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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 346,000 last week, evidence that the job market is still improving modestly, despite signs of slower growth.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- High-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will be removed from school vending machines and cafeteria lines as soon as next year, replaced with diet drinks, granola bars and other healthier items.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is on the cusp of approving historic immigration legislation offering citizenship to millions in the U.S. illegally and spending billions of dollars to secure the border.
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry is set to address a national convention of anti-abortion activists Thursday little more than a day after a special legislative session failed to approve sweeping restrictions to make abortion all but impossible for many women in the state.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) -- In the final minutes of his life, Odin Lloyd sent a series of texts to his sister.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While preparing to run a draft room for the first time, new Minnesota Timberwolves President Flip Saunders has said on multiple occasions that the closer the draft gets, the more likely it is that teams fall in love with certain players, even in a down draft. It appears that player for Saunders is Indiana guard Victor Oladipo. The Timberwolves enter the draft on Thursday night with two first-round picks and two second-rounders and with a desperate need for perimeter scoring and defense at shooting guard.
MIAMI (AP) — A rare power surge from a pair of veterans lifted the Miami Marlins to their latest victory. Placido Polanco homered for the first time in more than a year and Jeff Mathis hit his first since last August, helping the Marlins overcome a three-run deficit in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. “That just shows you when you start playing better and guys continue to gain confidence, you have a lot of different contributors,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) -- Police have charged Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez with murder and weapons counts in connection with the slaying of a semi-pro football player whose body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home. The charge was revealed Wednesday in Attleboro District Court after Hernandez was arrested at his sprawling North Attleborough home.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Brainerd businessman with a familiar family name is pushing ahead with a bid for Congress as a Republican in the recently competitive 8th District in northern Minnesota. Stewart Mills III, grandson of the founder of Mills Fleet Farm chain of stores, planned to file paperwork Wednesday to raise money toward a challenge to Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan. He set two events in the district to lay out his campaign, including one at the site of a new store in the retail chain. Mills has been eyeing a campaign for months.