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U.S. Labor Department: Weekly Jobless Claims Increase to 336,000, Still Beating Expectations

March 21, 2013

“The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits edged higher last week, but a trend reading dropped to its lowest in five years and pointed to ongoing healing in the labor market.”

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Denver Man Linked to Texas Police Chase Also Wanted For Murder of Colorado Prison Chief

March 21, 2013

“KCNC’s Rick Sallinger reports that Evan Ebel, a parolee and white supremacist, is at the center of a car chase that spanned two counties, injured a deputy and ended in a car crash with a semi truck in Decatur, Texas. Ebel, 28, was being kept alive on life support and was not expected to survive.”

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Abandons Plan Requiring Graphic Tobacco Warning Labels

March 21, 2013

“Since the labels were proposed two years ago to get people to quit smoking, the nation’s largest tobacco companies … managed to halt implementation of the warning labels in the lower courts.”

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U.S. Spy Agencies Testifying Before the Senate Intelligence Committee: Cyber Attacks Surpass Terrorism as Greatest Threat to U.S.

March 21, 2013

“That stark assessment, in an annual “worldwide threat” briefing that covered concerns as diverse as North Korea’s belligerence and Syria’s civil war, was reinforced in remarks by the spy chiefs before the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

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U.S. Government Cybersecurity Expansion Includes Monitoring Private E-Mails and Web Traffic

March 21, 2013

“The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country’s private, civilian-run infrastructure.”

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Chicago Announces Plan to Close 11% of Elementary Schools Before the 2013-2014 Academic Year

March 21, 2013

“Chicago will close 54 schools and 61 school buildings by the beginning of the next academic year in the country’s third-largest public school district.”

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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Re-Instate Military Tuition Assistance Program Cut By Sequestration

March 21, 2013

“Democratic Senator Kay Hagan, along with a Republican Senator from Oklahoma, passed a bill in the senate that would re-instate the tuition program cut by sequestration.”

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Study: Number of Autism Diagnoses Increasing

March 20, 2013

“Though the increase is likely to fuel speculation that an expanding environmental threat is behind the rise in autism cases, the authors said their report did not support that view. Rather, better detection appears to be driving the surge, according to the researchers.”

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U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on Senate Version of Stopgap Spending Bill on Thursday

March 20, 2013

“House leaders have indicated they are willing to accept the Senate’s version of the bill and are poised to pass it Thursday, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature.”

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U.S. Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill to Fund Federal Government Through September

March 20, 2013

“The U.S. Senate approved a $984 billion spending bill on Wednesday ensuring that the federal government will not shut down next week, but also cementing in place $1.2 trillion in unpopular across-the-board spending cuts affecting most reaches of the federal government.”

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Pakistan Authorities Arrest Man Wanted For Beheading of Wall Street Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl

March 19, 2013

“Pearl was kidnapped while researching a story in Karachi about Pakistani militants and the so-called “shoe bomber” Richard Reid. He was later decapitated, and a video of his killing was sent to U.S. officials.”

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Group of Doctors and Health Experts Urges the FDA to Restrict Caffeine in Energy Drinks

March 19, 2013

“A group of 18 doctors, researchers and public health experts jointly urged the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to take action on energy drinks to protect adolescents and children from the possible risks of consuming high amounts of caffeine.”

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U.S. Senate Stopgap Spending Bill Excludes “Vital” Programs From Cuts

March 19, 2013

“The bill is a mixed blessing for President Obama and others, especially Democrats, who hope Congress will eventually reverse the recent cuts. “

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Exclusion of Assault Weapons Ban Upsets Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

March 19, 2013

““How many assault weapons do you need circulating?” Ms. Feinstein said … noting that her bill … exempted many weapons. “To have these mass killings is such a blight on everything that America stands for.””

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30,000 Websites State Opposition to Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) Reintroduced By Congress

March 19, 2013

“Reddit, Craigslist and more than 30,000 other websites are flying the flag of opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, a controversial cybersecurity bill that was recently reintroduced in Congress.”

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