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Ted Cruz seeks to enlist Christians for presidential bid

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Casting himself as the leader of a grassroots army, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz made an explicit appeal to Christian conservatives on Monday as he became the first major figure to jump into the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

Lawmakers plan drought aid

Politicians don’t have the power to make it rain, so on Thursday they tried the next best thing — they proposed showering California’s parched landscape with money.

Oldest U.S. woman military veteran dies at 108 in Texas

Lucy Coffey, the oldest living woman U.S. military veteran who served with the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II, has died at the age of 108, veterans officials in San Antonio said.

Majority of residents now oppose 2024 Olympic bid

A majority of Boston-area residents now oppose the U.S. bid to have the New England city host the 2024 Olympic Games, amid growing concern that taxpayers would be stuck with the bill, according to a poll released today.

Premera cyberattack affects 11 million customers

BOSTON - Health insurer Premera Blue Cross said on Tuesday it was a victim of a cyberattack that may have exposed medical data and financial information of 11 million customers, in the latest serious breach disclosed by a healthcare company.

Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Leonard Nimoy, the actor famous for playing the logical Mr. Spock on the television show ”Star Trek,” died today at age 83, according to The New York Times.

Eight people found dead in murder-suicide in Missouri

MISSOURI — Eight people were found dead overnight in an apparent mass murder and suicide and one person was shot and wounded in southern Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said today.
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Wisconsin Senate clears right-to-work bill

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate narrowly approved a “right-to-work” bill on Wednesday that would bar private-sector employees who work under union-negotiated contracts from being required to join their unions or pay them dues.

Killer of ‘American Sniper’ Kyle sentenced to life in prison

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eddie Ray Routh was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday after a Texas jury found him guilty of murdering Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie “American Sniper.”

Senate plan may avert partial shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate leaders took a tentative step on Tuesday that could avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, but it was unclear if House Speaker John Boehner and restive conservatives would support a new concession to Democrats.

Obama seeks new rules for retirement brokers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wall Street brokers and financial advisers could face new restrictions under a proposal put forth by President Barack Obama on Monday that the White House said could save Americans with retirement accounts billions of dollars.
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Commuter train crashes, 51 hurt

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles-bound commuter train slammed into a tractor trailer stopped on the tracks in Oxnard, California during the morning rush hour today, injuring 51 people, some seriously, authorities said.

No deal yet in West Coast port dispute; talks to continue

SAN FRANCISCO — Shipping executives and union leaders for dock workers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports remained locked in a dispute today as talks, brokered by the U.S. labor secretary, headed into a fourth straight day.

Winter storms ease California drought

SACRAMENTO — Wet winter storms that dropped up to a foot of rain on parts of California have modestly eased the state’s ongoing drought over the past three months, U.S. drought experts said Thursday.

Hundreds possibly exposed to ‘superbug’ at medical center

LOS ANGELES — Seven patients were infected with a potentially deadly, drug-resistant bacteria at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center and more than 100 may have been exposed to the so-called superbug, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.