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Soldier kills 3, wounds 16 before taking own life at Fort Hood in Texas

A U.S. soldier shot dead three people and injured at least 16 on Wednesday before taking his own life at an Army base in Fort Hood, Texas.

Yellowstone National Park rattled by largest earthquake in 34 years

Yellowstone National Park, which sits atop one of the world's largest super-volcanoes, was struck on Sunday by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake, the biggest recorded there since February 1980, but no damage or injuries were immediately reported.

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Mexican restaurants squeezed by surging lime prices

Mexican restaurants in the United States are being squeezed by a sudden jump in the price of limes, an essential ingredient.

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Dunkin’ Donuts introducing Peeps donuts for Easter

Dunkin Donuts’ executive chef and VP of “product innovation” for their brands, said the new Peeps donut will be available at participating stores for a limited time starting on Monday.

Teen slips past security to climb to top of 1 World Trade Center

A New Jersey teen sneaked out of his home in the middle of the night and headed for 1 World Trade Center, where he slipped past security, made it all the way up to the spire and started taking pictures before he was arrested.

News helicopter crashes in downtown Seattle, at least two dead

At least two people were killed when a news helicopter crashed in downtown Seattle on Tuesday near the Space Needle, setting cars on fire, authorities and local media reported.

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GM recalls another 1.5 million vehicles

General Motors Co announced three more recalls on Monday, related to airbag deployment and other issues, and said it would take a $300 million charge primarily to cover the costs related to these actions as well as the previous recall for faulty ignition switches.

Billionaire owner of NFL's Indianapolis Colts arrested, drunk driving suspected

Billionaire James Irsay, the 54-year-old owner of the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts team, was jailed early on Monday on suspicion of drunk driving and possession of a controlled substance, authorities said.

Guinness pulls out of NY's St. Patricks parade over ban on gays

Irish brewer Guinness said on Sunday that it would not participate in New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade this year because gay and lesbian groups had been excluded, costing organizers a key sponsor of the annual event.

Arizona governor vetoes bill widely criticized as anti-gay

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill on Wednesday derided by critics as a license to discriminate against gays in the name of religion, citing opposition from big business and warning that the measure could "create more problems than it purports to solve."

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Ben & Jerry's announces four new "core" flavors

Ben & Jerry’s announced its new line with four new flavors, and the company believes it will resonate resoundingly with its “core” consumers.

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Harold Ramis, 'Ghostbusters' actor, 'Groundhog Day' director dies

Comedy actor and director Harold Ramis, best known for films such as "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day" and "Caddyshack," died at his home in Chicago at the age of 69 of complications from a rare vascular disease, his agent said on Monday.

John Kerry calls climate change 'weapon of mass destruction'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Indonesians on Sunday that man-made climate change could threaten their entire way of life, deriding those who doubted the existence of "perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction".

GM recalling nearly 800,000 older compact cars

General Motors said on Thursday it is recalling 778,562 older-model Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars in North America to correct a condition that may allow the engine and other components, including airbags, to be unintentionally turned off.

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Longtime NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer

Veteran news anchor Tom Brokaw, the face of "NBC Nightly News" for more than two decades, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, the network said on Tuesday.