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4:16 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Selfie, Unfriend, Hashtag: From Your Teen's Phone To The Dictionary

Selfie is one of the 150-plus new words added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
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Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 6:38 pm

In school, many of us were sent to dictionaries to look up words we didn't know.

Now, dictionaries are coming to us, filling themselves up with terms that may already feel overly familiar.

More than 150 new words and definitions have been added to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the publisher announced Monday. The list includes selfie, hashtag, big data and unfriend.

"So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihood," Peter Sokolowski, a Merriam-Webster editor, said in a statement.

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3:16 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Victories In Oregon, Utah For Same-Sex-Marriage Proponents

Julia Fraser (from left), Jessica Rohrbacher, Ken Brashier and Andrew Wallace await a ruling in the marriage equality case, so they can go into the building and get their marriage licenses.
Steve Dykes AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:19 pm

This post was updated at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Federal judges in two states have ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, with a decision in Oregon overturning a ban on the practice and another in Utah ordering officials to recognize more than 1,000 marriages that had been thrown into legal limbo.

In Oregon, opponents of gay marriage had asked a superior court to stay the judge's decision to give them a chance to argue their case against repealing the ban, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their emergency motion earlier today.

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11:06 am
Fri May 16, 2014

GM Will Pay $35 Million Fine Over Massive Safety Recall

The Chevrolet Cobalt is one of several GM models that were recalled for faulty ignition switches. The carmaker is paying a $35 million penalty.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 1:11 pm

The Department of Transportation is ordering General Motors to pay a record $35 million civil penalty for its handling of a recall of more than 2 million vehicles for ignition switch problems. The government says GM violated federal safety laws.

The fine is part of a "consent decree" that's being announced Friday. The agreement also calls for GM to change how it handles review of safety issues.

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3:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Sen. Gillibrand Makes Renewed Push For Student Loan Refinancing

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With student loan debt sailing past the trillion-dollar mark, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is once again pitching a proposed law to let federal loan borrowers reduce their student debts by refinancing.

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11:31 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Schumer Urges Reward For Return Of Nigerian Girls

Radical Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls.
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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is calling on the U.S. State Department to establish a reward for reliable information leading to the rescue of 276 missing girls in Nigeria.

Schumer says the U.S. should also provide refugee status to anyone who isn't a terrorist and helps find them while placing on its terrorist watch list any individual discovered buying one of the girls or harming them.

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4:25 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

EPA Seeks Comment On Fracking Chemicals Disclosure

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on ways to disclose information about the chemicals used in the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.

The EPA says in a Friday release that it is also seeking input on incentives and programs that could help develop safer fracking chemicals.

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2:26 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

45 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Weekend

The Chicago skyline. The city's police chief says his officers can't keep up with the number of illegal weapons on the city's streets.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 2:23 pm

There are more data to add to Chicago's well-documented problem with gun violence.

Headlines such as this from the Chicago Sun-Times — "In violent weekend, at least 8 dead, 37 wounded in shootings across Chicago" — set us off in search of news reports after previous weekends.

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12:21 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Garrick Utley, 'Quintessential Foreign Correspondent,' Dies

Garrick Utley in 2012.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:14 pm

If reporting from foreign lands is important to you, then Garrick Utley is someone you most likely admired over the past four or five decades.

So it's with some sadness that we pass along word that the veteran newsman, who in the mid-'60s was NBC News' first bureau chief in Saigon and later went on to a career that took him around the world and to the moderator's chair on Meet the Press, has died.

He was 74.

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3:37 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Trader Joe's Caught In Sticky Lawsuit Over Peanut Butter Pretzels

The Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel: The salty-sweet snack that launched a bitter lawsuit.
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Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 2:37 pm

Among the many snacks you can find in the aisles of Trader Joe's is an icon of sweet and salty goodness: the peanut butter pretzel. It's a combination so tasty, famed food writer Ruth Reichl once raved, "You haven't lived until you've tried the two together."

But the beloved treats aren't just treasures for the palate — they're a pretty lucrative business worth millions of dollars. And now, Trader Joe's is being sued for allegedly cornering the market on the snack.

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5:47 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Yellen Will Be Sworn In As Fed Chair On Monday

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Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen will be sworn in Monday to succeed Ben Bernanke, becoming the first woman to lead the Fed in its 100-year history.

The Fed said in a brief announcement Thursday that the swearing-in will take place at 9 a.m. Eastern time. The ceremony will be private, with Yellen sworn in by Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo, the senior member of the Fed's board.

Bernanke's term as chairman will end at midnight Friday. The Fed statement said Yellen will have authority as the current vice chair to exercise all the duties of chair beginning this weekend.

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