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March 15, 2013

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CLINTON — Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

1. WHAT CLERGY ABUSE VICTIMS ARE HOPING FOR

Some seek greater transparency as Pope Francis begins his papacy; others want the defrocking of U.S. cardinals who covered up for pedophile priests.

2. HOW FRANCIS IS KNOWN IN HIS HOMELAND

For Argentina's poorest citizens, who crowd the many so-called "misery villages" that surround Buenos Aires, he's proudly known as one of their own, a true "slum pope."

3. ASSAD BEEFING UP SECURITY IN DAMASCUS

On the second anniversary of Syria's uprising, some rebels have called for stepped-up attacks to mark the occasion.

4. DREAM STILL ALIVE FOR BOEING JETLINER

The "Dreamliner" maker envisions commercial flights of its grounded 787 jets resuming "within weeks," even though it has not pinpointed the cause of battery overheating.

5. WHY A FAVORITE IN NYC MAYORAL RACE WON'T MARCH ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is gay and won't take part due to the parade's ban on gay pride sashes, banners or buttons.

6. MARYLAND MAY ABOLISH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

The "Free State" may be the 18th in the nation to end executions if the General Assembly gives final passage this week.

7. BUDGET CUTS NOT IMPACTING THIS PROGRAM

The Pentagon is spending nearly a $1 billion a year on a program that sends unemployment checks to former troops who left the military voluntarily.

8. KEY WITNESSES SET TO TESTIFY IN H.S. FOOTBALL RAPE CASE

The testimony of three teenage boys who watched the alleged attacks is a crucial part of Ohio's evidence, since the girl says she has no memory of the event.

9. HOW BIG IS THE GALAXY (SCREEN)

Samsung's new Galaxy S 4 smartphone crams a 5-inch screen into a body slightly smaller than its predecessor, the S III.

10. HOW A TV SERIES HAS IMPACTED TOURISM IN NEW MEXICO

The popularity of AMC's "Breaking Bad" has spurred international interest in a fast-food burrito chain in Albuquerque.

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  • Police: Utah woman gave birth at home

    A Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home, authorities said Wednesday.

    Investigators have determined that Megan Huntsman, 39, did not go to a hospital to have the babies, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said. He didn't say if anybody helped her give birth.

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  • Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings

    Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives.

    Before school began, some students gathered at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on the football field behind Franklin Regional High School to pray and to support one another.

    April 16, 2014

  • Victimized by the 'marriage penalty'

    In a few short months, I'll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears - before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love - that she's willing to pay a much higher tax rate.

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    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

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  • Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter Calif. killings SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prev

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  • Smithsonian Tyrannosaurus Rex-15 [Duplicate] T. rex gets new home in Smithsonian WASHINGTON -- More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex -- the king -- is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana. Paleontologists and curators unveiled parts of a nearly

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  • Medical Marijuana [Duplicate] Medical pot measure could boost Florida Democrats MIAMI -- Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections. Party operatives are pushing

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  • Old Social Security debts get reprieved WASHINGTON -- People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve -- for now. The Social Security Administration had been participating in a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments tha

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  • treadmill-very-fast.jpg Tax deduction for a gym membership?

    April marks another tax season when millions of Americans will deduct expenses related to home ownership, children and education from their annual tax bill. These deductions exist because of their perceived value to society; they encourage behaviors that keep the wheels of the economy turning. So why shouldn't the tax code be revised to reward preventive health?

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  • US anti-Semitic attacks down before Kansas deaths

    A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.

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