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‘Penmanship’ is now ‘handwriting’ as Washington state removes gender bias in statutes

  SEATTLE – Washington state’s governor signed into law on Monday the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary, replacing terms such as “fisherman” and “freshman” with “fisher” and “first-year student.” Lawmakers have passed a series of bills since 2007 to root out gender bias from Washington statutes, though [...]

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George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” has died. He was 81. Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with [...]

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LOUISIANA 2ND LEAST STRESS STATE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hawaii residents remained the least likely in the U.S. to say they felt stressed on any given day in 2012, at 32.1%. West Virginia residents, on average, were the most likely to report feeling stress, at 47.1%. These state-level data are based on daily surveys conducted from January through December 2012 and [...]

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Baggy pants made illegal in Louisiana Parish

TERREBONNE PARISH, LA. – If you’re a fan of saggy  pants,  avoid Terrebonne Parish, LA as the trend there is now  illegal. The Terrebonne Parish council recently voted to outlaw saggy pants, vowing to  fine anyone caught with their pants drooping below their waist. First time offenders will reportedly be fined $50, while a second [...]

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Russia offers help with probe into Boston bombings

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his country’s assistance in investigating bombings in Boston that killed 3 and injured more than 140 people. Putin said in a condolences note published on the Kremlin’s website Tuesday that the international community should come together to fight terrorism. Putin said Russia “would be ready to [...]

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