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Reid's plan calls for FCC to auction off spectrum to wireless carriers desperate for more space

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The debt ceiling battle could produce an unlikely winner: smartphone users.


Researchers call 54 percent increase a "very, very alarm-raising statistic"

Strokes have spiked in the U.S. among pregnant women and new mothers, probably because more of them are obese and suffering from high blood pressure and heart disease, researchers report.


Obama presses for compromise, declaring "we're almost out of time"

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner hastily rewrote his stalled emergency debt-limit bill again Friday, and former conservative foes began climbing aboard. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid signaled he's ready to push ahead with his own version, and President Barack Obama declared "we're almost out of time" in a wrenching political standoff that has heightened fears of a market-rattling government default.


Many in South Florida worried about Congress bringing back Bush-era policies

MIAMI (AP) -- Sonia Rodriguez whipped up milk-and-espresso drinks at the Latin American Grill as talk turned to a new push in Congress to tighten restrictions on travel to Cuba. Like growing numbers of Cuban-Americans, she's worried about the U.S. reinstating strict limits on how often she can visit relatives and even how much money can be sent to loved ones on the island.


42-year-old Michael Trapp treaded water for 17 hours

HARBOR BEACH, Mich. (AP) -- A New York pilot who crashed into Lake Huron and survived without a life jacket by swimming and treading water for about 17 hours says he was finally rescued Wednesday when he frantically waved a sock to get the attention of people on a boat.


More than $550,000 donated to 9-year-old's effort to bring clean water to Africa

SEATTLE (AP) -- Nine-year-old Rachel Beckwith had hoped to raise $300 to bring clean water to an African village. She was close to that goal when she died after a car crash.


Lowest level since early April; housing market also shows encouraging signs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign the job market may be healing after a recent slump.


Each area of city to be labeled steady, transitional or distressed

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit's mayor unveiled a plan Wednesday that could determine what the city looks like as it fights for vitality, announcing that neighborhoods will receive different kinds of services depending on the conditions of homes, how many people live there and the level of blight.


Moorish Science officials say \"paperwork terrorists" not connected to the faith

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- From New Jersey to California, police, courthouse officials and real estate agents are being confronted with a baffling new problem: bogus legal documents filed by people claiming to follow an obscure Black-focused religion called Moorish Science. Their motives range from financial gain to simply causing a nuisance.


Aging hospital at center of 2007 scandal shuttered to help save money

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army's flagship hospital where privates to presidents have gone for care, is closing its doors after more than a century.


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