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Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

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A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and...

House approves VA health care overhaul

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The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.

Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

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Sporadic gunfire isn't an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday morning were way too close.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Stern sees Sterling saga ending well, lauds Silver

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Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will "end well" for the league.

$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

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The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.

Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

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The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many...

Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

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Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel's stepped up campaign against...

Landslide hits Indian village, killing at least 18

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Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 18 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris,...

Bolt upset over report he criticized Glasgow Games

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Even before stepping on the track, Usain Bolt caused a stir at the Commonwealth Games.

Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

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A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other...

ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

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ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.

Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

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A Japanese group is combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information it hopes will lead to the graves of Americans still listed as missing in action on the Pacific island of Saipan.

Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

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Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working...

Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts

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Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday.

AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

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Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.

UCLA's Pauley Pavilion drenched in hoops history

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The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged.

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly Video included

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U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for...

George W. Bush writes book about father

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His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his...

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

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Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

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Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence...

Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

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The 168 juveniles recovered last month during an FBI child sex trafficking bust included some kids who had never been reported missing, a population that law enforcement encounters often and that child welfare advocates...

How Asana hopes to purge the scourge of email

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By The Associated Press Associated Press Asana is a service created to minimize the need for workplace email by serving as a one-stop shop for assigning work, sharing ideas, posting important updates and...

3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions

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The European Union targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for the first time Wednesday for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine, subjecting three of his long-time associates to EU-wide asset freezes...

Processing issue delays bar exam submissions

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Law school graduates sweated their way through the second and final day of their bar exams Wednesday, some relieved to see paper and pencil after running into a technical glitch that kept test takers in several states from...

2 women survive ordeal along Indiana rail bridge

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A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women as a freight train bore down on them as they walked along an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana.

Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over

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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography.

Contract dispute delays 'Big Bang' production

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Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors.

Senate reprieve for highly contested border bill

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A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer.

Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies

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Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives...

Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies

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A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois...

AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

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The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can...

Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

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Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.

A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging

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The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.

Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war

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Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical,...

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

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European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite...

Correction: Debt Study story

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In a story July 29 about consumer debt reported to collection agencies, The Associated Press erroneously indicated that 80 percent of Americans have no debt on file. The study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute found...

Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians' new advice

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A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine.

Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

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Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to...

Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan

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NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying "Girls" star Allison Williams.

Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors

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Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.

Ticket me Elmo? NYC mulls law for impersonators

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New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statue of Liberty impersonators - Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists.

How high-level Chinese officials are taken down

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The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will be...

AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

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At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.

NBA, Clippers eager for Sterling out, Ballmer in

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By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting.

Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

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The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" seemed ideal for Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election bid in politically divided North Carolina, where many people like to hunt and fish. Her bill would open more federal lands to...

Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

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Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward...

West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia Video included

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Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen...

Twitter 2Q results soar, stock flies high

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The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter.

Vin Scully to return for 66th season in LA in 2015

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Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Broken water main floods UCLA; 5 people rescued

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A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, trapping people in underground parking garages and covering some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the...

China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

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China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the...

China reports deadly attack in northwest

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A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic...

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

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The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go...

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

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The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election...

Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia

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The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia.

US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law

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Mississippi's effort to close its last abortion clinic was overturned in federal appellate court on Tuesday. Advocates for the law said women with unwanted pregnancies could always travel to other states, but the...

Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

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For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say...

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia Video included

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Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks....

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

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Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on...

Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the...

Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

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Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil...

Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

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Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong...

House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

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House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would...

Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

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In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.

Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats Video included

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Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

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Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an...

AP PHOTOS: Building boom in N. Dakota's oil patch

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President Theodore Roosevelt once came to North Dakota's Badlands to find solitude and solace amid the area's "desolate, grim beauty." But Roosevelt's Dakota is barely visible today.

Comic-Con gets first look at 'Mockingjay' trailer

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The trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series is making its premiere at Comic-Con.

Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold war-era arms deal

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Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of...

16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter fails drug test

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A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter failed a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport, organizers said Tuesday.

'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop

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The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show "Pawn Stars" could soon have something better to do while waiting in line.

Abuse suspect dead; 2 marshals, NY policeman hurt Video included

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A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New...

AP PHOTOS: NKorea opens summer camp for kids

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Summer camp in North Korea? It's got one - and it's got everything from giant water slides and a private beach to video games and volleyball courts. Oh, and, of course, a big bronze statue of the late leaders Kim...

Hiker, 13, missing in California national park

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A 13-year-old boy has gone missing while hiking at Kings Canyon National Park in Central California.

Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

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Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave...

US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty Video included

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In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with...

Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

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Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

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The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were...

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

The Big Hurt and Joe Torre headline HOF class

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Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.

