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2 missing after NYC blast; 6 others might be missing, too

 

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Firefighters on Friday used high-powered water towers to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's trendy East Village as authorities reported that two people were missing and six others might be, too.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015

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US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015

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Report: Diversity of New England plant life is threatened

BOSTON (AP) — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England's rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever made of the region's plant life.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015

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US: Thailand must end slavery in its fishing fleets

The U.S. government and major business leaders are renewing their call on the Thai government to crack down on slavery in its fishing fleets, and to punish people who force migrant workers to catch seafood that can end up in the United States.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015

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After US airstrikes, Iraq troops start final push for Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops started the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Thursday, a military official said, just hours after the United States launched airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015

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Nigeria's military pushes extremists before elections

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Beefed up by new weapons from China, Russia and the Czech Republic, and strengthened by training from foreign advisers, Nigeria's military is forcing Boko Haram extremists from a string of northeastern towns as the country's prepares for elections the insurgents are threatening to disrupt.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015

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Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sure, Florida's got sunshine, beaches and palm trees. But the driving force behind it being home to many of the nation's fastest-growing cities has been the return of hospitality, trade and construction jobs.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015

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Payday lenders to face new regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Payday lenders are facing new federal regulations aimed at preventing low-income borrowers from being buried by high fees and rising debt loads.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015

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