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February 20, 2015 - 5:49am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A government advisory committee is recommending new dietary guidelines that call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats.

At the same time, the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol, so more eggs are OK. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you.

The committee also is backing off stricter limits on salt, though it says Americans still...

February 20, 2015 - 5:46am
1 week 3 days ago

The bitter cold that has gripped the Eastern U.S. is showing no sign of letting up before the weekend.

The National Weather Service says the newest band of Arctic air could plunge parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic into deep freezes that haven't been felt since the mid-1990s.

Temperatures and wind chills yesterday dipped near zero or below in the Midwest, Northeast and even the South — where people are unaccustomed to the weather-related road...

February 20, 2015 - 4:50am
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison in a public corruption case that destroyed her husband's political career.

U.S. District Judge James Spencer sentenced McDonnell on eight counts Friday. Prosecutors asked for an 18-month sentence. Defense attorneys requested probation and 4,000 hours of community service.

A jury in September found former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his...

February 20, 2015 - 3:18am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Students who like NASCAR take note: You need a lot of geometry and physics to get a race car to go 200 laps at speeds that can top 200 mph.

In a nod to the often overlooked science behind races like Sunday's Daytona 500, NASCAR is announcing a years-long commitment to promote "STEM" in classrooms. STEM is the buzzword for science, technology, engineering and math.

NASCAR says it's distributing 7,400 kits to classroom teachers...

February 20, 2015 - 3:11am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The official agenda for the National Governors Association winter meeting doesn't tell the full story.

While many governors will attend panel discussions on cybersecurity, education reform and economic development, a select group of state executives will spend much of the weekend working in private to improve their White House prospects.

The three-day gathering beginning Friday in Washington comes at a critical time for ambitious...

February 20, 2015 - 2:50am
1 week 3 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Arctic air and bitterly cold wind is moving across the Northeast, plunging temperatures into record low single digits, accompanied by subzero wind chills.

The National Weather Service says Friday's extreme weather brought record low temperatures from western Pennsylvania to New York City and on into Connecticut, forcing a number of school closures

In western Pennsylvania, temperatures dipped to minus 18 in New Castle, minus 15 in...

February 20, 2015 - 2:34am
1 week 3 days ago

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A forensic psychologist says the ex-Marine who shot "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man wasn't legally insane, but had a paranoid disorder made worse by using alcohol and marijuana.

Prosecutors on Friday called a rebuttal witness in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who's charged with killing Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. Routh's attorneys, who are pursuing an insanity defense, rested their case Thursday.

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February 20, 2015 - 1:59am
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the state's gay marriage ban has been "needlessly cast into doubt" after a judge gave a lesbian Austin couple permission to tie the knot.

Paxton on Friday asked the Texas Supreme Court to declare the marriage license issued to Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend invalid. Paxton warned of "legal chaos" if the court doesn't make clear that a judge wrongly allowed the couple to wed.

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February 20, 2015 - 1:57am
1 week 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Striking FairPoint workers are reacting positively to a tentative agreement aimed at ending a four-month strike.

More than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are voting over the next three days during meetings in which they're being briefed on details.

Hundreds of workers arrived for a meeting Friday in Portland chanting "One day longer, one day stronger!"

They said they were told FairPoint...

February 20, 2015 - 1:34am
1 week 3 days ago

NATICK, Mass. (AP) — The owner of one of America's largest collections of Nazi-made Enigma encryption machines says there's a lot "The Imitation Game" gets right.

The Oscar-nominated film traces the story of pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, who cracked the German army's communications code and helped the Allies to victory in World War II.

Kenneth Rendell, founder of the Museum of World War II, says the movie's biggest achievement is...

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