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Drought eases in farm belt but not over yet

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With the farm belt’s soil recharged by melted snow and spring rains, farmers are anxious to start working the fields and planting seed for the 2013 crop season.


Man waits for help after becoming stuck in snow, Lawrence, Kansas (AP Photo)

Spring snowstorm moving east

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Winter storm warnings and advisories have been issued as far east as Pennsylvania as a storm system moves across the country after dumping up to 15 inches of snow on parts of Colorado and Kansas.


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6 US school districts form food alliance

NEW YORK (AP) — Urban school districts in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas announced Wednesday they are joining forces to coordinate school lunch planning in an attempt to keep costs down while providing healthful food choices.


President Obama

Campaign for Obama library in full swing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Where will President Barack Obama put his presidential library? Four years from the end of Obama’s presidency, Chicago and Honolulu are ramping up campaigns to build the center.


US home prices

US home prices rose by most in nearly 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices jumped in January, a sign the housing market is gaining momentum as it nears the spring selling season.


Snow plows lined up at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. (AP Photo)

Nearly 1,000 flights canceled at Chicago airports

CHICAGO (AP) — Airlines have canceled nearly 1,000 flights at Chicago airports because a winter storm is forecast to bring up to 10 inches of snow to northern Illinois.


California Health Insurance Exchange

Myriad languages, cultures challenge health reform

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – While new marketplaces are being created for buying health insurance, many states are facing cultural and language hurdles in trying to promote and explain the changes to ethnic and hard-to-reach populations.


2 actors get $500,000 inheritance from a fan

Actors Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton were bequeathed $500,000 each by Ray Fulk of Lincoln, Illinois. According to the newspaper The State Journal-Register, Fulk, who never met Barton or Brophy, was a fan of their TV shows.


Atlanta to San Diego: 7 cities’ pension problems

The Associated Press recaps seven cities with pension problems.


New laws at a glance: Eyedrops, brakes, Facebook

(AP) – As 2013 begins, many states are enacting new laws. Here’s a look at some of them.





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