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Day: March 8, 2013

Dow redefines the high ground

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) — The Dow Jones index flew higher Friday after the Labor Department said the U.S. economy added 236,000 jobs and the jobless rate fell to 7.7 percent

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ISU’s Saina Second in NCAA 5,000

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Iowa State two-time NCAA champion Betsy finished second to Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday in

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Tiger Woods leads at Doral

DORAL, Fla., March 8 (UPI) — Tiger Woods rode a 7-under 65 into the lead in Friday’s play at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Florida. Woods opened the day in a five-way

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Weekend could provide comet viewing

PASADENA, Calif., March 8 (UPI) — A comet may become visible to the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere starting late Friday and may be brighter in the following days, astronomers say.

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Rain wipes out NASCAR qualifying

LAS VEGAS, March 8 (UPI) — Steady rains Friday forced the cancellation of qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup race scheduled for Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was

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Obama signs Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama, as victims and advocates watched and cheered, signed into law Thursday the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The new version of the

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Border agent sacked for criminal ties

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, March 7 (UPI) — A Canadian border agent was fired for allegedly socializing with “organized crime figures” and failing to properly search people tagged for extra screening. The Thunder

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Iowa DNR: Safe Hunting Year

DES MOINES – With just a few exceptions, Iowa hunters are ‘getting it right’ when it comes to staying safe in the great outdoors. Iowa’s 2012 hunter safety incident report shows no

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Calif., Walmart partnership criticized

SACRAMENTO, March 7 (UPI) — California officials face criticism from union leaders over plans to let Walmart and other retailers enroll shoppers in subsidized private health insurance. Covered California, the state’s new

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Yale students admit prostitution

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 7 (UPI) — A sex workshop at Connecticut’s Yale University featured students admitting to engaging in bestiality and prostitution. The “Sex: Am I Normal” seminar, hosted by sexologist

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Fed stress tests show healthier banks

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) — The U.S. Federal Reserve said the largest 18 U.S. banks have shown improved resilience as they distance themselves from the 2008 financial crisis. After the third round

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‘Cannibal cop’ trial goes to jury

NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) — A federal court jury in New York began deliberation Thursday after hearing closing arguments in the trial of accused “cannibal cop” Gilberto Valle. Valle, a former

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Prosecutors respond in Aurora shooting case

CENTENNIAL, Colo., March 7 (UPI) — Colorado’s laws on the insanity defense are constitutional, prosecutors said in response to lawyers for accused theater-shooter James Holmes. In court papers filed Wednesday, prosecutors said

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Temps headed for highest in millennia

CORVALLIS, Ore., March 7 (UPI) — U.S. climate researchers say average global temperatures have been higher in the last decade than at any time during most of the previous 11,300 years. In

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