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Walsh sworn in as Montana senator, replaces Baucus

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Walsh has been sworn in as the new senator from Montana. Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath in the Senate chamber on Tuesday. Walsh replaces Max Baucus, the former Democratic senator tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S....
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Gay teen achieves Eagle Scout milestone in Md.

Pascal Tessier, left, a gay Boy Scout, receives his Eagle Scout badge from Troop 52 Scoutmaster Don Beckham, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Chevy Chase, Md. Tessier, of Maryland, has become one of the first openly gay scouts to reach the highest rank of Eagle, following a policy...

IRS loses appeal on new rules for tax preparers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS has lost a federal appeal in a legal battle over its effort to institute competency exams and other new regulations for many paid tax preparers. The unanimous ruling Tuesday from the federal appeals court in Washington upholds a lower-court ruling...
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Outdoor Olympic athletes adjusting to warm weather

AP Photo/Luca Bruno KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Rising temperatures are turning the Winter Olympics into the Warm Olympics, forcing athletes to adapt. In sports contested in the mountains – skiing, snowboarding, sliding, jumping – that means switching...
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Outdoor Olympic athletes adjusting to warm weather

AP Photo/Luca Bruno KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Rising temperatures are turning the Winter Olympics into the Warm Olympics, forcing athletes to adapt. In sports contested in the mountains – skiing, snowboarding, sliding, jumping – that means switching...
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AP PHOTOS: 10 things to know about Shirley Temple

FILE – In this 1933 file photo, child actress Shirley Temple is seen in her role as “Little Miss Marker.” Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85. Publicist Cheryl Kagan says...
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Tretiak says US taught Russians a lesson in 1980

AP Photo/Matt Slocum SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Vladislav Tretiak initially deflected a question as if he was making a kick save to keep a puck out of his net. Moments later, perhaps after pondering his response, the Hall of Fame goaltender and Russian legend acknowledged a lot...

AG urges restoring voting rights to ex-inmates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday urged states to restore voting rights to former prison inmates, an issue he said primarily affects African-Americans. Eleven states continue to restrict voting rights after a person has served a prison sentence and...

Duke starts dredging river as coal ash deal dumped

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river as state officials move to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plants. Lawyers for the state...

Ray Davies, Donovan part of Songwriters Hall class

NEW YORK (AP) — Ray Davies and Donovan are among the class of the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame. The organization announced Tuesday that “Midnight Train to Georgia” writer Jim Weatherly and English songwriter Graham Gouldman also made the cut. Mark James, the...