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Man is patient as independent woman struggles with intimacy

Dear Abby: I’m a 27-year-old woman who has never had a boyfriend or been kissed. I was never interested in romance or having a significant other. I felt strong being independent and taking care of myself. Now that I have a degree, a career and a house, I feel ready to try to let a man into my life.
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Russia oil talks pose a hurdle to nuke pact

WASHINGTON D.C. — The United States could impose economic sanctions if Iran and Russia move forward with a reported oil-for-goods contract, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, discussing with a Senate panel an emerging threat to talks designed to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran.
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Oil trains deliver new hope, risks

Just a few years ago, the region’s refineries were on life support, hurt by high prices of oil imported from foreign countries. Now, they’re humming again with the daily deliveries of domestic crude in mile-long trains.

Summer gas prices to dip 1 cent

Drivers will get the slightest of breaks on gasoline prices this summer, according to the Energy Department.
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NRA’s quest to expand gun rights takes it to court

The San Diego County sheriff denied Edward Peruta a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Christopher Haga’s gun collection was seized, and he was charged with crimes after he was mistakenly linked to a theft of assault weapons from a military base.

Student flashed 2 knives, injured 20

A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh today, leaving as many as 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued the boy with the help of an assistant principal.

House panel refers ex-IRS official to Justice Dept.

Washington, D.C. — The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to refer a former Internal Revenue Service official to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution in the agency’s tea party controversy.
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Bacon prices rise after virus strikes

MILWAUKEE — A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.
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King’s children in legal battle over finances

ATLANTA — Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, his sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King, say they urgently need to sell the Nobel medal to raise money to perpetuate his legacy.
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Albuquerque residents grow fearful of police

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When Wynema and Michael Gonzagowski moved to town about two years ago, family and friends warned them about what they described as the heavy-handed tactics and aggressive attitude of Albuquerque police.

Senate: CIA abused suspects

WASHINGTON — CIA officers subjected some terrorism suspects the agency held after the Sept. 11 attacks to interrogation methods that were not approved by either the Justice Department or their own headquarters and illegally detained 26 of the 119 in CIA custody, the Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded in its still-secret report, McClatchy has learned.
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No red flags in gunman’s history

KILLEEN, Texas — Military officials are scouring the background of the Fort Hood shooter, who saw no combat during his 2011 service in Iraq and was not wounded, Secretary of the Army John McHugh told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

Study: Mammograms save lives, but are also overrated

LOS ANGELES — The idea that American women would benefit by having fewer mammograms — and having them less frequently — remains controversial. A new study tries to help women and their doctors understand why less can be more when it comes to breast cancer screening.