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Blizzard pounds U.S. northeast, New York spared its brunt


BOSTON/NEW YORK - A U.S. blizzard swept past New York City and struck hardest at some 4.5 million people around Boston, dropping nearly three feet of snow in areas and triggering high tides that breached a seawall and forced residents to flee their coastal homes. | Video

Uber says ride services reduce drunk driving

SAN FRANCISCO - Uber, a ride service facing legal challenges around the world, on Tuesday released a survey showing that people are less likely to drive home after drinking alcohol after such businesses started operating in their cities.

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U.S. says 9.5 million people enroll for 2015 Obamacare insurance

- More than 9.5 million people have signed up for 2015 individual health insurance on the new exchanges created under the national healthcare reform law, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, a number that surpasses its enrollment target for the year.

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Battle lines drawn as Oklahoma lawmakers take aim at gays

OKLAHOMA CITY - A raft of proposed laws in socially conservative Oklahoma, criticized for being discriminatory measures aimed at limiting the rights of gay and transgender people, has prompted a pushback from human rights groups seeking to sink the proposals.

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Georgia couple trying to buy car off Craigslist fatally shot: police

ATLANTA - A Georgia couple who disappeared after they set out to buy a car from Craigslist died of gunshot wounds to the head, and a suspect has been charged with murder and armed robbery in connection to their deaths, a sheriff's office said on Tuesday.

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Washington state bill would scrap delayed Seattle tunnel project

SEATTLE - Two Washington state lawmakers have introduced a bill to scrap a $3.1 billion roadway overhaul and expressway tunnel excavation in Seattle, branding the project a failure beset by cost overruns, construction mishaps and delays.

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Original Wells Fargo bank site in San Francisco robbed of Gold Rush-era nuggets

SAN FRANCISCO - Three bandits wearing ski masks crashed a stolen SUV into the Wells Fargo History Museum in San Francisco early on Tuesday and held a security guard at gunpoint before making off with a display of gold nuggets from the 19th century, police said.

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Twins who turned on Mexican cartels sentenced to 14 years

CHICAGO - Twin brothers who ran a massive Chicago distribution hub for Mexican drug cartels but then helped the U.S. government convict more than a dozen drug dealers were sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday in federal court.

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Mormon church announces support for U.S. laws protecting gay rights

SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church on Tuesday announced its support for U.S. laws protecting the rights of gay individuals - as long as religious freedoms are not compromised - a rare conciliatory move toward a community with whom it has long been at odds.

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Detroit may offer city workers half off on vacant homes

DETROIT - Detroit may offer city employees a 50 percent discount on homes sold through the city's auction program as part of its efforts to rebound after exiting its historic bankruptcy in December.

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