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Nepal blizzard, avalanche death toll rises to 27

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Search teams rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered 10 more bodies Thursday in the wake of a series of blizzards and avalanches that battered the Himalayas in central Nepal, leaving at least 27 people dead.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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Hong Kong leader offers talks as anger mounts

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader tried to soothe tensions with student-led democracy protesters Thursday by reviving an offer of talks, though public anger over a video of police kicking a handcuffed activist complicates efforts to end an increasingly bitter political standoff.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest signal that companies are cutting fewer workers and hiring could remain healthy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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Report: Private student borrowers can't get help

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans still struggle with high-cost private student loans, with many tumbling into default because the companies servicing the loans aren't offering reasonable options for improved terms, a new report says.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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New Jersey will OK real-money skill gambling

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Sure you love matching little candy pieces with each other, or spelling out words with your pals. But New Jersey gambling regulators want to let you do it for real money.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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Florida out of the gate at start of early voting

ATLANTA (AP) — Midterm elections are almost three weeks away, yet more than 904,000 Americans already have cast their ballots, with almost 60 percent of those early votes in Florida, according to data compiled by The Associated Press from election officials in 11 states.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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Thai soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

BANGKOK (AP) — In a famous scene from Thailand's award-winning soap opera "The Power of Shadows," the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and the producers say they will live happily ever after in the sequel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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US steps up domestic response to Ebola crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and it was disclosed that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014

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