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Truck explodes in Fall River

A vehicle hauling 11,000 gallons of gasoline crashed and exploded Monday morning on the route 24 off  ramp in Fall River. This was the Massachusetts trucking company’s, J P Noonan, 15th crash in 24 months. The driver, Lisa Korch, 46, has had her commercial driver’s license since 1992 and has no violations on record. She was not seriously injured in the crash. According to US Department of Transportation inspection records, J P Noonan vehicles that carry hazardous materials have been inspected 128 times in the past 24 months, with two Noonan vehicles ordered “out of service.” US DOT statistics indicate…
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Improving the Economy a Main Concern for Americans

Eighty percent of Americans believe the economy should be a main priority for the president and Congress in 2014. When broken down, eighty-five percent of Democrats, seventy-five percent of Republicans, and eighty-one percent of Independents held this view. These results from a Pew Research Center survey come on the eve of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Based on the survey the top five priorities include: Strengthening the nation’s economy Improving the job situation Improving the education system Making the Social Security system sound Reducing the budget deficit
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Rare Winter Storm in Southern US

The southern cold snap is part of an Arctic front that has put much of the Northeast and northern Plains under warnings and advisories for dangerous wind chills. Parts of those regions could feel as cold as -30 Fahrenheit on Tuesday. This has prompted schools to close, airlines to cancel flights and emergency officials to warn of icy roads. The winter storm could extend from southern Louisiana and the Gulf Coast into northern Florida and through the Carolinas and deposit 1-2 inches of snow in some areas.
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Top Republicans to Present Idea on Immigration Reform

Top Republicans will call this week for a path to legal status, but not citizenship, for many of the 11 million adult immigrants who are in the country illegally. A path towards citizenship would be offered for immigrants brought to the United States illegally as young children. Despite this many party strategists and conservative voices are pushing for this reform to be anbandoned or postponed until next year, for fears that it would start an internal party rupture before the midterm elections. At the same time, many Republicans recognize the importance of the Latino vote, especially at a time they…
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Improvement in Reading Proficiency But large Gaps Remain Among Minorities

Providence, RI (January 28, 2014) – The national Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report, Early Reading Proficiency in the United States, highlighting fourth grade reading proficiency rates over a ten‐year period in the United States. Data from the  National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) revealed that all but six states have made progress in improving reading proficiency rates from 2003 to 2013. Despite this improvement, two‐thirds of all children in the United States are still not reading proficiently by the time they reach fourth grade. The biggest gains in reading proficiency were in Rhode Island, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. In 2003, 71% of Rhode…
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SUSPECTS IN SHOOTING OF NEW BEDFORD DETECTIVE ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BAIL

Jackson and Thomas L. Scott III, 34, of Cambridge, both charged in Friday's shooting of a city narcotics detective were ordered held without bail Monday for dangerousness hearings in New Bedford District Court. Manuel-Jackson will have a dangerousness hearing on Feb. 3, while Scott will have his hearing at 2 Thursday, according to Judge Robert A. Welsh III.
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Colorado High School Student Sets Himself On Fire

In what police said was an apparent suicide attempt, a 16-year-old student walked into his Denver high school cafeteria around 7 on Monday and set himself on fire. Using a fire extinguisher, a school custodian quickly doused the flames. No one else was hurt. Before the incident at Standley Lake High School in Westminster, the teenager had posted a note online, which police are investigating. He was hospitalized in critical condition, suffering burns over 80 percent of his body.
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Medical Marijuana Will Be on the Florida November Ballot

On Monday, the state Supreme Court in Florida approved in a 4-3 decision an initiative to put whether to legalize medical marijuana in the state on the November ballot . This is a defeat for Attorney General Pam Bondi (R), who fought to keep the question off the ballot. But for personal-injury lawyer John Morgan, this is a victory after he spent $4 million on a medical marijuana petition drive. Come November, Florida would join 20 other states and would become the first Southern state to approve marijuana for medical use if 60 percent of the votes are in favor…
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GOP Republican Trey Radel resigns from Congress

Freshman Florida Republican, Trey Radel, who was caught trying to purchase cocaine in a Washington, sting operation in October, has resigned from Congress Monday. Due to heavy pressure from party leaders, Radel was forced to step aside rather than hold onto the seat he had won in November 2012. As a result a special election will be held to fill the vacancy in the GOP-controlled House.
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Maryland Mall Shooter Identified By Police

Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, of College Park, MD, was identified as the shooter by police Sunday morning. An hour before the shooting he took a cab to the Columbia mall. A link between the shooter and the victims has yet to be established. He killed killed Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, who both worked at Zumiez beofre taking his own life. Five other people at the mall were injured. The mall will reopen Monday at 1pm and two memorials will be set up for the victims.
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