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McConnell sees no hope for tax overhaul this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he sees no hope for enactment of tax overhaul legislation this year, and blames the Democrats for trying to use the issue to raise revenue by $1 trillion. The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday the object of...

Hancock County approves new dangerous animal policy

Hancock County’s new policy on dangerous wild animals establishes a chain of command and communication protocols in case of an escape; however, it gives no direction on the response itself. Lee Swisher, the county’s emergency management director, said the open-ended response is...

APNewsBreak: Asiana Airlines penalized over crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Asiana Airlines has been penalized $500,000 for failing to assist family members of passengers on a flight that crashed last year at San Francisco airport, federal transportation officials said Tuesday. The fine announced by the U.S. Department of...
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Parts of Pistorius trial can be on live TV

File – In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 file photo Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands inside a court during his bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will defend himself March 3, 2014 against a charge of premeditated murder in the...
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Russian gays marry, will seek asylum in Argentina

Newlyweds Alexander Emereev, left, and Dmitry Zaytsev, right, both of Russia, are showered with rice as they pose with their marriage book in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The two men, who are from Sochi, planned to apply for political asylum from Russia after...
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Obama tells Pentagon to plan for Afghan pullout

FILE – This Jan. 11, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama listening as Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American...
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Islanders’ Tavares won’t need knee surgery

Canada forward John Tavares is helped up off the ice by a trainer during the second period of a men’s quarterfinal ice hockey game against Latvia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Tavares is out for the rest of the Olympics with an...
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Cruz wants to put Biogenesis behind him

In this Aug. 1, 2013, photo, Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz prepares for his at-bat during the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that Cruz, a free agent, and the...
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NY Knicks’ Raymond Felton arrested on gun charges

In this Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 photo, New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton catches his breath during a break in the action in an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats, in Charlotte, N.C. New York police say Felton has been arrested on three counts of criminal possession...
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Stocks edge higher as investors weigh earnings

Trader Gregory Rowe, center, works at the post of specialist Joseph Mastrolia, left, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. U.S. stocks are inching higher in early trading, putting the Standard & Poor’s 500 index on track for its third...