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Militants lay siege to Iraq's largest oil refinery

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic militants laid siege to Iraq's largest oil refinery Wednesday, threatening a facility key to the country's domestic supplies as part of their ongoing offensive north of the capital, a top security official said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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First US executions since botched lethal injection

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Within an hour, Georgia, then Missouri carried out the nation's first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April raised new concerns about capital punishment.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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Benghazi suspect in US custody for 2012 attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan militant suspected in the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on Americans in Benghazi has been captured and is in U.S. custody, marking the first U.S. apprehension of an alleged perpetrator in the assault that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014

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$1,000-a-pill Sovaldi jolts US health care system

WASHINGTON (AP) — Your money or your life?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014

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Obama to create world's largest ocean preserve

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014

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AP Exclusive: Picasso painting reveals hidden man

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists and art experts finally know what's beneath one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces, "The Blue Room," using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a hidden portrait of a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014

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Stocks drift higher; Banks gain as rates rise

Stocks drifted higher in afternoon trading Tuesday, as investors bid up shares in financial stocks such as E-Trade Financial and Charles Schwab. The sector benefited from a rise in long-term interest rates as bond prices fell following a report showing consumer prices fell sharply last month.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014

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Tornadoes flatten tiny rural Nebraska town; 2 dead

PILGER, Neb. (AP) — As two giant tornadoes bore down on tiny Pilger, Nebraska, Trey Wisniewski heard the storm sirens, glanced out at the blackening sky and rushed with his wife into their basement.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014

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