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Wayne State University Releases Annual Word Lists

Words on the comeback list: caterwaul and rapscallion. Words that should be banished: bae and polar vortex.
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Awaits Sentencing

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in September on several charges of corruption while he was in office.
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The Downside Of Cheaper Gas: More Accident Fatalities

Falling gasoline prices are a benefit to motorists — but those lower prices come with a hidden cost: increased traffic fatalities.
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2 Americans Face Charges Over Gambia Coup Attempt

Two U.S. citizens are charged with trying to overthrow the government of the tiny West African nation of Gambia. The charges stem from a December 30 coup attempt.
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Senate Slow To Schedule Hearings For Attorney General Nominee

Confirmation hearings for nominee Loretta Lynch will offer the new Republican majority a chance to register protests about White House action on immigration and other controversial issues.
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Speaker Election Reveals Split Among Some House Republicans

John Boehner is set to start his third two-year term as speaker. And while his election is nearly a foregone conclusion, a number of his GOP colleagues are likely voting against him on the floor.
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Same-Sex Marriages Conducted In Florida After Ban Is Lifted

In Ft. Lauderdale, Key West and other cities, gay and lesbian couples began getting married shortly after midnight when a ban on same-sex unions was officially lifted.
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3 States Counter Obama's Proposal For Medicaid Expansion

States have a year to get full funding for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. The governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana are trying to get the money, but their legislators may derail the efforts.
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Trend Of Falling Gas Prices Expected To Continue

On New Year's Day, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.23. That's the average though, and many stations are selling gas at under $2 a gallon.
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Adequate Housing Hard To Find In Boom Towns For Oil, Gas

When you think of oil and gas towns, most people visualize transient workers and RV parks. But plenty of oilfield workers move to towns with their families. The challenge is finding a place to stay.

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