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Fight over hostage's fate broke up California jail escapees

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three inmates who teamed up to pull off an intricate escape from a California jail stuck together and eluded authorities for nearly a week. Then authorities said their alliance began to unravel over a disagreement on whether to kill a cab driver they'd taken hostage.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

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Carter to boost Pentagon funding on aid, equipment to Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior defense officials say the Pentagon will seek to quadruple the amount it is spending on military aid to Europe, amid expanding threats from Islamic State militants and an increasingly aggressive Russia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

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UN envoy declares 'official beginning' to Syria peace talks

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria has announced the official start of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition leaders.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016

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Oil and gas companies lead US stock market lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were moderately lower in afternoon trading Monday as the price of oil took another tumble amid renewed concerns about the Chinese and U.S. economies.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016

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CDC says Chipotle-linked outbreak of E. coli appears over

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that monitors public health says the outbreak of E. coli illness linked to Chipotle restaurants that sickened 60 people appears to be over.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016

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New prayer site highlights divide between Israel, US Jews

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government's decision to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at Jerusalem's Western Wall is a major breakthrough for the country's long-marginalized liberal streams and their powerful supporters in the United States.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016

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New federal coal mine dust rules taking effect

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Underground coal mines will ramp up testing for the dust that causes breathing problems and leads to black lung disease under a new federal rule taking effect Monday.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016

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WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization declared an international emergency on Monday over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects in the Americas, saying it is an "extraordinary event."

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016

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