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By Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Feb 28 (Reuters) – If this week was any indication, Republicans could spend much of the 2016 presidential election attacking Democrats as weak on national security, rather than focusing on the economic concerns that have preoccupied voters in recent years. The shift reflects a changing political landscape as the U.S. economy has steadily added jobs while gruesome beheading videos by Islamic State and increasing conflict in countries such as Syria and Libya have revived Americans’ concerns about security threats.

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Mathematical! The land of Ooo is now coming to a theater near you. According to Deadline, the hit Cartoon Network show “Adventure Time” is being developed by Warner Bros. as an animated feature .

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The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell argue that federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) are lawful only in states which have set up their own health care exchanges

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By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu took his campaign against a nuclear deal with Iran to Jerusalem’s sacred Western Wall on Saturday, on the eve of his departure to Washington to address Congress on the issue. His rare pilgrimage to one of Judaism’s holiest sites was highly symbolic — and political — an apparent attempt by Netanyahu, two weeks before a national election, to portray a U.S

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Rand Paul Wins 2015 CPAC Straw Poll

28Feb

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) won the straw poll vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday

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How does one break into Hollywood? For buzzy star Margot Robbie, it’s by slapping one of the world’s most famous celebrities. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, the star opened up about the untraditional audition that led to her career-launching role as the wife of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in “Wolf of Wall Street.” More..

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When Mary Nelson started working at a restaurant in Honolulu last year, she hid in the back as a dishwasher. Despite her lively personality and quick humor, she was too intimidated to interact with the customers, so for the first six months of the job, she washed dishes. More..

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MOSCOW (AP) — Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov’s killing follows the slaying over the past decade of several other high-profile critics of President Vladimir Putin and his policies. Here is a look at some of the best-known cases. 1.

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U.S. military branches share photos from around the globe to Flickr accounts, giving us a unique look into the day-to-day lives of military personnel. During the month of February, the images came from San Diego, Germany, Kuwait and everywhere in between.

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WASHINGTON — It could hardly have been a more perfect storm, and it was all because of a single question in a routine briefing. On Feb. 19, U.S.

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican mayor of the California city of Fresno has decided not to run for the United States Senate, an adviser said

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Sword swallowers will be sharpening their resolve and their blades today because it’s World Sword Swallowers Day. Now in its eighth year, World Sword Swallowers Day is when blade gobblers gather at 13 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditoriums to gobble blades at exactly 2:28 p.m. local time.

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By Alexander Winning and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Thousands of stunned Russians laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on the bridge where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin, a murder that showed the risks of speaking out against President Vladimir Putin. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across the bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, just before midnight on Friday, police said. Police sealed off the blood-stained bridge close to the red walls of the Kremlin and Red Square for two hours overnight, then hosed it down as people came to pay tribute to one of Putin’s biggest opponents over Russia’s role in Ukraine

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Residents in a remote area of southern Missouri are trying to come to grips with what could cause a man to kill seven people, including four of his own relatives, in a nighttime shooting spree that spanned four homes. The shooter, identified by authorities as 36-year-old Joseph Jesse Aldridge, used a .45-caliber handgun to kill two people each at three homes, one person at another, and then himself, in a reign of violence that began late Thursday night. All of the victims lived in or near the tiny, unincorporated town of Tyrone in the rolling hills of Missouri’s Ozarks region, about 40 miles from the Arkansas border.

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In a few days, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will mount the podium of the US Congress to speak before a joint session of the House and Senate. He will use the occasion to blast Iran and issue dire warnings about the current US-led negotiations designed to limit Iran’s nuclear program. Having successfully used his two previous appearances before Congress to announce his intent to scuttle the Oslo peace process (1996) and to sabotage President Obama’s plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks (2011), Netanyahu apparently hopes to use this address to stiffen the resolve of those in Congress who are opposed to the current negotiations with Iran

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Michelle Forsythe is the Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of NoteStream . A life-long, self-driven learner, she has achieved success through the underrated power of asking “Why not?” Her early years found her working in the family restaurant in such glamorous jobs as food prep and bus girl, giving rise to a respect for team building, diligence and hard work. Since then Mrs.

