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The arrest of a powerful New York lawmaker on federal corruption charges threw one of America's most powerful statehouses into disarray, destabilizing the state's Senate while complicating an already contentious legislative agenda.
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German train drivers start five-day strike in wage dispute

The Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 1:20am
German train drivers have started a five-day strike, their longest walkout yet in an increasingly bitter dispute with the country's railway operator.
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Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output

Mirwais Khan and Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 12:10am
It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.
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Cleanup of Superfund town would leave some asbestos behind

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  posted May 4th - 11:34pm
A long-delayed cleanup proposal for a Montana community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure would leave the dangerous material inside some houses rather than remove it, as government officials seek to wind down an effort that has lasted more than 15 years and cost $540 million.
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Obama on protests: 'There are consequences to indifference'

Nedra Pickler and Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press  |  posted May 4th - 9:40pm
In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of "unfairness and powerlessness."
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Adelson denies Vegas executives had hand in Macau CEO firing

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  posted May 4th - 8:41pm
Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson spent an entire day Monday denying that Las Vegas Sands officials had a hand in firing Steven Jacobs as Sands China Ltd. president in July 2010. He also denied any knowledge of an "exorcism strategy."
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Lufthansa's operating loss narrows on lower fuel costs

The Associated Press  |  posted 10 minutes ago
German airline Lufthansa, still coping with the aftermath of the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, saw its operating losses narrow in the first quarter as fuel costs fell in the wake of lower oil prices.
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China to lift price controls on most drugs starting June 1

The Associated Press  |  posted 39 minutes ago
Chinese regulators will lift price controls on most medical drugs starting June 1 in hopes that a more market-driven pricing system will keep medical costs in check, the National Development and Reform Commission announced Tuesday.
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Senate slated to vote on GOP budget compromise

The Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 1:11am
The Senate is poised to approve a compromise Republican budget that makes deep cuts in spending while boosting Pentagon accounts by an additional $38 billion next year.
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Australia cuts interest rate to record low 2 percent

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 12:30am
Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 2 percent on Tuesday in a bid to jolt the nation's economy which is weighed by falling commodity prices and weakening demand from China.
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Protesters take on racial profiling at Providence College

The Associated Press  |  posted May 4th - 11:51pm
More than 100 Providence College students, supporters and faculty and staff members rallied against racial profiling they say is widespread among security guards at the private Catholic school.
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NY Senate boss, charged in corruption case, claims innocence

Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  posted May 4th - 10:33pm
The leader of the New York Senate was arrested Monday on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes after investigators looking into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son said they captured him on wiretaps boasting of his power.
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Legislature hits home stretch with many issues unresolved

Dave Gram, Associated Press  |  posted May 4th - 8:41pm
Vermont lawmakers head into what are expected to be the final two weeks of their 2015 session with debates still unresolved on taxes, water quality, education, vaccines and other issues.
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UC Berkeley's Mark Twain project finds cache of new writing

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  posted May 4th - 8:21pm
Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have pieced together a collection of dispatches written by Mark Twain when the author was a young newsman in San Francisco.
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DaVita to pay $450M to settle Atlanta whistleblower lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  posted May 4th - 7:11pm
DaVita HealthCare Partners agreed Monday to pay $450 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the company defrauded the federal Medicare program out of millions of dollars.
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