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'It Felt Like An Earthquake': One Still Missing After Kansas City Explosion

It looks like a contractor may have hit a gas line. A strong odor convinced authorities to start evacuating people from the area. Then, shortly after 6 p.m. local time, a restaurant exploded. The force was felt blocks away.
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Law Change Makes It Harder To Unlock Cellphones

A copyright ruling from the Library of Congress covers whether people may buy a phone from one carrier and then use it with another. A recent change makes it illegal to unlock a phone, or untie it from the original carrier, without permission. But some people are petitioning the White House to undo that change.
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Boeing's Tech Workers Vote To Authorize Strike

Boeing has its hands full right now. It is still trying to get to the bottom of a battery fire on one of its new 787s, and now technical workers have authorized a strike. They'll negotiate again before a walkout.
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Automatic Spending Cut Would Cause 'Hardship' For People

The Pentagon plans to notify members of Congress Wednesday about its plans to furlough some 800,000 civilian employees later this spring. That's just one consequence of the federal government's automatic spending cuts which are due to take effect next week. President Obama is urging Congress to halt the cuts, at least temporarily, while lawmakers try to craft a more lasting budget agreement.
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Civil Penalties At Stake In Trial Against BP

A massive civil lawsuit over liability for the worst oil disaster in U.S. history goes to trial next week in New Orleans. The U.S. Justice Department and Gulf states say BP was grossly negligent and put profits over safety, leading to the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. Eleven rig workers were killed. Settlement talks have continued but states say they are pushing for a trial to make sure BP is held accountable and pays to restore the Gulf Coast environment and economy.
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Where Does Overhauling Immigration Stand?

Bipartisan groups of lawmakers are working together on overhauling immigration. On Tuesday, President Obama spoke with several of the senators involved. But there's been some controversy over a draft White House proposal on immigration that was made public.
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In New York, Taxi Apps Raise Objections From Competitors

Following the lead of cities like San Francisco and Washington, D.C., New York wants to permit passengers to use smartphone apps to find a yellow cab. But the prospect of change has prompted a lawsuit from private car services, whose passengers already use smartphones to hail drivers.
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Money Replaces Willpower In Programs Promoting Weight Loss

A group of nurses is competing for $10,000 in a weight-loss contest. A New York man motivated himself by pledging to donate to a cause he hated. Both approaches use money to reach a target weight. But which is better — the carrot or the stick?

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