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Obama orders review of US deportation practices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to pacify frustrated immigration advocates, President Barack Obama is directing the government to find more humane ways to handle deportation for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, the White House said Thursday.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014

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West readies sanctions on Russia after Crimea vote

LONDON (AP) — The top diplomats for Russia and the U.S. voiced pessimism Friday about negotiating an immediate end to the crisis in Ukraine or preventing its strategic Crimea region from voting this weekend to break off from the rest of the country.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014

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Holder endorses proposed drug sentencing changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday endorsed a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for many nonviolent drug traffickers, saying the change would rein in runaway federal prison costs and create a fairer criminal justice system.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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Air Force nuke crew failings worse than reported

WASHINGTON (AP) — Failings exposed last spring at a U.S. nuclear missile base, reflecting what one officer called "rot" in the ranks, were worse than originally reported, according to Air Force documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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Amazon hikes Prime membership to $99 per year

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is betting that shoppers will pay $20 more for its popular Prime two-day free shipping and video streaming service of movies and TV shows.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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APNewsBreak: Transgender troop ban faces scrutiny

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there "is no compelling medical reason" for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving and that President Barack Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress, according to a report being released Thursday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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Searchers scour rubble after gas explosion kills 7

NEW YORK (AP) — Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose Thursday to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014

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