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Just as they did 150 years ago, females cling to secrecy

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A century and a half ago, women weren't allowed into military service; masquerading as men was the only way in for those who weren't satisfied with supporting the war effort from home or following their husbands' military units around. As the country marks the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States, some female re-enactors still cling to secrecy - not just for historical accuracy but because uniformed women aren't always welcome in the male-dominated hobby.

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Investigation finds \"culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation" in school district

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall knew about cheating allegations on standardized tests but either ignored them or tried to hide them, according to a state investigation.


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Symbols of failed Katrina response finally put to good use

LITTLE AXE, Okla. (AP) -- Wanda Tiger and her husband needed a new home after a long-term house-sitting arrangement came to an end. But for members of their American Indian tribe in rural Oklahoma, affordable housing options were few. Then tribal leaders learned of an impossibly attractive offer: Mobile homes that had never been occupied were available from the government almost for free. They had stood vacant for years after being rejected as temporary housing following Hurricane Katrina.


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Carried $196 billion price tag over 40 years, but led to scientific breakthroughs

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The space shuttle was sold to America as cheap, safe and reliable. It was none of those.
It cost $196 billion over 40 years, ended the lives of 14 astronauts and managed to make less than half the flights promised.
Yet despite all that, there were some big achievements that weren't promised.


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Already losing some of his cachet to tea party favorite Michele Bachmann, Cain, the lone African-American GOP candidate, is trying to win over a party that hasn't had a black nominee

ATLANTA (AP) -- Bolstered by support from his loyal radio talk-show audience and tea party backers, businessman Herman Cain has revved up mainstream conservatives, rising recently to third place in a poll of voters in Iowa, the leadoff caucus state.


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Cash-strapped systems have put off new equipment purchases and other upgrades

BOSTON (AP) -- On a chilly evening in February, a commuter train bound for Worcester, Mass., broke down outside Boston, transforming passengers' usual 80-minute commute into a four-hour nightmare.


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Launched in January, Post 540 in Fayetteville is the only all-female Legion unit in the state, but its 16 members represent a rare growth area for veterans groups

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Nine years of being treated by her male colleagues in the Army as if she didn't deserve her sergeant stripes did not leave Jennifer Malinski inclined to join the American Legion once she left service.


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Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York argued Friday that Republicans are purposefully sabotaging the economy to improve their election chances

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration's top trade official said Friday he is "dumbfounded" and "shell-shocked" by Senate Republicans who blocked action on three coveted free trade agreements the GOP largely supports.


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The crackdown comes after authorities reported crime was on the rise outside coffeehouses

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) -- At Café Miss Cutie, the windows are tinted but not pitch black. The waitresses are wearing negligees but not naked. And patrons are being urged to smoke outside.


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Re-enactors can give a reality to history that the written word can't

NEW BERN - Bernard George dons the blue wool uniform of a U.S. Colored Troops Civil War soldier to celebrate the role of African-Americans in claiming their freedom.


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