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Friends: US woman held by militants intent on aiding Syrians

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The American woman taken hostage by Islamic State militants was determined to get to Syria and learned Arabic so she could perform aid work and advocate for causes in the Middle East, friends say.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015

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Boehner can't rule out Homeland Security Department shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr) is refusing to rule out a potential shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security because of a congressional impasse over funding.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015

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Marathon talks produce Ukraine peace deal; cease-fire Sunday

 

 

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The peace deal reached Thursday for Ukraine, if it holds, would be a partial win for both Moscow and Kiev: Ukraine retains the separatist eastern regions and regains control of its border with Russia, while Russia holds strong leverage to keep Ukraine from ever becoming part of NATO.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015

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CBS '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon dies in car crash

NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon, who covered most major overseas conflicts and news stories since the late 1960s during a five-decade career in journalism, has died in a car crash. He was 73.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015

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NAFTA shadows Obama's efforts to seek clout for trade deals

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 21-year-old ghost haunts President Barack Obama and his allies as he presses Congress for enhanced powers to make trade deals with Japan and other nations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015

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Police: Parking dispute sparks 3 North Carolina killings

 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A long-running parking dispute between neighbors motivated a man to kill a woman, her newlywed husband and her sister at a quiet condominium complex near the University of North Carolina, police said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015

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Brain stents show big promise for certain stroke patients

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end up disabled.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015

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Kansas governor rescinds order protecting gay state workers

 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will no longer ban discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered in hiring and employment in much of state government because of an action announced Tuesday by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015

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