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Fate of abducted Christians unclear, Syria clashes continue

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish and Christian militiamen battled Islamic State militants on Wednesday in northeastern Syria, where the extremist group recently abducted at least 70 Christians after overrunning a cluster of villages.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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Abandoned truck's driver arrested after commuter train crash

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup after the truck's driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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28 hurt when California train crashes into truck on tracks

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A commuter train slammed into a truck abandoned on the tracks early Tuesday, sending three rail cars tumbling onto their sides and injuring 28 people in the fiery crash in California.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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US stocks drift higher as Yellen testifies before Congress

Major U.S. stock indexes veered higher in afternoon trading Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index on track to close at record highs. Investors were considering the implications of the latest update on interest rate policy and the economy from the Federal Reserve, as well as news on U.S. home prices, consumer confidence and corporate earnings.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Massachusetts man selling, shipping snow from his yard

MANCHESTER-by-the-SEA, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: He's shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Suicide bombers kill 24 at 2 bus stations in north Nigeria

POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Teenage suicide bombers, suspected to be Boko Haram extremists, killed at least 24 people in separate blasts Tuesday at crowded bus stations in two northern Nigerian cities 300 kilometers (185 miles) apart.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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UK police believe 3 missing schoolgirls have entered Syria

LONDON (AP) — Police investigating the disappearance of three British schoolgirls said Tuesday they believe the teenagers are no longer in Turkey and have crossed into Syria — likely joining dozens of other young women leaving Europe to join terrorists.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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States predict inmates' future crimes with secretive surveys

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — On a hot Friday last July, a parolee was mowing a lawn in a small cul-de-sac on the west side of the city when he stopped to ask for a glass of water.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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