curtain call is part of the ritual of the runway show, with each designer's personality reflected in that final bow. Read more »

Published Jan. 19, 2015

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Robinson, Chast, Piketty among book critic prize nominees

Novelist Marilynne Robinson, economist Thomas Piketty and cartoonist Roz Chast are among the finalists for National Book Critics Circle prizes. Read more »

Published Jan. 19, 2015

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PBS to make a new drama based on Civil War nurses

PBS is making a Civil War drama focusing on the stories of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict. Read more »

Published Jan. 19, 2015

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Amazon branching out from TV series to movie production

Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Read more »

Published Jan. 19, 2015

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GOP divided over using budget process on health care law

Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama's health care law. Read more »

Published Jan. 19, 2015

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TLC looks to fund final album through Kickstarter campaign

Grammy-winning R&B group TLC is depending on fans to fund the release of their final album through a Kickstarter campaign. Read more »

Published Jan. 19, 2015

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'American Sniper' astounds with $105.3 million over MLK weekend

Clint Eastwood's R-rated Iraq War drama "American Sniper" opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend. Read more »

Published Jan. 19, 2015

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'American Idol' talks of working with 'Empire'

"American Idol" producers have talked about a cross-promotion with "Empire," Fox's hot new series about a music industry family, perhaps getting some of the contestants on the scripted show,... Read more »

Published Jan. 17, 2015

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Student testing: Deciding when enough is enough

Do students take too many tests? Read more »

Published Jan. 17, 2015

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Phoenix woman dies after giving birth to quadruplets

A woman died hours after giving birth to quadruplets at a Phoenix hospital, a close friend of the family said Saturday. Read more »

Published Jan. 17, 2015

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