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States Say Cutting Down On Carbon Was Easier Than Expected

Next week President Obama will unveil his plan for the first nationwide program to control greenhouse gas emissions from the electrical power sector. States that have already started to control such emissions say it's not as hard as they thought it would be. They've ended up exceeding their goals, largely because of abundant natural gas, which burns more cleanly than coal.
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Texas Takes A Hard Right Turn

In most states this year, the Republican establishment has managed to hold off Tea Party challengers. In Texas, the opposite was true.
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The Economy Takes A Dip, But Analysts Look For It To Snap Back

The latest U.S. report showed growth shrank in early 2014, but talk of a recession is unwarranted, economists say. They blame a harsh winter and say strong consumer spending signals a rebound.
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Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles For Various Defects

The recalls include 1.1 million SUVs with power steering defects, 200,000 Taurus sedans with a corrosion issue and 82,500 vehicles with floor mats that might interfere with the accelerator.
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Teenage Sisters Allegedly Gang-Raped, Murdered In India

The bodies of the girls were found hanging from a mango tree. Authorities have arrested seven men, including two police constables, in connection with the assault.
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Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High

Because more people are refusing vaccines, measles can spread when people bring it to the U.S. from abroad. That's what's behind the high number of cases this year, with 288 so far.
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Anonymous Man Starts Internet Frenzy By Giving Away Cash

A man who says he cleared a big profit in a real-estate deal has been giving away money, hiding $50 or $100 at a time in California cities. More than 250,000 are following his clues on Twitter.
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'Belle': Romance, Race And Slavery With Jane Austen Style

After the success of movies about the brutality of slavery, the film Belle brings a whole new perspective. Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw talks about her role as a mixed-race 18th century heroine.
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Google's White Male-Heavy Staff Underlines Tech's Diversity Problem

After years of stalling, Google released a demographic breakdown of its staff that shows the company as 70 percent male and 61 percent white.
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U.S. GDP Fell 1 Percent; First Drop In 3 Years

Government analysts blame the first-quarter slump on "a significant decline in inventory investment," especially among car dealerships. Jobless claims fell by 27,000 last week, to 300,000.

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