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Wal-Mart paying $4.8M for overtime violations

Posted: 05/01/2012 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $4.8 million in back wages and damages to more than 4,500 employees nationwide for unpaid overtime, The Labor Department said Tuesday.

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Obama, Karzai ink partnership deal

Updated: 05/01/2012 - Shortly after arriving, about midnight local time, President Obama and President Karza signed an agreement to designate Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally.

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Wildfires threaten remote West Texas resort

Posted: 05/01/2012 - Firefighters are battling the first major Texas wildfires of the season, covering 20,000 acres in the Davis Mountains, including an area that was struck by uncontrolled burning exactly a year ago.

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5 arrested in alleged bombing plot

Posted: 05/01/2012 - The Justice Department says five men have been arrested in a plot to bomb a bridge outside Cleveland.

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Workers demand pay hikes in May Day marches

Posted: 05/01/2012 - May Day moved beyond its roots as an international workers' holiday to a day of international protest Tuesday, with rallies throughout Asia demanding wage increases and marches planned across Europe over government-imposed austerity measures.

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Friend: Police note blind activist's escape legal

Posted: 05/01/2012 - Since blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng was being held under illegal house arrest, his only offense in escaping may have been to embarrass his captors — vengeful local officials bent on punishing him for exposing forced abortions.

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Prices go thigh-high as consumers seek dark meat

Posted: 05/01/2012 - Pat LaFrieda Jr. can't get enough chicken thighs. If his family business featured on the new Food Network series "Meat Men" orders 100 cases of boneless, skinless thighs, his supplier might deliver only 60.

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World Trade Center is back on top in NYC

Posted: 04/30/2012 - Workers have raised a steel column to the top of the building that's been called the Freedom Tower to make it New York City's tallest skyscraper.

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Top EPA official resigns over 'crucify' comment

Posted: 04/30/2012 - Republicans in Congress had called for Armendariz' firing, after Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe highlighted the May 2010 speech last week as proof of what he refers to as EPA's assault on energy.

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AP EXCLUSIVE: US not reporting all Afghan attacks

Posted: 04/30/2012 - The coalition routinely reports attacks in which a coalition soldier is killed by an Afghan in uniform. But it does not report the instances in which an Afghan wounds U.S. or NATO troops or misses his target.

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Invisible man dominates US-China talks

Posted: 04/30/2012 - President Barack Obama sidestepped a question about Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen on Monday, refusing to confirm that the blind lawyer is under U.S. protection in China

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'Three Cups' author lawsuit rejected

Posted: 04/30/2012 - The lawsuit by four readers from Montana, California and Illinois was filed after "60 Minutes" and author Jon Krakauer reported last year that Mortenson fabricated parts of those books.

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Tech exec gets 22 years prison for $30M fraud

Posted: 04/30/2012 - A former high-tech executive convicted of defrauding investors of at least $30 million on Monday was given one of the harshest sentences meted out in a white-collar criminal case.

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Wife of Edwards aide breaks down on witness stand

Posted: 04/30/2012 - The wife of an ex-aide to John Edwards broke down on the witness stand Monday as she recounted how the candidate asked the couple to hide an affair he was having and justified using wealthy donors' money to do it.

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Activists on trial for arrests during NYPD protest

Posted: 04/30/2012 - Twenty activists who converged on a police station to protest a controversial police technique went on trial Monday in a case that they hoped would highlight their cause.

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Obama criticizes GOP in speech to union members

Posted: 04/30/2012 - Obama tells the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO that U.S. highways are clogged, railroads are no longer the fastest in the world and airports are congested.

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Ohio officials to return exotic animals to widow

Updated: 04/30/2012 - Ohio officials say they will allow for the return of five surviving exotic animals to a woman whose husband released dozens of wild creatures last fall before he committed suicide.

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Officials probe Bronx SUV accident that killed 7

Posted: 04/30/2012 - Three generations of a family died in a horrifying crash just a few miles from home when the SUV they were traveling in plunged more than 50 feet off a highway overpass and into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo, killing all seven aboard, including three children.

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Yacht debris, bodies found off US-Mexico coast

Posted: 04/30/2012 - A 37-foot racing yacht was reduced to debris that looked "like it had gone through a blender," a searcher said Sunday after the boat apparently collided with a larger vessel, killing three sailors and leaving a fourth missing.

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