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Activists: Nearly 500 dead in Syria rebel clashes

BEIRUT (AP) — Fighting between an al-Qaida-linked group and a loose alliance of more moderate and ultraconservative rebel brigades has killed nearly 500 people over the past week in northern Syria, an activist group said Friday.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014

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AP Exclusive: New jobless benefit plan advanced

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed optimism Thursday about chances for compromise on jobless legislation, and officials said talks were focused on a scaled-back program that is fully paid for and would provide up to 31 weeks of benefits for the long-term unemployed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014

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Ohio trooper praised for arrest of man with bombs

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was praised for his actions in a traffic stop that led to the arrest of a man with bombs and other weapons in his vehicle.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014

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Guardian: Court shouldn't change Ohio Amish ruling

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A lawyer assigned to make medical decisions for an 11-year-old Amish girl who later went into hiding to avoid resuming chemotherapy told a court that it shouldn't overturn a decision appointing her as guardian even though she wants off the case.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014

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Christie fires aide, apologizes for traffic jams

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday apologized for highway lane closures apparently ordered by his aides as political retribution, said he had "no knowledge or involvement" in what happened and sought to assure New Jerseyans the actions are not typical of the way his administration does business.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014

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Prosecutor: Allow death penalty in 3 Ohio killings

CLEVELAND (AP) — The prosecutor in a triple-murder case involving three women whose bodies were dumped in trash bags wants the judge to allow the death penalty as an option.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014

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US stocks drift for a second day; Retailers sink

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wavered in early afternoon trading Thursday as traders reacted to disappointing news out of the retail industry. If the Standard & Poor's 500 index ends the day down it would be its fifth decline of the six trading days so far in 2014.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014

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No deep freeze: Australia swelters in heat wave

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Bats are dropping from trees, kangaroos are collapsing in the Outback and gardens are turning brown. While North America freezes under record polar temperatures, the southern hemisphere is experiencing the opposite extreme as heat records are being set in Australia after the hottest year ever.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014

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