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Syrian planes pound rebel town near Lebanon border

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian warplanes pounded a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border on Wednesday, activists said, in an apparent attempt to dislodge opposition fighters from the area and consolidate control over the border region.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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Technology firms urge changes to US spying

WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of the nation's leading technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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Yellen to investors: Expect continuity at the Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will embrace the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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GOP to advance 'clean' debt limit increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a concession to President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the House will vote to increase the government's borrowing cap without trying to attach conditions sought by some Republicans. "We'll let his party give him the debt ceiling increase that he wants," Boehner said, hours before the expected evening vote.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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House sets quick vote on military pension bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House lined up Tuesday to approve legislation restoring full cost of living increases to pension benefits for military retirees, eager to reverse course on a budget cut that passed less than two months ago.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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FDA wants more info on female libido pill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A drugmaker working to develop a pill to boost sexual desire in women says regulators are demanding more studies on the experimental drug.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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Algerian plane crash toll: 1 survivor, 102 dead

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian military transport slammed into a mountain Tuesday in the country's rugged eastern region. A civil defense official said 102 people on board were killed but one person managed to survive.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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