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Iraq's top cleric calls for deal on PM by Tuesday

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric stepped up pressure on deeply divided political blocs Friday, calling on them to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament convenes next week to pave the way for an inclusive government in the face of Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory.

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Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the conflicts in Syria and Iraq becoming increasingly intertwined against the same Sunni extremist group, President Barack Obama moved on Thursday to ratchet up U.S. efforts to strengthen more moderate Syrian rebels.

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More countries adding graphic warnings to smokes

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia became the newest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs on Tuesday, joining more than 40 other nations or territories that have adopted similar regulations in recent years. The warnings, which showcase gruesome close-up images ranging from rotting teeth and cancerous lungs to open tracheotomy holes and corpses, are an effort to highlight the risks of health problems related to smoking. Research suggests these images have prompted people to quit, but the World Health Organization estimates nearly 6 million people continue to die globally each year from smoking-related causes. The tobacco industry has fought government efforts to introduce or increase the size of graphic warnings in some countries. Here are a few places where pictorial health warnings have made headlines:

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New NYC museum explores death, all things morbid

NEW YORK (AP) — A new museum opening in New York City this weekend promises a fascinating journey into the dark side.

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Checkered progress on disabled care despite ruling

Brent Kaderli has a wheelchair-accessible van waiting in the driveway, a hospital bed in a spare bedroom and an electric lift that's left unused. If the 30-year-old quadriplegic had his way, he'd be living here, in his father's house, with help from aides. Instead, he is in an institution, hoping each day for a place that feels more like a home.

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Sen. Baker, who posed famous Watergate query, dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Howard Baker's question sliced to the core of Watergate: "What did the president know and when did he know it?"

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Arizona worker safety agency reviewing prison rape

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's workplace safety agency confirmed Thursday that it has launched a review of the rape of a teacher inside a state prison classroom.

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Ex-cop suspect in deaths of 2 women in suitcases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The disappearance of a Minnesota mother of seven was just a missing person case when it landed on the desk of Detective Sgt. Lee Hollatz. Seven months later, her body and that of another woman were found stuffed in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin highway, and the former police officer whom Hollatz had long considered his top person of interest is now suspected in their deaths.

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