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NASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

NASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

December 18th, 2014 9:00 pm by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck. The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. NASA plans to use future models to help get astronauts to Mars.

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Two states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

Two states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

December 18th, 2014 7:51 pm by Associated Press

"This contraband has been heavily trafficked into our state," Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said at a news conference in Lincoln. "While Colorado reaps millions from the sale of pot, Nebraska taxpayers have to bear the cost."

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Tenn., 6 other states have bans on atheists holding office

Tenn., 6 other states have bans on atheists holding office

December 18th, 2014 7:00 pm by Associated Press

Such bans are unenforceable, according to a 1961 Supreme Court decision. The high court ruled unanimously in a Maryland case that states cannot have a "religious test" for public office.

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14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64

14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64

December 18th, 2014 8:31 am by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer

More than 750 people in 20 states were sickened, and 64 died after they contracted fungal meningitis and other illnesses in 2012 from tainted steroids made by the Framingham, Mass., company.

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AP: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

AP: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

December 18th, 2014 8:24 am by HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press

At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger.

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Haslam names Candice McQueen new ed commissioner

Haslam names Candice McQueen new ed commissioner

December 17th, 2014 3:05 pm by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

Governor Bill Haslam announced Wednesday that he's chosen Candice McQueen as the next Education Department Commissioner. She will replace Kevin Huffman, who announced last month that he's leaving for the private sector.

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U.S. travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

U.S. travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

December 17th, 2014 1:04 pm by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Business Writer

President Barack Obama's announcement to re-establish diplomatic ties with the Caribbean nation does give hope to airlines, hotel chains and cruise companies — all which have been quietly eyeing a removal of the Cuba travel ban.

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Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

December 17th, 2014 12:27 pm by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November.

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AP sources: US, Cuba seek to normalize relations

AP sources: US, Cuba seek to normalize relations

December 17th, 2014 11:41 am by JULIE PACE, Associated Press; MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

The announcement came amid a series of sudden confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American prisoner Alan Gross

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Tennessee High court to decide on secrecy of execution team

Tennessee High court to decide on secrecy of execution team

December 17th, 2014 9:27 am by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press

As part of that lawsuit, they requested the names of the people who will carry out the executions. The state initially agreed to release the names to the inmates' attorneys, not to the inmates. But the state later reversed course

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