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Dominican Republic installs beach despite drought

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

The Dominican Republic is being criticized for building a temporary artificial beach amid a drought.

Colorado socialite killed by blunt force to head

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

A coroner says blunt force injury to the head killed a socialite who was found in her home in a Colorado resort town.

Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

Mexico probes death of pregnant woman at clinic

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Mexico's latest case of denial of medical care for poor and Indian women has resulted in the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

The outlook for the president's health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it's time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon.

US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic sanctions.

Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama.

Nevada probe detects cheating on standardized test

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

At least one adult altered the answer sheets on standardized tests at a Las Vegas elementary school, leading to skyrocketing scores from one year to the next, an investigation by the Nevada Department of Education concluded.

Fox News to premiere 'Outnumbered' on April 28

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Fox News Channel says it's launching a weekday program called "Outnumbered," featuring four female panelists and one male panelist.

NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

The move by New York City's new police commissioner to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the huge post-9/11 intelligence-gathering machinery built by his predecessor.

Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company Doe

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case linked to a child's death.

Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time statewide in the primary election next month.

Chelsea Clinton: I might run for office someday

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Chelsea Clinton says she's happy right now with her elected representatives — but might come for their jobs if that changes.

US stocks rise, extending gains into third day

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Stocks are higher for a third day in a row after more U.S. companies report solid earnings and on encouraging news about China's economy.

Knife found in enchilada at California airport

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

A woman is facing a possible fine after federal officials say they found a knife inside an enchilada in her bag during security screening at a Northern California airport.

Inmates rock Peru prison with 'Superstar

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Inmates have rocked a Peruvian prison with a Holy Week performance of the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.

Lost sea lion in California found mile from water

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

Appeals court upholds Snowden email firm contempt

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a contempt of court citation against an email service provider used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Portland officer wounded, dog killed in shootout

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

A Portland, Ore., police dog sicked on a burglary suspect was fatally shot early Wednesday, and his handler was wounded.