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Sick Ship Sets Dubious Record For Royal Caribbean

Nearly 700 passengers and crew fell ill aboard the MS Explorer of the Seas — more people than any other cruise ship monitored by the CDC in the past two decades.
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Economy Ended 2013 With Growth Still Strong, Data Suggest

The nation's gross domestic product grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate, according to a preliminary estimate. That's solid growth and follows an even stronger third quarter. But claims for unemployment insurance rose last week.
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New York Looks To Bring Bitcoin Out Of The Shadows

Bitcoin has been tied to the dark side of the Internet, where it's been linked to drug trafficking. But New York's financial regulators say they want to foster innovation and are looking to legitimize the virtual currency by licensing it.
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Drought Forces Calif. Farmers To Cut Back On Planting

In California, agriculture is a $44.7 billion industry and the ongoing drought has many farmers worried. Some already have cut back on planting crops and some banks are withholding loans.
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In Las Vegas, Lawns Are The Biggest Water Waster

Las Vegas depends on Lake Mead for its water and the reservoir is dropping. The city's water officials long ago instituted water conservation measures. Critics say they are not nearly enough.
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Ridge Of High Pressure Blocks Snow From Oregon Ski Resort

Throughout the West, bone dry conditions are exacting a toll on places that rely on water to thrive. In southern Oregon, recreation plays an important role in the region's economy. The ongoing drought is drying up streams where fishing once was plentiful and it's left ski resorts wanting for snow.
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Gunmakers Protest Microstamping Law In Calif.

California's new microstamping law effects all new or redesigned semi-automatic handguns sold in the state. It requires they be equipped with laser technology that imprints a handgun's make, model and serial number onto shell casings when a bullet is fired. Two manufacturers are pulling some of their products out of California.
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Lawmakers To Address Delaware's Troubled Casino Industry

A task force is expected to issue recommendations this week to lawmakers on how to overhaul the state's casino industry. Competition from nearby states cost Delaware's three casinos $13 million — a 5.5 percent drop in tax revenue between 2011 and 2012. Some analysts say the industry may be facing layoffs or worse without help.
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Obama Calls For The Creation Of MyRA Accounts

In his State of the Union address, President Obama pitched an idea for making it easier for Americans to save for their retirement. He took the message on road to Pittsburgh Wednesday.
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Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames

Drillers pumping oil on the Great Plains are also producing a lot of natural gas. But the state doesn't have the infrastructure to transport or store it, so much of that gas isn't being sold — it's being set on fire.

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