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  • N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Silver to temporarily relinquish duties: NYT

    (Reuters) - New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver agreed on Sunday to relinquish his duties on a temporary basis as he fights federal corruption charges, the New York Times reported, citing people briefed on the matter. Silver's decision came amid mounting pressure from his fellow Democrats in…

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  • U.S. firms raising wages; skills gap in goods producing sector: survey

    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant number of American companies plan to raise wages in the next three months, a survey showed on Monday, bolstering expectations of an acceleration in wage growth this year. The National Association for Business Economics' (NABE) latest…

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  • Factbox: U.S. refinery worker proposals and past negotiations

    Representatives of the United Steelworkers union (USW) and oil companies have completed five days of talks as of Sunday for a new national contract that will cover hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for 64 percent of national refining capacity. The national agreement sets the floor…

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  • East Coast braces for 'historic' blizzard on Monday

    By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A swath of the U.S. East Coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine braced for a potentially historic blizzard on Monday expected to dump as much as 3 feet (90 cm) of snow and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people. The National Weather…

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  • Two flights evacuated at Sea-Tac International over security issue

    Two commercial airline flights were evacuated after landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday over a security concern, a spokesman for the airport said. Jet Blue Flight 1006, inbound to Seattle from Long Beach, California, and SkyWest Flight 4741, were both cleared of passengers…

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  • Union sends messages of frustration in U.S. refinery contract talks

    In five days of negotiations for a new three-year contract covering hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries, the United Steelworkers union (USW) has sent only messages of frustration to its members. Twitter messages on Friday and Saturday said one industry offer had been rejected and the talks with…

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  • Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will call on Congress to expand protection of Alaska's Arctic refuge where oil and gas drilling is prohibited to 12 million acres (5 million hectares), an area that includes 1.4 million oil-rich acres along the coast. The proposal,…

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  • Blizzard warning issued for New York city area from Monday

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the New York City area from Monday afternoon until Tuesday, saying heavy snow was expected to fall in the region. "Crippling and potentially historic blizzard to impact the area from late Monday into Tuesday, it…

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  • Blizzard warning prompts United Airlines to cancel Tuesday NY flights

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines will cancel all Tuesday flights at airports in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, due to warnings for a historic blizzard expected to reach the East Coast on Monday afternoon, a spokeswoman said. The company will limit operations beginning Monday evening at the…

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  • Two dead in apparent murder-suicide at NYC Home Depot: NYPD

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were killed after a shooting in a Home Depot store in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on Sunday afternoon in what appears to be a murder-suicide, two New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesmen said. One male individual, who preliminary NYPD investigations suggest…

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  • Eastern Michigan University women's basketball player dies in car crash

    A member of the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team and another university student died on Sunday in a head-on car crash near campus in Ypsilanti Township, officials said. Shannise Heady, 21, a forward with the team, was driving a car that crossed the center line and struck another…

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  • Senior House Republican says housing finance reform 'huge priority'

    A top U.S. Republican lawmaker will revisit a plan to reduce government involvement in the country's housing finance system, and expects Senate colleagues to be receptive to potential changes, according to an interview aired on C-SPAN on Sunday. Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House…

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  • U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

    Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said. The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard…

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  • FBI identifies kidnap suspect on lam in Kentucky

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - The FBI on Saturday identified a man suspected in a kidnapping in Missouri after authorities say he crashed a car-jacked van more than 500 miles away in Kentucky and fled in another stolen vehicle. Robert "Robbie" Caldwell, 25, and an unidentified man…

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  • Lock of Abe Lincoln's hair sells for $25,000 at Dallas auction

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A lock of slain U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's hair and items connected to his assassin were top sellers on Saturday at an auction that fetched $803,889 in the sale of a top private collection of Lincoln memorabilia. Fetching $25,000 was the lock of hair…

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  • Father fatally shoots 3 in New York home before killing self

    Jonathon Walker, 34, also critically wounded his 12-year-old daughter in the shootings in the borough of Queens, close to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Officers arrived at the home around 5:40 a.m. and found four people shot in an incident that "underscores the human toll and horror of…

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  • Winter storm spreads snow, traffic woes in Northeast

    A winter storm spread freezing rain and snow and snarled traffic from the Middle Atlantic states into New England on Saturday, and forecasters said they expected a second system to lash the region early next week. Winter storm warnings were in place for much of Massachusetts, Maine and New…

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  • Two marines die in California military helicopter crash

    (Reuters) - Two marines died on Friday when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in southern California, military officials said. The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. local time after the aircraft took off from a marine combat center in the desert city of Twentynine Palms, Marine…

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  • Teenage student fatally stabbed at California middle school

    (Reuters) - A teenage student was fatally stabbed at a Los Angeles middle school on Friday afternoon, officials said, with no-one yet taken into custody. The 14-year-old victim, who was not identified by police, was on the David Wark Griffith Middle School campus around 3 p.m. local time when he…

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  • Doctors group urges measles shots as Disneyland outbreak spreads

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The leading U.S. pediatrician group on Friday urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December and has spread to more than 80 people in seven states and…

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