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2 Japanese hostages: How their lives got intertwined

TOKYO (AP) — One is a freelance journalist respected for his reporting on refugees and children in war zones. The other is a man who seems obsessed with guns and went to Syria to train with fighters.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Hospital staff mourns surgeon fatally wounded by gunman

BOSTON (AP) — Administrators and staff at a leading Boston hospital are mourning the death of a cardiac surgeon who was fatally shot at the hospital by a man who then killed himself.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) — Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Doctor fatally shot inside hospital; gunman kills himself

BOSTON (AP) — A man shot and fatally wounded a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital Tuesday before killing himself.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Supreme Court may weaken housing bias cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court could knock out a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination, a move that would make it tougher for people to win lawsuits claiming housing policies are biased.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Havana talks start with promises by Obama, Cuban caution

HAVANA (AP) — The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades begins two days of negotiations with grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the communist government.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Senate committee to examine testing in schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate education panel is beginning its revision of the landmark No Child Left Behind education law, focusing first on the thorny issue of federally mandated testing of America's schoolchildren.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Yemeni rebels hold president 'captive' at his house

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Two Yemeni presidential advisers say the Shiite rebels who are on a power grab campaign in the capital, Sanaa, are holding the president 'captive' at his home, a day after seizing the presidential palace.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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