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WASHINGTON (AP) -- With fewer than 100 days before uninsured Americans can sign up for health care, the Obama administration says it's gearing up with new call centers, a revamped website - and a call to the NFL.
NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Deen will appear on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, according to host Matt Lauer. Lauer's announcement came Monday, three days after the celebrity cook abruptly canceled on the morning show, where she was scheduled to answer questions about her past use of racial slurs. Lauer said Deen "told us she will be here this time." While questioned last month in a discrimination lawsuit, the 66-year-old Food Network star admitted to using the N-word in the past, but she insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice. D
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has sent a Texas case on race-based college admissions back to a lower court for another look. The court's 7-1 decision Monday leaves unsettled many of the basic questions about the continued use of race as a factor in college admissions. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, says a federal appeals court needs to subject the University of Texas admission plan to the highest level of judicial scrutiny.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to Environmental Protection Agency decisions allowing an increase in ethanol content in gasoline. The justices on Monday left in place a federal appeals court ruling that dismissed challenges by trade associations - representing the oil industry, food producers, restaurants and others - to EPA decisions allowing a gasoline blend of up to 15 percent ethanol. The national gasoline supply is largely a blend with 10 percent ethanol.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for Twinkies when they return to shelves next month.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a dilemma for drivers: Do they choose a gasoline that's cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy says the number of Minnesota customers without power is down to about 60,000. The Minneapolis-based utility has been working for days to restore power following a series of severe thunderstorms that swept through Minnesota and western Wisconsin from Friday to early Saturday. At the peak of outages more than 550,000 Xcel Energy customers were without service.
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. (AP) -- Nik Wallenda studied the plunging walls of the Little Colorado River Gorge before stepping out on a quarter-mile tightrope cable. "Whoo! That's an amazing view."
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nelson Mandela's condition in a Pretoria hospital remained critical for a second straight day Monday, said South Africa's president who described the stricken anti-apartheid hero as being "asleep" when he visited Mandela the previous evening
MOSCOW (AP) -- A plane took off from Moscow Monday headed for Cuba, but the seat booked by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was empty, and there was no sign of him elsewhere on board.