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Day in History: Ronald Reagan; Alaska; Brando; Jeopardy; Ramones

Updated: 03/30/2014 - On March 30 - In 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously wounded outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded in the attack were White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, and District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty... In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million... In 1955, the movie "On the Waterfront" won the Academy Award for best picture. Marlon Brando won the best actor Oscar... In 1964, the original version of the TV game show "Jeopardy!," hosted by Art Fleming, premiered on NBC... In 1974, the Ramones' first concert took place at Performance Studio in New York...

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US News: Mudslide; Oil Spill; DC Cherry Festival but No Open Buds; Elevator Shaft Plunge; Cougar, Elephants

Posted: 03/23/2014 - 3 killed in big Washington state mudslide... Galveston Bay oil spill threatens bird migration... Medically induced obese Texas girl who had tumor has surgery in Ohio... Washington opens annual Cherry Blossom Festival while buds remain closed... Southern California no longer bank robbery capital... Girl survives 35-foot fall into NYC elevator shaft... Cougar attack spurs hunt... Elephants in Missouri escape...

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Ukraine, Malaysia Updates: NKorea Acting Up

Posted: 03/23/2014 - Pro-Russian forces storm Ukrainian base in Crimea... Search for Flight 370 continues with no solid evidence yet... NKorea fires short-range rockets for 2nd day

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World News: bin Laden Associates-"No Remorse"; Afghan, Iraq Terror Attacks; Turkey Leaders Ban Twitter over Corruption Scandal

Posted: 03/23/2014 - Bin Laden associates show no remorse in statements... Gunmen searched twice before Afghan hotel attack... Pakistani Taliban to hold direct talks with gov't... Iraqi officials: Attacks kill 16... Syria: Army ambushes rebels who came from Jordan... Libyan official: US navy hands oil tanker to Libya... Swedish foreign minister: Turkey Twitter ban is stupid...

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Giraffe Licks Dying Zoo Worker

Updated: 03/23/2014 - Mario Eijs, who is mentally disabled, had developed a brain tumor and had difficulty walking or speaking. He wanted to pay a final visit to the co-workers and animals he loved...

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Regional News: 3 Small Plane Crashes; Spring Breaker Hit-and-Run; Fla Toddler Shot; Fla Officer Killed; Goodwill Ammunition

Posted: 03/23/2014 - Alabama plane crashes in Colorado... Spring breaker dies in hit-and-run... Fla. man charged after toddler son shot dead... Hurricane forecasting change... 2 small plane crashes in Fla... Officer shot, killed in central Fla... Fla. Legislature ready to pay former pig farmer?... Goodwill stores donating ammunition to Ga. police...

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Day in History: "Give Me Liberty"; Lewis & Clark; Beach Boys; Watergate; Liz Taylor

Posted: 03/23/2014 - On March 23 - In 1775, Patrick Henry delivered an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention in which he is said to have declared, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" In 1806, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, began their journey back east. In 1963, the Beach Boys released the single "Surfin' USA." In 1973, before sentencing a group of Watergate break-in defendants, Chief U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica read aloud a letter to him from James W. McCord Jr. which said there had been "political pressure" to "plead guilty and remain silent." In 2011, Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor died in Los Angeles at age 79.

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US News: Keystone Pipeline-Big 2014 Campaign Issue?; Great Lakes Ice Kills Ducks; Blue Angels Back; New Blimp; Car Recalls

Posted: 03/16/2014 - Dems grapple with dilemma on Keystone XL pipeline... Fish-eating ducks hard hit by severe winter, ice... Rescue workers reach basement of NYC blast site... After ashes found, daughter asks: Who did I bury?... Goodyear unveils next-generation blimp, seeks name... Navy's Blue Angels return to skies over California... Fiat recalling more than 18,000 2014 Fiat 500Ls... Honda recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans...

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World News: Iran Says Nuclear Sabotage Prevented; Karzai: US "Imposed" War on Afghans

Updated: 03/16/2014 - Iran says sabotage prevented at nuclear facility... Car bombs kill at least 19 people in Iraq's capital... Karzai says war 'imposed' on Afghanistan... Pakistan reduces sentence for doctor... Israeli minister: No peace without recognition... US offers bounties for 3 al-Shabab leaders implicated in 2013 attack on Kenyan shopping mall... China widens currency's fluctuation against dollar... Sea survivor meets companion's mother...

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Regional News: Woman in Trash Compactor; Birds vs. Fishing Gear; Parasitic Worms; Jellyfish Season; Hazing Case

Updated: 03/16/2014 - Oil mars Ala. swamp months after crude train crash... Ala woman in trash compactor... Fishing gear hurting birds at Sunshine Skyway pier... Parasitic worms found in Asian swamp eels in Fla... Hazing charges dropped for one defendant in FAMU Hazing case... Canadian Female Olympian plays in men's pro hockey game in Ga... Church arson suspected in Ga church fire... Commercial jellyfish season opens in Ga...

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Day in History: Magellan; Goddard; My Lai; Tonya Harding; Reba McEntire

Updated: 03/16/2014 - On March 15 - In 1521, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines, where he was killed by natives the following month. In 1926, rocket science pioneer Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Mass. In 1968, during the Vietnam War, the My Lai Massacre of Vietnamese civilians was carried out by U.S. Army troops; estimates of the death toll vary between 347 and 504. In 1994, figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, avoiding jail but drawing a $100,000 fine. In 1974, the Grand Ole Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium to a new facility at the Opryland complex. In 1991, seven members of Reba McEntire's band and her road manager were killed when their plane crashed after taking off from an airport in San Diego.

