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Federal prosecutors drop dozens of stash house sting charges

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has quietly dropped dozens of serious narcotics conspiracy charges stemming from undercover stings involving fictional drug stash houses, a federal law enforcement technique critics contend amounts to entrapment and displays racial bias against minorities.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout.

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Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Chadian warplane and ground troops drove Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. The African Union moved to send ground forces to Nigeria and the U.S. said it would assist.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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US economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in Q4 despite strongest consumer spending since 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas.

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Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

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35 years after boy Etan Patz vanished, murder trial to open

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Searching fervently for a missing 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz, police jotted a teenage shop worker's name among those of many people they met, never expecting the clerk would become their suspect more than three decades later.

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Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead

BEIJING (AP) — About 100 Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don't want to start compensation claims.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015

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