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July 23, 2014 - 5:15pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study estimates that more than 10 million adults gained health insurance by midyear as the coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's law took hold in much of the country.

The study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the share of Americans ages 18 to 64 without insurance dropped by a little more than 5 percentage points.

States that embraced the law's Medicaid expansion saw significant...

July 23, 2014 - 5:13pm
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The stock market eked out a record high Wednesday, as investors weighed positive earnings from the technology industry against disappointing news from Boeing and other companies.

Apple reported earnings that topped analysts' estimates, helped by rising shipments of iPhones. Microsoft also reported results that beat forecasts.

On Wednesday:

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 26.91 points, or 0.2 percent, to close at 17,086.63...

July 23, 2014 - 5:13pm
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new campaign Wednesday — to encourage parents to talk, read and sing to their babies.

The former secretary of state joined community leaders in Oakland to kick-start the "Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing" campaign, which is sponsored by the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and several nonprofit organizations.

The initiative is aimed at raising awareness, especially among low-...

July 23, 2014 - 4:59pm
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.

The apparent plagiarism first reported by The New York Times was the second potentially damaging issue raised this year involving the Democrat's 33-year military career,...

July 23, 2014 - 4:53pm
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HONOLULU (AP) — Federal wildlife officials recently proposed strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species in an effort to prevent them from being introduced into the wild.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would prohibit bringing the snakes into the country and shipping them between states except for scientific and educational purposes. The rules would also apply to reticulated python, green anaconda, Beni anaconda and...

July 23, 2014 - 4:51pm
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McLEAN, Va. (AP) — In some spots, the train tracks rise 40 feet above some of Virginia's priciest real estate, held aloft by massive concrete trestles. In one tiny stretch, the tracks dive underground through the heart of Tysons Corner, northern Virginia's commercial hub.

On Saturday, after decades of planning and years of headache-inducing construction, the $2.9 billion Metro Silver Line opens to passengers, linking Tysons and Reston to the D.C. region's extensive...

July 23, 2014 - 4:49pm
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McLEAN, Va. (AP) — After decades of planning and years of construction, the Metro Silver Line opens to passengers Saturday.

The commuter rail line linking Tysons Corner and Reston to the extensive D.C.-area subway system cost nearly $3 billion.

By 2018, the Silver Line will extend west another 11 miles to Dulles International Airport at an additional cost of $2.7 billion.

As opening day approaches, questions remain about whether...

July 23, 2014 - 4:46pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency.

In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years...

July 23, 2014 - 4:44pm
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GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been charged with capital murder in the slaying and sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl who was taken from an apartment complex last week.

Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania says charges were filed Wednesday against 29-year-old Alberto Julio Garcia of Gulfport, identified several days ago as a person of interest in the slaying of Ja-Naya (juh-NAY-uh) Thompson.

Papania says Garcia will be held without...

July 23, 2014 - 4:36pm
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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S.

The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7 million cars and trucks. GM already has passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year.

The biggest recall announced Wednesday was for just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs for faulty seats. Other problems include incomplete...

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