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Annoyance arises from gov't error on health care tax forms

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season. But there's an added hassle this year for nearly a million consumers who got financial help with health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law.

Saturday 02/28/2015
Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself

TYRONE, Mo. (AP) — Residents in a remote area of southern Missouri are trying to come to grips with what could cause a man to kill seven people, including four of his own relatives, in a nighttime shooting spree that spanned four homes.

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Avalanche rally, beat Stars in shootout 5-4

DALLAS (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly heeded Colorado Avalanche teammate Matt Duchene's words before their shootout Friday night.

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Friday 02/27/2015
Snowy weather causes highway shutdown, accidents and school closings in DFW

DALLAS (AP) — A winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on Texas Friday closed schools, snarled travel and forced a main highway into Oklahoma to shut down after nearly 20 vehicles slid off the road.

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No. 12 Texas A&M loses Jones for season

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Jordan Jones will miss the rest of the season for No. 12 Texas A&M after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in her right knee.

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Avalanche-Stars Sums

Colorado 0 1 3 0—5
Dallas 0 2 2 0—4

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Cruz tells anti-tax group 'No' to Common Core in schools

PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the program.

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Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said on Friday that America will not be safe unless its leaders dramatically increase defense spending.

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Coroner: Carbon monoxide likely caused 2 teenagers' deaths

TROY, Ohio (AP) — Two teenage sisters died and two other children were hospitalized after a relative found all four unresponsive Friday from a suspected carbon monoxide leak in their western Ohio home, officials said.

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Lawyers: Detained immigrant families in Texas offered bonds

DALLAS (AP) — Attorneys say the federal government is loosening its crackdown on offering bonds for Central American immigrant mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S., a shift that comes after a federal judge ordered a halt to a detention strategy aimed at deterring other illegal crossings. Immigrant advocates say the effect so far has been minimal: Most families can't afford to post bond anyway.

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GOP contenders push for military action against ISIS

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Republican Party's leading presidential contenders on Friday promised conservative activists they would pursue aggressive military action to prevent the spread of global terrorism, including a renewed use of ground forces in the Middle East.

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Wyly brothers ordered to give up $299 million in fraud suit

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered a prominent Texas businessman and his brother's estate to pay $299 million after a federal jury New in York found they engaged in a massive fraud to evade taxes.

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Texas releases details on crude shipments from Bakken region

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As many as 10 trains weekly have been coming into Texas carrying a million gallons or more of Northern Plains crude, a fuel that's been involved in fiery derailments in the U.S. and Canada.

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Rondo moving on after suspension over outburst with Carlisle

DALLAS (AP) — Rajon Rondo says he and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle talked all the time in the days after the point guard arrived from Boston in a trade the Mavericks hope will boost their chances of winning a championship.

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Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to sit out vs Spurs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is sitting out against the San Antonio Spurs because of a sprained left ankle and bruised left hip.

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Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Gas prices are soaring in California the week after an explosion stopped gasoline production at a key refinery.

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Friday 02/27/2015
Boxer badly injured in fight nearly 7 years ago dead at 32

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Oscar Diaz, a former welterweight boxing champion whose career ended when he sustained a debilitating brain injury in a fight nearly seven years ago, has died. He was 32.

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State Farm refunding $352M to Texas customers in settlement

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State Farm agreed Friday to pay $352.5 million in refunds to more than 1 million of its Texas customers as part of a sweeping settlement that ends nearly 12 years of legal battles over premiums that state officials say were too high.

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AP NewsBreak: PGA Tour to move Match Play to Texas

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Tour is completing plans to bring the Match Play Championship to Austin, Texas, starting in 2016.

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Court: Colorado crime suspects can search victims' homes

DENVER (AP) — An appeals court added Colorado to the list of states that can allow criminal suspects to search victims' homes to bolster their defense, a move that raised concerns among prosecutors and victims' advocates.

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Ex-Dewhurst aide gets 7-year sentence for taking funds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An ex-top adviser to former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in federal prison for stealing more than $2.8 million in campaign funds from the then-powerful Republican.

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Net neutrality fans use Grumpy Cat in aerial jab at Comcast

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Internet activists took an aerial jab at Comcast to celebrate new government rules affecting the Philadelphia-based corporation.

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Testimony: Several Hernandez texts are missing from phone

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Texts and phone records shown to jurors Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez showed that several messages he exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing were deleted from his phone.

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Jed Lowrie happy to be back with Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Jed Lowrie was away from the Houston Astros for two seasons — not by choice.

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Pirates call it sickening to see 'Jihadi John' in team hat

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's "absolutely sickening" to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" wearing a Pirates hat.

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Texas agency changes calculation methods for drug seizures

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Department of Public Safety has changed its valuation method for drug seizures just a week before submitting a border operations report to lawmakers in which it will seek more funding.

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Fisherman's high court win spurs call for legal reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court case of a fisherman hooked by a law meant to preserve documents rather than fish is renewing calls to curb the criminal justice system.

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Pearce resigns as president of Miss America Organization

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The president of the Miss America Organization is stepping down.

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Man with heart issues revived near Newark Liberty bag claim

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 74-year-old man found unresponsive on the ground near a baggage carousel at Newark Liberty International Airport has been revived by police officers.

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California farmers to go another year without federal water

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal agency says it will not release any water for farmers in the Central Valley of California this year, forcing them to find other sources or leave fields unplanted.

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No. 13 Utah draws inspiration from San Antonio Spurs

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak looked to the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs when he needed a model for his offense during the offseason. The No. 13 Utes don't have a dominant scorer that can simply take over when needed, so he had to find another way to maximize their offensive potential.

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Former AIG CEO Robert Benmosche dies of cancer at 70

NEW YORK (AP) — AIG says former President and CEO Robert Benmosche (ben-moh-SHAY), who led the insurer's turnaround after its $182 billion government bailout, has died of lung cancer at age 70.

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Southwest nearly done inspecting planes that were grounded

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines says it expects to meet a federal deadline this weekend and finish examining 128 planes that were grounded because of missed inspections.

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Bill Cosby asks judge to dismiss 3 accusers' defamation suit

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Bill Cosby have asked a federal judge to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women who accuse the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses.

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Weissert named head of AP's Austin bureau

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Will Weissert, an Associated Press political reporter and former longtime Latin America correspondent, has been named administrative correspondent in Austin.

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Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock has personally reimbursed the government $40,000 for renovations to his congressional office. It was modeled after the TV show "Downton Abbey."

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NASA approves Sunday spacewalk despite water leak in helmet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — American astronauts will venture back out for a spacewalk this weekend, despite a helmet water leak on their previous trip outside the International Space Station.

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Travis Kvapil's NASCAR car stolen from hotel before race

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say Travis Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car has been stolen ahead of a race this weekend near Atlanta.

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