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'Waltons' patriarch Ralph Waite dies at 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ralph Waite, who played the kind-and-steady patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," died Thursday, his manager said. He was 85.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014

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APNewsBreak: New gender options for Facebook users

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — You don't have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014

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NSA to Congress: Snowden copied co-worker password

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden gained access to at least some classified documents he later disclosed by copying a password from a co-worker who has since resigned, the NSA reported to Congress. Snowden has previously said he did not steal any passwords.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014

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Warm West offsets cold East, makes average January

WASHINGTON (AP) — For those who shivered through January, this may be hard to believe: Nationwide, the average temperature for the first month of the year was about normal because a warm West offset a cool East

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014

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Syria strikes kill 400 so far this month in Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Government shelling and airstrikes with makeshift barrel bombs have killed about 400 people in Syria's largest city so far this month, activists said Thursday, as U.S. and Russian envoys met in Geneva to try to revive deadlocked peace talks.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014

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Huge thermal plant opens as solar industry grows

PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the West.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014

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Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comcast Corp. will buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $45.2 billion in a deal that combines the nation's top two cable TV companies and would create a dominant force in both creating and delivering entertainment to U.S. homes.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014

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Winter storm takes aim at Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

WASHINGTON (AP) — After pummeling wide swaths of the South, a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Mid-Atlantic region as it marched Northeast and threatened more power outages, traffic headaches and widespread closures for millions of residents.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014

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