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Squirrel disrupts teen’s selfie

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A photo op with a squirrel that went awry has left a teenager flustered but unhurt. Seventeen-year-old Brian Genest, of Auburn, said Thursday he saw what appeared to be a friendly squirrel on a hand rail while walking through John Chestnut Park near Tampa, Florida. He ...

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Republican activists push party on gay marriage

MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by ...

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4 Memphis firefighters hurt when wall collapses

Associated Press   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say four Memphis firefighters were rescued from a burning building after a wall collapsed on them. Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said crews were called to a two-alarm blaze at a commercial building south of downtown Saturday afternoon. The fire sent ...

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Coca Cola coming to Chattanooga; new jobs

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say the Coca-Cola Co. will build a new distribution center in Chattanooga, maintaining the company’s 115-year business relationship with the city. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/QHPY6t ) that the $62 million distribution center will be built at the site of an old facility ...

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First lady announces one-stop job site for vets while visiting Fort Campbell

BRETT BARROUQERE, Associated Press JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama has announced a new online effort to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets. She said Wednesday that the new Veterans Employment Center provides one-stop shopping for troops ...

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Judge considers staying Ohio gay marriage ruling

AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states says he’s inclined to issue a stay of his decision pending appeal, meaning most gay couples living in the state would see no immediate tangible ...

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