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Sam Smith wins 4 Grammys, Beck takes home album of the year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sam Smith's soulful sound and heartbreaking songs resonated with fans — and his breakthrough was solidified when he took home three of the top four Grammy Awards on Sunday, though Beck earned a surprise win for album of the year.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015

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TurboTax stops processing state tax returns on fraud reports

NEW YORK (AP) — TurboTax, the country's most popular do-it-yourself tax preparation software, said Friday that it has temporarily stopped processing state tax returns because of an increase in fraudulent filings.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 February 2015

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Did the electrified third rail make train wreck deadlier?

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — It was a hellish scenario investigators had never seen before: 400 feet of electrified third rail snapped into 12 pieces and speared a commuter train during a fiery collision with an SUV. Now officials want to know whether the rail's unusual design explains why the crash was so deadly.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 February 2015

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More Americans are finally seeing something new: A pay raise

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. economy has steadily recovered from the Great Recession, the critical missing piece has been a painful lack of pay raises for many Americans.

Their pain may be easing.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 February 2015

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Islamic State hostage's family hopeful she's still alive

PRESCOTT, Arizona (AP) — The parents of a 26-year-old American who Islamic State extremists say was killed in an airstrike in Syria said in a statement addressed to group leaders that the claim of their daughter's death concerned them but they were still hopeful she was alive.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 February 2015

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Even as US job market picks up, unemployed face frustration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 February 2015

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Merkel uncertain of chances for Ukraine deal

MUNICH (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that she's still unsure of reaching a deal to calm the crisis in Ukraine, which France's president said could feature a broad demilitarized zone and greater autonomy for the separatist eastern region.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 February 2015

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Purported IS claim: Jordan airstrike kills female US hostage

BEIRUT (AP) — A statement attributed to the Islamic State group claimed that an American female hostage was killed in a Jordanian airstrike on Friday on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the extremist group's main stronghold.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015

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