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UN: 5.5 million Syrian children affected by war

BEIRUT (AP) — The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million — more than half the country's children — with devastating effects on the health, education and psychological well-being of an entire generation, the United Nations children's agency said Tuesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014

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After thaw, snow returns to Midwest, Northeast

CHICAGO (AP) — A wet snow forced residents of Chicago and the Midwest to once again break out shovels and slog to work along slippery roads and slow transit lines, a reality check for winter-weary residents who had just reveled in a day or so of spring-like temperatures. Along the storm's eastward track, upstate New York was gearing up for a blizzard.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014

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Malaysia defends search for missing jet

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities defended their handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777 on Wednesday but acknowledged they still are unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared, highlighting the massive task facing an international search now in its fifth day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014

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Tumult over military sexual assaults far from over

WASHINGTON (AP) — The turmoil over how to end an epidemic of sexual assaults in the U.S. military is far from over as Congress haggles over legislative remedies and new details emerge about a high-profile case involving an Army general and a female captain under his command.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014

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Senate investigation of CIA dogged by controversy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A marathon Senate investigation into allegations of CIA torture during the Bush-era war on terror is veering toward partisan political territory and possibly the federal courts after unusually pointed accusations against the spy agency, including potential criminal wrongdoing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014

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Gene mapping study shows promise, challenges

CHICAGO (AP) — These days, it's faster and cheaper than ever to decipher a person's entire DNA. But a small study suggests that looking for disease risks that way may not be ready for the masses.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014

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Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees

It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014

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States wrestle with developing, restricting drones

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014

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