Correction: California Wildfires story

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In a story July 27 about California Wildfires, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the type of aircraft assisting firefighters battling a wildfire outside Yosemite National Park. They were fixed-wing airplanes...

Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

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Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians...

Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

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Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police...

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

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A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department...

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

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The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a...

Medicare's own health looking better, report says

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Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

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Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled.

In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

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Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the...

Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

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Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.

Clinton: US needs orderly process for border kids

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Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports creating a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to discourage dangerous trips to the U.S. and opposes changing a 2008 immigration law...

Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

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More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition...

UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name...

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

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The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

Poland, Britain call for more sanctions on Russia

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The foreign ministers of Poland and Britain have called for more economic sanctions on Russia, saying it is responsible for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine this month.

Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

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Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

Liberia president orders new anti-Ebola measures

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Liberia's president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation.

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

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If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.

Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation

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The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

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Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because...

Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

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Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are...

Study: Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia Video included

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An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday.

EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions Video included

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The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.

Kevin Bacon brings his 'Six Degrees' to Comic-Con

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Kevin Bacon's "Six Degrees" world got even bigger Sunday at Comic-Con.

Reporter recalls Soviet evasion in '83 jet downing

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By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another passenger...

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

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Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

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For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom...

Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

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As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create...

Family of 5 shot dead in Maine, gun recovered

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A family of five, including three children ranging in age from 4 to 12 years old, were found shot to death Sunday inside a southern Maine apartment, authorities said.

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

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Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

10 Things to Know for Monday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine Video included

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Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the...

APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

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The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up...

Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

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One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an...

Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

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Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

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Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.

AP PHOTOS: Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

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By The Associated Press Vincenzo Nibali, a 29-year-old Sicilian who calls himself "a flag-bearer of anti-doping," won the Tour de France on Sunday, the first Italian to do so in 16 years.

Arizona execution renews debate over methods

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A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for...

Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

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Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the...

Costa Concordia wreck reaches final destination

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The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped.

Hospital shooting suspect charged with murder

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A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex before the doctor returned fire has been charged with murder.

Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

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One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

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The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said...

Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

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President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.

Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

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About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in...

AP PHOTOS: North Korea marks war anniversary

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The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as "Victory in the Fatherland...

Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war

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Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are dying in...

AP Analysis: Putin stays on offense in Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin might be expected to hunker down into defense mode as he is besieged by accusations of Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Instead he has stayed on offense...

Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned

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The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday.

Widow: Man who died in NYPD custody wasn't violent

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The widow of a New York City man who died this month in a videotaped confrontation with New York City police demanded justice on Saturday, saying the victim wasn't asking for trouble.

Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

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Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war.

FedEx charges raise online pharmacy issues

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FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions.

Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

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Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and...

AP PHOTOS: Brief cease-fire halts Gaza war

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A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction.

California can't say if it's meeting drought goal

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The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter...

AP Essay: Air tragedies bring grief without order

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When air travel goes wrong, the modern world has given us a script to follow.

Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers

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Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.

Large Sandy-struck family splits $20M lottery win

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A lottery-playing tradition started by the matriarch of a large New Jersey shore family paid off for her 17 children this week when the group won a $20 million jackpot that will partly be used to help family members...

Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall Video included

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Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense minister warned Israel...

Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

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Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.

US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

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Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.

Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

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About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in...

Judge says Texas man innocent in rape

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A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday.

Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

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A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back,...

After teen pilot's crash, how young is too young?

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By The Associated Press The deadly crash of a teenager on an around-the-world flight brought new attention to the dangers of record-setting youth adventures, and questions about how young is too young to...

AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war

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The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the...

Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

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Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and...

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

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It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for...

Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

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After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.

World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

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The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May.

NASA names building for moonwalker Neil Armstrong

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By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

States' use of execution drugs varies widely

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By The Associated Press The prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate with a new, two-drug combo has highlighted the patchwork quilt approach that states now take with lethal drugs, with types,...

In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded

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The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.

Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad

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The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home.

Rule change: Blood and bumps at Commonwealth Games

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It was the first bout of the boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games. Within minutes, Mathew Martin of Nauru had a large lump on his head from a punch. Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan, who won unanimously on...

Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

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Authorities are attempting to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the...

10 Things to Know for Today

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

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Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

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A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel - dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military - is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali Video included

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An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.

US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

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The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.

Navy secretary: Cost for newest ship will decline

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Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.

Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

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Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a...

Doctor: Patient killed caseworker before gunfight

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A doctor told police that a patient fatally shot a caseworker at their hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with him and wounded him, a prosecutor said Thursday night.

As inmate died, lawyers debated if he was in pain

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The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

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Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the...

Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

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Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst...

House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

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Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law...

Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

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Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

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Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor...

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed Video included

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A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and...

10 Things to Know for Friday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

House votes to simplify education tax breaks

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The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students.