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Manufacturers launch program to hire more veterans

Posted: 10/15/2012 - The companies will work with local community and technology colleges to offer training and to put veterans on a fast track to obtaining certification in such areas as electronics, welding and machining.

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Study: Privatized Medicare would raise premiums

Posted: 10/15/2012 - A study out Monday says most Medicare recipients — 59 percent — would pay higher premiums under a hypothetical privatized system, with wide regional differences leading to big hikes in some states.

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Montana's Gov. Schweitzer creates buzz his own way

Posted: 10/15/2012 - A day spent with Montana's Brian Schweitzer riding four-wheelers and talking politics makes it easy to understand why he's one of the most unusual — and most effective — governors in the country.

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Small 2013 Social Security benefit increase likely

Posted: 10/15/2012 - Social Security recipients won't be getting big benefit increases next year, but the small raises they will receive are playing an important role in helping seniors grow their incomes even as younger workers lose ground.

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Navy says submarine, Aegis cruiser collide

Posted: 10/15/2012 - The Navy submarine and the Aegis cruiser that collided off the East Coast are both back in port and officials are investigating what went wrong, the Pentagon said late Sunday.

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Skydiver breaks sound barrier in record jump

Posted: 10/15/2012 - Felix Baumgartner hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph, according to preliminary data, and became the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft

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Endeavour finally reaches permanent LA museum home

Posted: 10/15/2012 - Space shuttle Endeavour was finally lodged at its retirement home Monday following a slow weekend parade through city streets that turned out to be a logistical headache.

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24-mile skydive a boon for YouTube, social media

Posted: 10/15/2012 - Felix Baumgartner's 24-mile skydive from the stratosphere on Sunday was a boon for social networks as millions of users shared in the wonder of the moment from their computers, tablets and phones.

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AP Impact: Feds muff kid jewelry cadmium crackdown

Posted: 10/15/2012 - Federal regulators failed to pursue recalls after they found cadmium-tainted jewelry on store shelves, despite their vow to keep the toxic trinkets out of children's hands.

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Longtime GOP Senate moderate Arlen Specter dies

Posted: 10/14/2012 - Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the Republican-turned-Democrat who played a key role in many Supreme Court nominations, has died. He was 82.

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Monday is deadline for late income tax filing

Posted: 10/12/2012 - The agency hopes late payers will use the online electronic filing. So far this year, nearly 2.3 million taxpayers in the state have filed online -- up about 6 percent from last year at this time.

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VP debate tees up closing issues for Romney, Obama

Updated: 10/12/2012 - Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive home

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Glued toddler's mother: I'll never forgive myself

Posted: 10/11/2012 - Elizabeth Escalona, 23, pleaded guilty in July to felony injury to a child and faces a sentence ranging from probation to life in prison. Prosecutors have requested a 45-year term.

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Zoo: Liver problem to blame for panda cub death

Posted: 10/11/2012 - Liver trouble killed a giant panda cub that died suddenly last month less, than a week after its surprise birth at the National Zoo, the institute's chief veterinarian said Thursday.

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US names new top diplomat to Libya

Posted: 10/11/2012 - The State Department said Thursday that Laurence Pope, an Arabic-speaking 31-year foreign service officer who retired in 2000, will serve as the charge d'affaires

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Fewest Americans since Feb. 2008 seek jobless aid

Posted: 10/11/2012 - The Labor Department says weekly applications fell by 30,000 to the lowest level since February 2008. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped by 11,500 to 364,000, a six-month low.

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Armstrong report includes 200 pages, 26 witnesses

Posted: 10/11/2012 - Hit with a lifetime ban and the loss of all seven of his Tour de France titles, Armstrong challenged the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to give him the names of all his accusers. The agency obliged.

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