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Alcoa Will Pay $384 Million Penalty For Bahrain Bribes

The company's stock slumped after a criminal and civil settlement was announced – and after Alcoa also said it had missed Wall Street analysts' earnings estimates.
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Food Firms Trim Trillions Of Calories From Packaged Treats

In the past few years, major food manufacturers have introduced more healthful versions of their products, such as low-fat ice cream and "light" soups. These efforts have slashed 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods sold in 2012, a study finds. But does that calorie drop help shrink Americans' growing waistlines?
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A Newly Potholed Bridge Pops Up On Christie's Road To 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has found the George Washington Bridge in his way on the road to a potential 2016 presidential run. Right now, it's still an open question whether he'll get over it.
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Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests

Pennsylvania is the fastest-growing state for natural gas production, but the development is cutting through swathes of previously unbroken forests. Some scientists say this could affect wildlife, which perform important functions like climate and insect control.
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White House Picks Choctaw Nation To Fight Poverty In Oklahoma

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is one of the first five groups to benefit from a new federal anti-poverty program called "Promise Zones," which also include communities in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Antonio and southeastern Kentucky. Tribal leaders hope the initiative will bring more opportunities to their impoverished rural community.
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Abortion Doctor Killer Appeals To Kansas High Court

In 2009, Dr. George Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country who performed "late abortions," was killed at his church in Wichita. His killer, Scott Roeder, was convicted of first degree murder and is serving a life term. Now, his attorneys are appealing the case at the Kansas Supreme Court.
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In Maryville, The Case Stays Closed

On Thursday, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced that she will not file sexual assault charges in a 2013 rape case in Maryville, Mo. Baker had been appointed special prosecutor to re-examine the case in response to the public outcry — sparked by a Kansas City Star report — that it was originally mishandled.
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Two More Christie Aides Dropped For Role In Political Revenge

Two more staffers are out of the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The widening scandal started with a multi-day traffic jam on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, and now it has people questioning Christie's future in politics.
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How Christie Can Cross The Bridge Scandal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is apologizing for actions that his staff took to shut down portions of the George Washington Bridge in New York City that affected local residents of Fort Lee, N.J. Robert Siegel speaks with Republican strategist Mike Murphy about what this incident may mean for the governor's political aspirations and the residents of New Jersey.
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Jerry Brown Proposes A New Budget For California

California Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget proposal that calls for a $1.9 billion rainy day fund, cuts to the prison population and some funds restored to the state's higher education system. However, state workers hoping to see more in their pension funds will be disappointed.

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