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Report: Car, truck crashes cost whopping $871 billion

Posted: 05/29/2014 - The economic and societal harm from motor vehicle crashes amounted to a whopping $871 billion in a single year, according to a study released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Watchdog: 115-day appointment wait at Phoenix VA

Posted: 05/28/2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs' internal watchdog says veterans at the Phoenix VA hospital waited on average 115 days for their first medical appointment.

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President Obama: US will still use drones

Posted: 05/28/2014 - President Obama says he will continue to "take direct action" by ordering drone strikes and capture operations against terror suspects "when necessary to protect ourselves."

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Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

Posted: 05/28/2014 - Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86.

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Sterling responds to NBA, June 3 hearing still on

Posted: 05/27/2014 - In his response to the league, obtained and posted by USA Today, Sterling says the racist remarks that were recorded and released, leading Commissioner Adam Silver to ban him for life, were made during a private conversation and can't be used against him.

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US nears decision on training Syrian rebels

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Posted: 05/27/2014 - The officials said Tuesday the step would send a limited number of American troops to Jordan to be part of a regional training mission that would instruct carefully vetted members of the Free Syrian Army on tactics.

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US to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan

Posted: 05/27/2014 - Senior U.S. administration officials say President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year.

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Tornado in North Dakota injures 9

Posted: 05/27/2014 - A National Weather Service team is heading to western North Dakota to assess the strength of a tornado that injured nine people and destroyed eight trailers at a workers' camp in the heart of the state's booming oil patch.

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New safety requirements set for Keystone pipeline

Posted: 05/27/2014 - Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.

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Man holding breath in Oregon tunnel causes crash

Posted: 05/26/2014 - Daniel J. Calhon, of Snohomish, Washington, told investigators he fainted Sunday afternoon while holding his breath in the Highway 26 tunnel near the community of Manning.

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Teen tied to shopping cart drowns in Georgia lake

Posted: 05/26/2014 - Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says Chance Werner of Cartersville died at Lake Allatoona about 35 miles northwest of Atlanta.

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Nigerian defense chief says abducted girls located

Posted: 05/26/2014 - Air Marshal Alex Barde told demonstrators supporting the much criticized military that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added, "we can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back."

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Mexican man, once world's heaviest man, dies at 48

Posted: 05/26/2014 - Manuel Uribe had slimmed down to about 867 pounds (394 kilograms), well below his then-record peak weight of 1,230 pounds (560 kilograms), which was certified in 2006 as a Guinness World Record.

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