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American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014

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Farmers' Almanac predicts another nasty winter

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The folks at the Farmers' Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014

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AP Exclusive: Expert calls for nuke plant closure

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014

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Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014

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Army: Barricaded in office, soldier shot herself

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) — An enraged soldier with a gun barricaded herself in an office inside a major command's headquarters, throwing objects and then shooting herself in the head as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said Monday.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014

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Michael Brown's family prepares to lay him to rest

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Since Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer, protesters have taken to the streets of a St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014

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Strong California quake shakes famed wine country

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region's famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014

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Rap mogul Suge Knight shot, wounded in nightclub

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Death Row Records founder and rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was shot and injured in a packed nightclub early Sunday, but he was expected to survive, a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant said.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014

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