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House Rebuffs Pentagon On Defense Spending

Posted: 05/22/2014 - The House has backed a $601 billion defense authorization bill that spares planes, ships and military bases in an election-year nod to hometown interests.

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House Legislates Curbs On NSA Record-Gathering

Posted: 05/22/2014 - The House has passed a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records. It's the first legislative response to the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and the Senate is expected to take it up. But civil liberties activists and technology companies say the bill doesn't go nearly far enough.

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Government Says Airlines Should Disclose Bag, Seat Fees

Posted: 05/22/2014 - Passengers love the idea, but airlines hate it. The government wants to require that travelers be told upfront about basic services that aren't included in the price of a ticket and how much extra they'll cost.

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Fleet Week Returns To New York City

Posted: 05/22/2014 - Three Navy ships and two Coast Guard cutters glided through New York Harbor on Wednesday to launch a celebration of America's sea services.

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New "American Idol" From North Carolina

Posted: 05/21/2014 - Big-voiced rocker Caleb Johnson from Asheville is the season 13 "American Idol," winning the title over teenage pop singer Jena Irene.

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Levi’s CEO Says Don’t Wash Your Jeans

Posted: 05/21/2014 - As gross as it may sound, the CEO of Levi Strauss – aka the jean expert of experts – says you shouldn't wash your favorite pair of denim.

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Petco To Stop Selling Pet Treats Made In China

Posted: 05/21/2014 - Petco says it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China by the end of this year due to ongoing fears that the imported treats are making pets sick.

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Oklahoma Remembers Tornado Victims A Year Later

Posted: 05/20/2014 - After the storm in Moore, Oklahoma that killed two dozen people, including seven children at a school, residents and first responders watched the groundbreaking Tuesday on a hospital to replace one destroyed by the storm.

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Merriam-Webster Adds 'Yoopers' to Dictionary

Updated: 05/20/2014 - Prosecutor Steve Parks of Delta County, Michigan, says he's pushed for more than a decade to have Merriam-Webster recognize the word Yooper, a longtime resident of the Lake Superior region.

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Local Experts Weigh In On MERS Virus

Updated: 05/19/2014 - Dr. Rachel Roper, a Virology Specialist at ECU's Brody School of Medicine, says everyone should be concerned about MERS.

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Former NY Times Editor: Leading Newsroom Was Honor

Posted: 05/19/2014 - Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. denies reports that Jill Abramson's dismissal had to do with complaints over unequal pay or the company's treatment of women. He cites Abramson's newsroom management style.

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FBI: BlackShades Infected Half Million Computers

Posted: 05/19/2014 - The FBI says more than a half million computers in more than 100 countries were infected by sophisticated malware that lets cybercriminals take over a computer and hijack its webcam.

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Gas Prices Decrease By 3 Cents

Updated: 05/19/2014 - The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has dropped 3 ½ cents over the past two weeks.

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AT&T Agrees To Buy DirecTV In $48.5B Deal

Updated: 05/18/2014 - AT&T says it is buying DirecTV for $95 per share, or $49 billion, a move that gives the telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which agreed to a merger in February.

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Kraft Recalls 1.2 Million Cases Of Cottage Cheese

Posted: 05/18/2014 - Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 1.2 million cases of several brands of cottage cheese products because they have been stored improperly and might cause illness.

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Illinois Man Is Third U.S. MERS Infection, CDC Says

Posted: 05/18/2014 - A business associate of the man who brought the first case of a mysterious Middle East virus to the U.S. has also tested positive for the disease, though he showed no signs of illness, federal health officials said Saturday.

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Obama Considering New Housing And Budget Leaders

Posted: 05/18/2014 - Shuffling his second-term Cabinet, President Barack Obama plans to nominate Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan to be budget director and is considering San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to succeed Donovan, according to people familiar with the selection process.

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