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April 18, 2015 - 11:04am
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The historic barrage of snow and cold in New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses as well as gardeners eager to get outside and in the dirt.

The growing season is one to two weeks behind schedule, following a winter that lacked the usual mid-season thaw.

While the blankets of snow insulated and protected plants and roots from winter winters, the weight of...

April 18, 2015 - 10:40am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food.

Instead of providing low-income students free or reduced-price meals in the cafeteria, they're increasingly serving all children in the classroom.

That change has been pushed by food policy advocates who say it increases equity, but it also fueled a backlash from parents...

April 18, 2015 - 9:52am
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BOSTON (AP) — Visitors to the Massachusetts Statehouse will once again be able to view the statue of former President John F. Kennedy up close.

Beginning on Tuesday, visitors to the historic gold-domed building will be able to walk out a side door that leads to the statue.

Access to the statue, which captures Kennedy in mid-stride, was restricted after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when many of the entrances and exits to the Statehouse were closed...

April 18, 2015 - 8:34am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly, bipartisanship has broken out on Capitol Hill.

Iran, Medicare, education, trade — Republicans and Democrats are coming together to make deals, and that's something rarely seen lately.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says it's great, and the developments have Congress-watchers applauding.

Jason Grumet of the Bipartisan Policy Center says that "democracy had a pretty good week, and it's been a long...

April 18, 2015 - 7:49am
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president says he has reached an agreement with Israel in which tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians will be transferred following a three-month freeze.

Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that "there is an agreement; the money will be sent in full."

Abbas initially rejected Israel's unfreezing of the tax funds because it included a deduction to settle debts incurred by his Palestinian Authority, including...

April 18, 2015 - 7:31am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day this week with a visit to the Florida Everglades.

In his weekly radio address out Saturday, Obama says "there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change."

He says he'll visit the Everglades on Wednesday to talk about how global warming threatens the U.S. economy. He says rising sea levels are putting the "economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry" at risk....

April 18, 2015 - 7:18am
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JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say police officers shot and killed a suburban St. Louis man after he charged at them.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference Saturday that the man's mother reported Friday night that her son had barricaded himself in a home in Jennings.

St. Louis television station KMOV reports that Belmar says the man had access to a sword and that officers tried but failed to engage him in conversation...

April 18, 2015 - 4:02am
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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have shot and killed a man in the city's South Shore neighborhood after officers said he pointed a gun at them.

The Chicago Police Department Office of News Affairs said in a statement early Saturday that officers heard shots fired at about 10:10 p.m. Friday and saw a van driving away. A male passenger jumped out of the van and began running.

Deputy Chief Dana Alexander told WLS-TV the man, whose identity and age were...

April 18, 2015 - 3:01am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — An all-day Earth Day rally and concert is drawing some big names to the National Mall.

Usher, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Common and Train are scheduled to perform Saturday during the free event hosted by and Soledad O'Brien. The rally runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. near the Washington Monument.

Earth Day organizers also are announcing plans with developers of the popular "Angry Birds" game to create a new in-game experience...

April 18, 2015 - 2:22am
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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Real estate mogul and Michigan billionaire A. Alfred Taubman, whose business success and philanthropy was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. He was 91.

Son Robert S. Taubman, the president and CEO of Taubman Centers, Inc., says his father died Friday night of a heart attack.

Taubman donated hundreds of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and museums, and was a major backer of stem-...

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