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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department. By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Federal Reserve survey showed the U.S. economy expanded in all parts of the country in January and February, helped by strong auto sales, a continued recovery in housing and improved job prospects. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- A powerful snowstorm charged into the nation's capital on Wednesday, dumping heavy, wet flakes on the Mid-Atlantic region, snapping tree limbs and knocking out power to about 100,000 people. By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new poll finds the majority of Minnesotans questioned are against legalizing same-sex marriage. The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll ( http://bit.ly/Xq94hJ ) shows 53 percent of respondents say the state statute banning same-sex unions should stand. Thirty-eight percent say legislators should overturn the law this year and 9 percent are undecided.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's penchant for secrecy has won out over American-style transparency. By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's penchant for secrecy has won out over American-style transparency.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — An Iowa woman is accused of leaving her two young nieces at a hotel in the Twin Cities area while she and a male friend went to a strip club and then a casino. Authorities say hotel staff found the girls, ages 6 and 1, wandering around the Bloomington hotel around midnight last Friday. Police were called to find the couple who had checked in the children. Officers say they found their room littered with dirty diapers and open bottles of alcohol.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A private survey shows U.S. businesses added a solid number of jobs in February, indicating higher taxes and looming government spending cuts have yet to slow hiring. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost. By LARA JAKES AP National Security Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- What record? By JOSEPH PISANI AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- What record?
NEW YORK — The stock market is back. Five and a half years after the start of a frightening drop that erased $11 trillion from stock portfolios and made investors despair of ever getting their money back, the Dow Jones industrial average has regained all the losses suffered during the Great Recession and reached a new high. The blue-chip index rose 125.95 points Tuesday and closed at 14,253.77, topping the previous record of 14,164.53 on Oct. 9, 2007, by 89.24 points.