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U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. | Video

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Union backing elusive as Garcia seeks to unseat Chicago Mayor Emanuel

CHICAGO - Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is struggling to round up support from labor unions as he seeks to unseat pro-business Mayor Rahm Emanuel, even though he bills himself as more progressive.

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U.S. service sector activity ticks up in February

NEW YORK - A gauge of growth in the U.S. services sector was modestly stronger than expected in February, helped as an index on employment rebounded from recent weakness.

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Thirty-three miners dead after pit blast in east Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine - Thirty-three miners were confirmed dead late on Wednesday after a coal mine blast in the rebel-held city of Donetsk near the battle front in eastern Ukraine, indicating no one trapped in the rubble survived. | Video

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Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL approval

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.

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Rebels attack Aleppo security building, monitor says dozens killed

BEIRUT - Insurgents attacked a Syrian government security building in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, bombing it and then launching a ground assault, sources on both sides and a monitoring group said.

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U.S., Europe weighing potential deeper Russia sanctions: Nuland

WASHINGTON - A U.S. sanctions team is in Europe this week discussing possible deeper sectoral penalties against Russia if a ceasefire deal with Ukraine is further violated, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday.