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Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, remain hospitalized in Houston, where he was in intensive care for pneumonia and she was being watched after complaining of fatigue and coughing....

NASA study in Hawaii paving way for human travel to Mars
HONOLULU (AP) -- A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a Hawaii volcano to study human behavior for long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars....

Virginia man convicted of 2006 slaying of family is executed
JARRATT, Va. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing a family of four, slashing their throats and setting their home ablaze after they left their front door open while preparing for a New Year's Day party in 2006, was executed Wednesday....

Even in Alaska, temps as low as -59 are hard to handle
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Cynthia Erickson woke up early, hoping her four furnaces were working....

Lawmakers: Put pro-police blue lines on right side of law
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Two New Jersey congressmen have introduced legislation to allow towns to paint strips of blue on roadways to honor police after regulators said the tributes crossed the line of federal safety rules....

CIA publishes guidelines for handling Americans' info
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two days before Donald Trump takes office, the CIA on Wednesday published for the first time its guidelines for how it collects, stores, searches and shares information about Americans. New rules put limits on those who can search it and require they give a reason....

Suspect in Florida officer's killing released from hospital
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities asked the courts on Wednesday to deny bond for the suspect in last week's fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer as he was hospitalized for most of the day with injuries he got during his arrest....

Washington tries to fix paid leave law dormant since 2007
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A decade ago, Washington state created a paid family leave program that required many employers to offer five weeks of paid time off for new parents. But the law that once offered hope to working parents quickly turned into an empty promise because state lawmakers never came up with a way to pay for the benefit, resulting in an indefinite delay of its implementation....

Chelsea Manning: a potent symbol for transgender Americans
NEW YORK (AP) -- For most Americans, Chelsea Manning has been a hero or villain based on how they view her decision to leak classified material. For transgender people, she has another dimension - serving as a potent symbol of their struggles for acceptance....

First of 3 more storms hits California as drought retreats
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The worst area of drought in California has significantly narrowed to a small region northwest of Los Angeles that has stubbornly failed to benefit from Pacific storms that have drenched much of the state since the fall and were lining up again Wednesday....

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