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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.

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.

Sister: ‘American Sniper’ murder suspect battling ‘demons’

AUSTIN, Texas — The man accused of murdering former U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle went through debilitating bouts of paranoia and had a hair-trigger temper, his relatives and girlfriend told a court on Wednesday, according to media reports.

Some 11.4 million have enrolled in Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Some 11.4 million Americans enrolled in private health insurance through Obamacare during the open enrollment period, the White House said in a tweet on Tuesday.
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Storm paralyzes central U.S., pummels nation’s capital

BOSTON — Record-breaking cold gripped the eastern United States while an icy winter storm crippled the nation’s central states and then plowed into the mid-Atlantic, dumping snow and forcing federal offices in Washington, D.C., to close today.

Minnesota Orchestra first from U.S. to play in Cuba

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Orchestra will play Beethoven in Cuba this spring, becoming the first U.S. orchestra to perform there since the United States and Cuba agreed to restore diplomatic relations.

One dead in shooting at Mardi Gras parade

NEW ORLEANS — One person was killed and another was critically injured in a shooting during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Thursday night, according to police.

Canada confirms mad cow disease

OTTAWA — Canada, a major exporter of beef, said today it had found a case of mad cow disease in a beef cow in the province of Alberta, the first in the country since 2011.

Congress passes Keystone bill, Obama expected to veto

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Republican-led Congress gave final passage on Wednesday to a bill to approve the long-pending Keystone XL pipeline, a measure that next goes to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it.

NBC’s Brian Williams suspended 6 months over Iraq claims

LOS ANGELES — Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News” program, has been suspended without pay for six months after admitting last week that a story he told about coming under fire on a helicopter during the Iraq war was not true.

U.S. gunman kills 3 Muslims near North Carolina university

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — A gunman who had posted anti-religious messages on social media was charged with killing three Muslim students Tuesday near the University of North Carolina in what police said today was an ongoing dispute over parking.

Jon Stewart leaving ‘The Daily’ Show

LOS ANGELES — Jon Stewart said Tuesday that he would step down from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” after 17 years, leaving a new hole in the ranks of late night television and setting up another challenge for the Viacom-owned cable network, which recently bid farewell to popular time slot host Stephen Colbert.
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Obama seeks war authorization

President Barack Obama sent Congress a proposal today for authorization to use military force against Islamic State that would limit the operation to three years and bar any large-scale invasion by U.S. ground troops.

U.S. debuts cyber security agency

The government is creating a new agency to monitor cyber security threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks, a senior Obama administration official said today.
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For blue-collar America, wage gains are slim

WASHINGTON, D.C. — America has added more than a million jobs in the space of three months but wages, especially for blue-collar workers, are showing few signs of gains.