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Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money

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WASHINGTON - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. | Video

California governor orders 25 percent reduction in water usage statewide

PHILLIPS, Calif. - California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating multiyear drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday, directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25 percent.

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Arkansas governor seeks fix of religion bill seen as targeting gays

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told lawmakers on Wednesday to revise a bill that rights activists and U.S. businesses said allowed discrimination against gays, and home-state corporate giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc praised his action.

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Phoenix policeman won't face charges for shooting unarmed black man

PHOENIX - No criminal charges will be filed against a white Phoenix police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in December during what authorities described as a struggle, county prosecutors said on Wednesday.

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FBI confirms death of militant with DNA from severed finger

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday it has confirmed that Zulkifli bin Hir, one of its "most wanted terrorists," was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January.

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Menendez's fate could sharpen Republicans' edge in Senate

WASHINGTON - Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez's indictment on corruption charges on Wednesday raised the possibility of Republicans gaining a 55th Senate seat to strengthen their hand in policy fights with President Barack Obama.

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McDonald's raising average worker wage to about $10 an hour

LOS ANGELES - McDonald's Corp plans to raise the average pay of about 90,000 U.S. workers to around $10 an hour, but the increase will not benefit workers at the vast majority of the restaurants, because they are operated by franchisees, who make their own wage decisions.

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Seattle starts phasing in $15 minimum wage amid U.S. pay debate

SEATTLE - Seattle's new minimum wage law took effect on Wednesday amid mixed reaction from businesses, giving some workers a bump in compensation on the way to a $15 hourly wage, among the highest big-city pay floors in the United States.

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Sperm bank moving next to big Florida university to tap donor pool

ORLANDO, Fla. - A leading sperm bank is relocating its headquarters next to a Florida university with the second-highest student enrollment in the United States in hopes of tapping into its large pool of healthy, well-educated potential donors, the company said.

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Judge enters not guilty plea for Detroit man claiming police abuse

DETROIT - A judge on Wednesday entered a not guilty plea for a man charged with drug possession who was dragged from his car, struck several times in the head and Tasered by suburban Detroit police during an arrest recorded on squad car video.

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