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February 27, 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. CIAO, BENEDICT XVI

The pope recalls "joy and light" and also moments of difficulty in his last final audience as pontiff before he retires.

2. HAGEL CONFIRMED AFTER BITTER SENATE FIGHT

Among his daunting challenges as defense secretary: dealing with $46 billion in budget cuts set to kick in on Friday.

3. CONGRESSMAN PROPOSES END TO AUTOMATIC BUDGET CUTS

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith's bill would cut more than $300 billion over the next eight years and put off the sequester.

4. WHO'S TO BLAME IN A DEADLY HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH

Some Egyptians said safety standards had declined amid political turmoil, others said the pilot may bear responsibility.

5. US CONSIDERS DIRECT AID TO SYRIAN REBELS

The AP reports the Obama administration is considering supplying help to the Free Syria Army.

6. SLOW-MOVING STORM AIMS AT NEW ENGLAND

The heavy wet, snow as headed east after closing schools and making travel treacherous.

7. NYC MAYOR HELPS ELECT JACKSON REPLACEMENT

Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly, who favors strict gun control, was helped by Michael Bloomberg's super PAC in the race.

8. WHY OFFICIALS SUSPECT MISSING BOATERS ARE A HOAX

The Coast Guard found no registration of the boat described and no one reported a family of four missing.

9. GETTING YOUR COMPUTER TO TALK TO YOUR COFFEE MAKER

Machine-to-machine communication, or the "Internet of Things," is getting a lot buzz at this year's wireless trade show.

10. HOW TO EAT FAMILY-STYLE IN THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA

Philadelphia charter school students pass serving dishes around circular tables, use real plates and silverware and bypass French fries for fennel salad.

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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.

    April 16, 2014

  • 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.

    April 16, 2014

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

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

    April 16, 2014

  • 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

    April 16, 2014

  • 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

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

    April 16, 2014

  • 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?

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 15, 2014

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