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Obama threatens airstrikes on militants in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring that "America is coming to help," President Barack Obama is authorizing U.S. airstrikes if necessary and airdrops of humanitarian aid in northern Iraq to counter advancing Islamic militants and the threat they pose to Americans as well as Iraqi civilians.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014

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Detroit-area porch shooter convicted of murder

DETROIT (AP) — A jury convicted a suburban Detroit homeowner of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Thursday in the killing of a drunk, unarmed woman on his porch last year, rejecting his claim that he was afraid for his life and had acted in self-defense.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014

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Bad bite: A tick can make you allergic to red meat

 

A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014

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Tough anti-abortion laws examined in federal court

Even with legislatures in summer recess, there's no lull in the battle over state anti-abortion laws as several federal courts decide whether to uphold or strike down some of the most sweeping measures.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014

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Africans face long wait for unproven Ebola drug

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Africans seeking a drug to help contain the Ebola virus will have to wait months before a potentially life-saving experimental treatment used on two infected Americans is produced in even small amounts, officials said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014

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Oil boom and housing bust alter US spending trends

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Dakotans, enriched by an oil boom, stepped up their spending at triple the national pace in the three years that followed the Great Recession. In Nevada, smacked hard by the housing bust, consumers barely increased their spending.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014

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US weighs airstrikes, humanitarian aid in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is weighing direct military strikes to stem an Islamic militant group's gains in Iraq, as well as humanitarian relief for thousands of displaced religious minorities in the country's north, according to U.S. defense officials and others familiar with the administration's thinking.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014

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Study ties new gene to major breast cancer risk

It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014

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