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SeaTac Voters OK $15 Minimum Wage; Recount Requested

By a margin of 77 votes, residents of the Seattle suburb of SeaTac have approved a $15 minimum wage for workers in and around its international airport, officials say. The measure faces a recount and other challenges.
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Obama Helps 2014 Democrats One Way He Still Can — With Cash

While vulnerable congressional Democrats might politely decline a local appearance by President Obama on their behalf, the money he's raising for their campaigns is an entirely different matter.
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Dozens Of Haitian Migrants Reported Dead After Boat Capsizes

U.S. Coast Guard crews scrambled to work with Bahamian forces to rescue more than 100 survivors Tuesday. The Coast Guard says the craft ran aground in the Exuma Cays.
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The Stock Market Loves The Fed For Now, But Can It Last?

Major stock indexes have shot to record highs in the U.S. this year, gaining more than 20 percent, and yet economic growth remains at disappointing levels. A lot of analysts say the Federal Reserve's stimulus efforts are behind the stock boom and a possible bubble.
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Still A Teenager, Freed Cartel Killer Will Leave Mexico For U.S.

Three years after the startling arrest of a 14-year-old for acting as a gang's assassin in Mexico, the boy, now 17, is reportedly heading to the United States, according to media and government reports. Edgar Jimenez, nicknamed El Ponchis — "The Cloak" — is a U.S. citizen who was born in San Diego.
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The Misery Of Holiday Travel, In One Real-Time Map

As sleet, snow and rain batter parts of the country, here's a real-time look at the collective suffering of holiday travelers.
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Colo. Fracking Votes Put Pressure On Energy Companies

Voters in three Colorado communities passed measures this month limiting the practice of hydraulic fracturing. A close vote in a fourth community means a recount next week. Companies say the measures are creating an uncertain business environment.
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Supreme Court Takes Challenge To Obamacare Contraceptive Rule

President Obama's Affordable Care Act will be back before the Supreme Court this spring. This time, the issue is whether for-profit corporations citing religious objections may refuse to provide contraceptive services in health insurance plans offered to employees.
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Report: Humane Association Covered Up Animal Abuse On Hollywood Sets

An investigation by The Hollywood Reporter alleges that the American Humane Association has tried to cover up instances of animal abuse and deaths on Hollywood sets. Melissa Block talks with Gary Baum, a senior writer for the magazine who reported the story.
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Is Easing Iran Sanctions The Right Move?

Much of the criticism of the interim nuclear deal reached with Iran Sunday has focused on the sanctions relief Iran will receive over the next six months if it follows through on restricting its nuclear program. Although the only irreversible relief being offered is a gradual release of $4.2 billion in frozen Iranian revenue, critics warn that the "architecture of the sanctions regime has been undermined." Analysts say all the important sanctions hampering Iran's economy remain in place, but the announcement of the deal itself is having a psychological impact on markets. Asian energy importers will be looking to benefit, as will Turkey and Dubai.

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