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FAA eyes lower building height limit near airports

Posted: 06/26/2014 - The government wants to dramatically lower the height limits of buildings near hundreds of airports, but the proposal is drawing fire from real estate developers and members of Congress who say it will reduce property values.

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'Get a warrant' to search cell phones, justices say

Posted: 06/25/2014 - In an emphatic defense of privacy in the digital age, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police generally may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.

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Obama: Climate change steps making a difference

Posted: 06/25/2014 - Appealing for patience and perseverance from environmental activists, President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in his second-term drive to combat climate change but said more must be done to address a generational problem.

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US: China's behavior offshore hurts its standing

Posted: 06/25/2014 - A senior U.S. official says China's coercive efforts to enforce its territorial claims in disputed waters are not just raising tensions but damaging its international standing.

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FDA warns of allergic reactions with acne products

Posted: 06/25/2014 - Federal health officials are warning consumers who use anti-acne treatments about rare but potentially deadly allergic reactions that can cause swelling of the face and difficulty breathing.

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US weighs lawsuits on alleged insurance kickbacks

Posted: 06/25/2014 - The government is considering whether to sue banks and other mortgage servicers to recover its losses from alleged insurance kickbacks that may have cost government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hundreds of millions of dollars, according to an internal report.

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US economy shrank at steep 2.9 percent rate in Q1

Posted: 06/25/2014 - The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago. But the setback is widely thought to be temporary, with growth rebounding solidly since spring.

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Court sides with employees in retirement fund case

Posted: 06/25/2014 - The Supreme Court says a lawsuit can proceed against Fifth Third Bancorp that accused management of irresponsibly investing employee retirement money in the bank's then-failing stock.

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Christie faces another bridge probe

Posted: 06/25/2014 - Gov. Chris Christie's administration is facing an investigation into how it paid for a $1 billion repair of a New Jersey bridge.

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Researcher charged in major HIV vaccine fraud case

Posted: 06/24/2014 - Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors are taking a rare step by filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data while researching an HIV vaccine.

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Chicago mayor grateful for Lucas museum choice

Posted: 06/24/2014 - Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he'll work with the community to develop plans for the museum that "Star Wars" creator George Lucas intends to build in Chicago.

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Judge: No-fly list violated constitutional rights

Posted: 06/24/2014 - A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government violated the rights of 13 people on its no-fly list by depriving them of their constitutional right to travel, and gave them no adequate way to challenge their placement on the list.

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NTSB faults pilot 'mismanagment' in Asiana flight

Posted: 06/24/2014 - Federal accident investigators say "mismanagement" by the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, including confusion over whether one of the airliner's key controls was maintaining airspeed, caused the plane to crash while landing in San Francisco last year.

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KFC probes validity of scarred child claim

Posted: 06/24/2014 - Fried chicken chain KFC says a franchised Mississippi restaurant has hired an investigator to look into claims an employee asked a 3-year-old girl to leave because injuries she suffered in a pit bull mauling disturbed customers.

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IRS head says no laws broken in loss of emails

Posted: 06/24/2014 - The head of the IRS says he's seen no evidence anyone committed a crime when the agency lost emails that might shed light on the agency's targeting of political groups.

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Obama says US should have paid maternity leave

Posted: 06/23/2014 - President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns.

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