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March 7, 2013

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1. NORTH KOREA THREATENS NUCLEAR STRIKE AGAINST U.S.

Pyongyang vowed the attack hours before the UN was to consider new sanctions for its recent nuclear test.

2. HOW LONG THE BRENNAN FILIBUSTER LASTED

Rand Paul spent nearly 13 hours on the Senate floor to block a vote on Obama's choice for CIA director.

3. CHAVEZ' LAST WORDS

"I don't want to die. Please don't let me die," the Venezuelan leader mouthed to the head of his guard before dying of a heart attack.

4. LION KILLS WOMAN AT CALIFORNIA ANIMAL PARK

The volunteer intern had just entered 4-year-old Cous Cous' enclosure, and authorities were investigating what provoked the animal.

5. CONGRESS TO VOTE ON GUN CONTROL

A Senate committee is considering four bills, including an assault weapons ban and near-universal background checks for gun purchases.

6. ARKANSAS PASSES NATION'S TOUGHEST ABORTION LAW

Most procedures would be banned after the 12th week of pregnancy, 10 weeks earlier than Roe v. Wade allows.

7. OBAMA COURTS GOP BEFORE BUDGET VOTE

The president had dinner with senators after the House sent a bill to the Senate that would stave off a late March government shutdown.

8. SUSPECT IN EXPECTANT PARENTS' DEATHS ARRESTED

Julio Acevedo surrendered to police at a Pennsylvania convenience store and was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident.

9. ADS COME OUT OF THE CLOSET

More gay ads are appearing, nearly two decades after Ikea's TV spot featuring a gay couple prompted bomb threats.

10. RUSSIAN BALLET STAR GAVE GO-AHEAD FOR ATTACK ON RIVAL

But Pavel Dmitrichenko says he didn't order anyone to throw acid in the face of the Bolshoi Theater's artistic director.

 

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  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

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  • VIDEO: Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

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  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

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  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

    Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

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  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

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