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Malaysian Missing Airliner Latest: Search Continues: US Sends Destroyer, Investigators: Texas Firm Had Passengers

Posted: 03/09/2014 - US to assist in Malaysia air crash investigation... US Navy sends destroyer to help in plane search... Why Malaysia Airlines jet might have disappeared... Search resumes for missing Malaysian jetliner... Austin tech firm had 20 employees on missing plane... Family says Texas man on missing Malaysian plane...

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US News: Paul Wins Poll; Almost 250,000 in NC Still Without Power; California Bees Attack

Posted: 03/09/2014 - Rand Paul wins CPAC presidential straw poll... Long-time Obama aide to leave White House... Maryland governor derides tea party, urges unity... Obama to preserve California federal lands... Almost 245,000 remain without power in NC... Thousands of bees attack woman in California... Boy buried by avalanche tried to bite his way out... Pilot killed in fighter jet crash is identified...

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World News: Israel Captures Arms Ship; More Venezuela Protests; China Inflation Rate Slows

Posted: 03/09/2014 - Protests continue after Venezuelan diplomatic win... Arms ship captured by Israeli navy arrives at port... Iran president criticizes hard-liners over media... Suicide bomber uses Iraq police Humvee in attack... Libyan militia attempting at gunpoint to export oil abroad... 2 dozen children die in drought-hit south Pakistan... China's inflation rate eases to 2 pct in February...

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Regional News: Ala Shooting Deaths; Fla Drowning; Mom Accused of Trying to Drown Her Children

Posted: 03/09/2014 - Man, 91, and wife, 88, found shot to death in Ala home... Coast Guard suspends search for missing Mobile man... Ala runway 'to be avoided'... Ala and Ga vandalism... Skydiver, pilot treated after midair accident in Fla... Fla woman's strange death raises questions... Mom accused of trying to drown her children goes before Fla judge... Woman sentenced to 40 years in child abuse case... Alzheimer victim shot and killed... Ga helicopter crash... Blind hiker dies...

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Day in History: Supreme Court & Libel; Civil War; Pancho Villa; Edward R. Murrow

Posted: 03/09/2014 - Current Obit: Sheila MacRae of 'Honeymooners' fame dies at 92... On March 9 - In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, raised the standard for proving libel, unanimously ruling that public officials who charged they'd been defamed by the press concerning their official duties had to demonstrate "actual malice" on the part of the news organization in order to recover damages... In 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va... In 1916, Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, N.M., killing 18 Americans... In 1954, CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow critically reviewed Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's anti-communism campaign on "See It Now."...

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Long Waits Frustrate Callers to Health Exchanges

Posted: 03/02/2014 - The challenge in some states has been trying to get a call through at all, never mind the multiple transfers once contact has been made... wait times of an hour or more have been commonplace in some states... in California consumers wait 45 minutes to an hour for an employee to answer... the goal was to answer 80 percent of the calls within 30 seconds... Maryland's problems have been particularly embarrassing because officials there were quick to support President Barack Obama's health care overhaul...

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US News: California Rains-Good and Bad; Colorado Pileup in Snow; Crack in Wash. Dam; 13 Dogs Die in Fire

Posted: 03/02/2014 - California storms bring welcomed rain but unwanted mudslide danger... 1 killed, 20 injured in massive pileup in Colorado... Crack found in Washington dam on Columbia River... NYPD officers save unresponsive baby in patrol car... Navy: Fighter jet crashes in western Nevada... 13 dogs found dead in fire, NY man charged... Montana avalanche rescue in neighborhood... Frisbee team members killed in Minnesota crash...

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World News: Iran Nuke Comments; Terrorists Attack China; China Economy Slows; Iraq Oil Exports

Posted: 03/02/2014 - Iran's President: Beliefs stop Iran from pursuing nukes... Libyan colonel shot dead in Benghazi... Egypt's interim president swears in new Cabinet... Attack on China train station leaves 33 dead... China's manufacturing slows to eight-month low... UN chief to meet Venezuela's foreign minister over growing unrest... 3 musicians crushed in Bolivia parade... Brazil's streets flooded with Carnival merrymakers... Official: Iraqi crude oil exports jump in February... Thousands in Cuba for concert for 'The Five... Cuba humidor auction tops $1.1M in Havana...

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Regional News: Dothan Alcohol Vote; Animal Cruelty Charge in Graceville; Fla Murder, Abuse Convictions

Posted: 03/02/2014 - vote on alcohol at Dothan outdoor downtown events... 3 arrested on charges of neglecting dairy cattle in Graceville, Fla... Mardi Gras in Mobile... Man gets life sentence in beating death of Fla disabled elderly man... Judge sentences mom to 17 years for starving child... Colorado man wins Key West conch blowing contest... Venezuelans hold more rallies in South Fla... Cypress Garden Esther Williams set to reopen...

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Day in History: Late States to Ratify Bill of Rights; Wilt's 100; King Kong; Casablanca; Beatles; Dusty Springfield

Updated: 03/02/2014 - On March 2 - In 1939, the Massachusetts legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights, 147 years after the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution had gone into effect. (Georgia and Connecticut soon followed.)... In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a game against the New York Knicks, an NBA record that still stands. (Philadelphia won, 169-147.)... In 1933, the movie "King Kong" had its world premiere in New York... In 1944, "Casablanca" won the best picture and best screenplay Academy Awards... In 1964, The Beatles began work in London on the film "A Hard Day's Night."... In 1999, singer Dusty Springfield died at her home in outside London after battling breast cancer. She was 59...

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