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WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the “brutal murder” of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and called for a full investigation into the killing. “The United States condemns the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov, and we call upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his murder and ensure that those responsible for this vicious killing are brought to justice,” Obama said in a statement

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A South Dakota lawmaker thinks that the Common Core State Standards may have contributed to the deaths of Native American kids. The Common Core, a set of education standards that have been adopted in a majority of states, is designed to make sure students around the country are being held to the same benchmarks

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Oh, what we would give to have been a fly on the wall at the rehearsal dinner of Seth Meyers and his now-wife Alexi Ashe . On Thursday, Will Forte stopped by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” to promote his new show “Last Man On Earth.” While there, the pair reminisced about the pre-wedding dinner in 2013 where Forte made an inappropriate and yet oh-so entertaining wedding toast as his creepy and racist “SNL” character Hamilton Whiteman . More..

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On Friday afternoon, House Republicans said no to a funding bill that would have kept the Department of Homeland Security in business for another three weeks.

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Still oohing over Scarlett Johansson’s dramatic collar necklace and ahhing about Jennifer Aniston’s leggy look? Adam Glassman , Creative Director at O, The Oprah Magazine , breaks down the three red carpet trends from the 2015 award season that we all should try — and the one look that should never be replicated.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a one-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department, keeping the agency open after a showdown that went right up to the brink. Obama signed the bill late Friday, just minutes before the midnight deadline.

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The U.S. Department of Education, under fire for its lackluster oversight of student loan contractors, said Friday it will terminate its relationship with five debt collectors after accusing them of misleading distressed borrowers at “unacceptably high rates.” The surprise announcement follows years of complaints about allegedly illegal debt-collection practices by Education Department contractors, the department’s seeming lack of interest in ensuring that borrowers are treated fairly, and the relative opacity of the entire operation. More..

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WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Friday night to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, so they can come back and have the same fight in a week. The vote was the result of a divide between Republicans in the House and Senate over whether to surrender now or hold out for one more week. The GOP had been hoping to use the DHS funding battle to block President Barack Obama’s latest executive actions on immigration .

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LOS ANGELES, Feb 27 (Reuters) – U.S. customs officers at a California border crossing seized more than 15 tons of marijuana hidden inside a tractor-trailer shipment designated as a cargo of mattresses, the biggest narcotics bust ever at that port of entry, officials said on Friday

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In the midst of war and heightened nationalism in Ukraine, many demonstrators who participated in protests at Maidan Square just one year ago are gripped with a profound sense of shock and wonder what has happened to their country.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The $150,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong’o that was stolen two days ago was returned on Friday by the thief, who tipped off celebrity news site TMZ.com after finding out that the pearls on the dress were fake. TMZ said the thief took the Calvin Klein dress from Nyong’o’s hotel room on Wednesday after finding the door ajar.

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From an early age, Sister Joan Chittister says she felt called to be a nun. Since then, she has become an outspoken religious scholar, a fierce advocate for social justice and women’s rights, the author of nearly 50 books and one of the most influential spiritual leaders today

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Feb 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress was scrambling before a deadline at midnight on Friday to pass a $39.7 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with securing U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters.

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Still oohing over Scarlett Johansson’s dramatic green statement necklace and ahhing about Jennifer Aniston’s leggy look? Adam Glassman , Creative Director at O, The Oprah Magazine , breaks down the three red carpet trends from the 2015 award season that everyone should try — and the one look that should never be replicated

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Life before Snapchat and Candy Crush was clearly really boring.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A determined band of supporters of Sen

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In just three years, Tiffany Anderson has helped turn around one of lowest performing school districts in Missouri. In 2010, failing test scores and low attendance rates put Jennings School District on the verge of losing its accreditation and at risk for being taken over by the state

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It’s hard to imagine “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” without Lisa Rinna now, but had she listened to hubby Harry Hamlin, she might never have appeared on the hit reality show. In a “Live! With Kelly and Michael” interview Wednesday, the reality star revealed that Hamlin initially had some reservations about her joining the Bravo series this season.

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Germany is full of beautiful cities, such as Berlin , with its cosmopolitan flair and bustling art scene; Leipzig with its architectural diversity and inspiring revolutionary spirit; and Frankfurt, otherwise known as Mainhattan, for its incredible museums and breathtaking parks. More…

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage Friday, despite some speculation in recent days that he may be warming to the idea of marriage equality

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Dear Kennedy, Things abruptly changed for you about six months ago when your little sister got out of mommy’s belly and came home from the hospital with us. You were used to having mommy and daddy all to yourself. You and I spent all summer together

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“Do you want me at the piano,” Alexa Ray Joel asks in a kitten voice several times during her set at the Café Carlyle. Eager to please, in her low cut dress and cascading curls, she sings her own compositions, with one or two exceptions she’s tailored the lyrics to: “How Lovely to be a Woman,” her favorite song Ann Margret sings in Bye Bye Birdie. Aside from her father, Billy Joel, Randy Newman is her favorite songwriter; Stevie Wonder is her favorite singer.

