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Florida Will Soon Overtake New York as Third Largest State

New York, once the largest state in the Union, will soon fall to fourth-largest, demographers predict.<p>Florida, with growing population hubs in …

India train crash leaves at least 23 dead, officials say

A fire broke out on an express train in southern India early Saturday and killed at least 23 passengers, officials said.<p>A spokesman for the railways, C.S. Gupta, said 67 passengers were in the train car when the fire started Saturday morning.<p>The train in Andhra Pradesh state was brought to a halt …

Grizzlies an issue as Endangered Species Act turns 40

The first species to be pronounced fully recovered under the Endangered Species Act was the brown pelican, in 2009.<p>Forty years ago Saturday President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act, credited with saving hundreds of U.S. species from extinction, including the bald eagle, the American …

Obese, but starving: Girl, 12, denied weight-loss surgery for rare illness

Surgery to remove a brain tumor two years ago has left a 12-year-old Texas girl with a heartbreaking condition that makes her gain massive amounts of weight — even though her body thinks it’s starving.<p>Doctors say a gastric bypass operation is the only thing that can help Alexis Shapiro, who is …

Six Iraqis killed during arrest of Sunni protest leader

Iraqi soldiers have killed six men during the arrest of a prominent leader of Sunni Muslim protests against the government.<p>Ahmed al-Alwani was wanted for inciting violence against the Shia-led government which came to power after the 2003 invasion that ended Saddam Hussein's Sunni-led …

Who will survive? '14 top primaries

The campaigns of 2014 will be messy long before the candidates get to the general election, with a growing number of incumbents facing primary challenges they weren’t expecting.<p>Republicans, who are keen on taking back the Senate, are especially concerned after two election cycles in which GOP …

IRS to pay Obamacare political price

Obamacare’s rollout dented the Department of Health and Human Services in just the first month. Up next year: the Internal Revenue Service.<p>A key piece of the health care law gives Americans making less than 400 percent of the poverty line subsidies to buy insurance. But if buyers don’t alert the …

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Egypt: student dies as police open fire on protesters

One student has been killed and dozens injured after police in Cairo opened fire on students protesting against the military government.<p>Buildings at Al-Azhar University, the world's most important Islamic school, were set on fire by students who have been protesting against the coup that ousted …

1.3 million to lose unemployment benefits as Obama pushes for aid extension

The nation's long-term unemployed will be cut off from federal unemployment benefits on Saturday, even as President Obama offers his support to two senators proposing to extend expiring federal jobless aid.<p>Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada and Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island have …