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Top 9@Nine for March 31st, 2014

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1. The funeral for a brother and sister who died in an apartment fire last week will take place Tuesday in Decatur at United Pentecostal Jubilee House of Prayer. Services start at 1:00.

2. Governor Robert Bentley says he still hopes to get a two percent pay raise approved for public school employees. The raise would be for the 2014 - 2015 school year.

3. Last-minute applicants have been trying to meet the deadline Monday for signing up for health insurance under the new health care law. Another glitch stalled signups Monday afternoon.

4. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the Central Bank will keep interest rates low for "some time" because too many people who want to work can't find full-time jobs. She hopes continuing low rates will encourage companies to expand and hire.

5. A House Energy and Commerce Committee memo released Sunday showed that federal regulators twice declined to open formal probes into complaints about General Motors cars affected by a recall. GM rejected a proposed fix for the ignition switches back in 2005.

6. New vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, must have rear visibility technology if they're manufactured on or after May 1, 2018. The move is an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents.

7. The International Court of Justice orders a temporary halt to Japan's annual Antarctic whale hunt. The court says the Japanese government failed to prove the hunt is for scientific purposes.

8. A string of serious security breaches at the World Trade Center have lawmakers calling for major changes in the way the area is protected. They're asking Homeland Security to assess the existing security plan, and if necessary, put the NYPD in charge.

9. 'Frozen' is the biggest animated movie of all time making $1.07 billion globally, beating Toy Story 3's previous record.


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