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Couldn’t get enough of Meryl Streep singing in “Into the Woods”? Lucky for you, there’s more

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The list of accusations leveled at Bill O’Reilly grows by the day.

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WASHINGTON — The Senate approved funding for the Department of Homeland Security on Friday morning, less than 24 hours before a shutdown. But the shutdown has not been averted quite yet. At the same time as the Senate approved its bill, House Republicans proceeded with a bill that would fund DHS for three weeks, so they can continue to push the Senate to cooperate with their efforts to gut President Barack Obama’s immigration policies as part of a longer-term bill for the department

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Madison, Wisconsin just claimed the top spot on Milken Institute’s Best Cities For Successful Aging list for large metros . Yes, Madison, with its annual average snowfall of more than 50 inches. While that probably sounds pretty inviting to most Bostonians right now as they shovel out from under more than six feet of the white stuff they’ve gotten in recent weeks, whatever happened to the Sunbelt as the top retirement destination

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What if you could julienne, grate, shred, peel and make decorative cuts with only one vegetable peeler? What if that peeler was ridiculously cheap, lighter than your phone and small enough to fit in your pocket? It may sound like a fantasy kitchen gadget, but this peeler exists — and it can be yours for next to nothing.

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Brie Cheese Recipes That Make Us Melt

27Feb

One of the greatest things the French ever gave us (besides pastries, of course ) is cheese.

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There are only so many cups of coffee we can drink in a 24-hour period before we begin to worry about the extent of our addiction. Realizing that we probably shouldn’t have another refill is a difficult part of the day, but we’ve found a work around: coffee-flavored foods.

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Slow cookers are known for making dinners easy to put together — not to mention desserts , hot chocolate AND nachos . Throw a couple ingredients into the pot in the morning and forget about it until you walk through the door at night. Easy peasy

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Pope Francis’ finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances. Italian weekly L’Espresso reported in its Friday editions that Cardinal George Pell’s economy secretariat had run up a half-million euros (dollars) in expenses in the first six months of its existence. The total includes seemingly legitimate expenses, including computers and printers, but also a 2,508 euro bill from the famed Gamarelli clergy tailor

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The military just shot the elephant in the room. Hours after two llamas wreaked havoc on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona Thursday, the United States Northern Command answered the questions on everyone’s minds: Who were the llamas working for?

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Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86. Lloyd’s alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death

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No dog will ever replace Schoep. The adorable, arthritic dog became an Internet sensation in 2013 when photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson snapped a photo of Schoep and his human , John Unger, embracing in the waters of Lake Superior. Unger regularly waded in the water with Schoep to relieve the aging pooch’s arthritis

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A Texas state lawmaker proposes giving fetuses legal representation when the mother is brain-dead. State Rep

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) used her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to focus on veterans’ issues, a sharp departure from the more relentless Obama bashing she has delivered at CPACs past.

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Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckhard in a sequel to “Blade Runner.” Alcon Entertainment announced the news in a press release, while also touting that Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”) would replace Ridley Scott in the director’s chair. Scott, who directed the acclaimed first film, is still on board as executive producer

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WASHINGTON — It’s been almost 50 years since the historic civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, and Congress is ready to celebrate the people who made it possible. Lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the thousands who marched on Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday and the final stretch of the 54 miles from Selma to Montgomery — the movement that served as the catalyst for passage of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. More..

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People on social media pilloried them as the “measles family” after they became infected with the virus during their Disneyland vacation and brought the disease back to their hometown of Kearny, Arizona. Now, after exposing an estimated 1,000 people to the virus, Jannae Yslas-Roach, a 32-year-old mother of four, explained her family’s side of the story in an in-depth interview with The Arizona Republic about the family’s ordeal.

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Kanye West took the Twitter on Thursday to apologize to Beck for blasting the singer at the Grammys. I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck.

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When producer Adi Shankar’s dark “Power Rangers” fan film spread like wildfire on the Internet, racking up millions of views and shares, it was closely followed by copyright complaints from Saban Entertainment, the company that owns the franchise. First Vimeo took the video down on Wednesday, and YouTube followed suit on Thursday.

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For the group that puts on an art show called “DAMNED: An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness,” an abandoned church seems like an appropriate venue. But hosting in 5 acres of Hell is even more fitting.

