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Obama budget expected to annoy GOP Congress

WASHINGTON — After a year of relative peace in Washington’s budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care.

Pioneer balloon pilots land safely off Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean ended Saturday as two accomplished pilots safely touched down in the water just off the coast of Mexico in their helium-filled balloon after shattering two long-standing records.

You can earn $13,000 a year selling your poop

You can donate blood, plasma, eggs, and sperm. Why not poop? Yes, your feces are perhaps your greatest untapped monetary resource. Thanks to a nonprofit organization called OpenBiome, you can cash in to the tune of $13,000 a year — and save lives while you’re at it.

Democrats renew press for curbs on e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON — Democrats are renewing efforts to protect children from the potential harm of electronic cigarettes, but the main event will come on the regulatory front if the Food and Drug Administration meets expectations and releases a final rule this year.

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