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WASHINGTON — A Nevada state Senate committee considered a controversial package of gun-rights provisions on Wednesday, just a day before the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death . The Nevada legislation includes a provision that would allow people who feel threatened in their cars to defend themselves using deadly force; a provision that would grant immunity from civil lawsuits when a shooting is ruled justified; and a provision that would allow people with a concealed weapon permit from any state to carry their weapon in Nevada for up to 60 days. It also includes a provision that would make it illegal for anyone convicted of domestic violence to own a gun

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After stints in Boston and Brooklyn, Kevin Garnett officially rejoined the first NBA team he ever played for on Wednesday. And as is required by federal law, that team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, created a video montage of their former star during the good old days, placed its over an emotional backing track, dimmed the lights and played said montage in hopes of an emotional moment during team introductions.

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CHICAGO (AP) — If Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is going to have a shot at upsetting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in an April runoff, he’ll need to quickly solidify a coalition of minorities, union members and progressives reminiscent of one that buoyed his mentor, Harold Washington, the city’s first black mayor. Emanuel enjoys big advantages in money and experience, having raised millions more than Garcia, a Cook County commissioner who jumped into the race just three months ago. The ex-congressman and White House chief of staff also has the backing of his former boss, President Barack Obama, who recorded ads for Emanuel and stumped for him during a stop in Chicago last week

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Housing in Later Life: New Freedoms to Choose

26Feb

Part 2 of a Two-Part Series Baby boomers are fast becoming the largest-ever generation of retirees: 75 million strong. As they move to and through retirement, how and where they choose to live will have a profound impact on our homes, families, and communities. More..

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Driver Blames Car Crash On Owl: Cops

26Feb

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A man who crashed his car into a utility pole near Seattle on Wednesday gave police a unique excuse for the pre-dawn accident: He was owl watching. Police in Tukwila, about 10 miles south of Seattle, said the driver told officers he rammed into the pole by accident because he was in hot pursuit of one of the nocturnal birds. Nobody was injured in the early morning crash on a residential street, the police report said.

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This post was originally published by Kaiser Health News (KHN). Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit national health policy news service. Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy’s and getting the bill months after you leave the store, economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say

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Own Goal

26Feb

Here’s the irony of the Homeland Security funding fiasco. The Republicans have found their groove.

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The internet has helped to shape many new industries, and ways of earning a living.

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Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ever since the Citizens United decision. (Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images) More…

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By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Feb 26 (Reuters) – More than 180 people have been killed in north Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years, officials said on Thursday, with heavy snow set to last for two more days after an unusually dry winter led to fears of drought.

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Police are investigating a Texas firefighter who claimed on Facebook that he killed two of his neighbors’ dogs. On Tuesday afternoon, a graphic photo showing two dead dogs was posted on the Facebook page of volunteer firefighter Tim Conatser, according to the Dallas Morning News

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MADISON, Wis. — Spelling more trouble for organized labor in the U.S., Republican legislators in the Wisconsin state Senate approved a right-to-work bill here on Wednesday, sending the measure to a GOP-controlled Assembly where it’s also expected to pass. Republican leaders chose to fast-track the bill in what’s known as an extraordinary legislative session, allowing for less debate than usual.

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KABUL, Feb 26 (Reuters) – An explosion rattled windows in the diplomatic quarter of the heavily fortified Afghan capital on Thursday morning, sending the city’s embassies onto high alert. “This is a security announcement: there has been an explosion inside the city,” the British embassy broadcast to staff on its compound.

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Your eyes meet across the room. It feels like love at first sight, but before you get to know the person, you’re whisked away to a strange place, with unfamiliar sounds and smells. Is this true love or a kidnapping

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After months of debate , threats and uncertainty, recreational marijuana became legal in Washington, D.C., Thursday — at least according to the city government. Adults 21 and over may now legally use marijuana, possess up to two ounces and grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes for personal use. Marijuana sales remain illegal, but the District Council is considering a bill that would regulate and tax marijuana sales, similar to laws in Colorado and Washington state.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station. The leak was scarily reminiscent of a near-drowning outside the orbiting complex nearly two years ago.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man’s display of poster-size swastikas outside his Sacramento house is upsetting some neighbors and state lawmakers, who plan to call on him to remove them. The symbols used by German Nazis in World War II replace stars in one American and two Israeli flags.

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Police in Washington state fired 17 shots at an unarmed Mexican migrant on Feb. 10, hitting him as many as six times, authorities said Wednesday.

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