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Trial starts for rabbi who allegedly ran divorce kidnap team

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of a New Jersey rabbi who prosecutors say employed a kidnap team to force unwilling Jewish husbands to divorce their wives.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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A look at Syria's Aleppo and the UN truce plan for the city

BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly four years since it began, Syria's civil war has defied all diplomatic attempts to broker a peaceful resolution. While the conflict has recently been overshadowed by the U.S.-led international battle against the Islamic State extremist group, Syria's war has continued its devastating march, with the death toll now at least 220,000 people.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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Blast hits Southern California refinery

 

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — An explosion occurred Wednesday at an Exxon Mobil refinery in Southern California, triggering a very large smokestack flare to burn off flammable product, authorities said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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Take a look - Dr. Seuss has a new book

 

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 20 years after his death, there is still plenty of news about Dr. Seuss.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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Police: Vegas mom, son searched for vehicle before shooting

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — What police first described as a road rage-inspired shooting of an innocent mother of four has morphed into a more complex scenario, prompting tough questions for the Las Vegas family and investigators.

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Oscar spotlight draws attention to industry diversity issue

 

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a year ago that Lupita Nyong'o, shortly before winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress, gave a speech about what she called "dark beauty."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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Train carrying 3 million gallons of crude still burning

 

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — Oil cars were still burning more than a day after a train carrying 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude derailed in a West Virginia snowstorm, shooting fireballs into the sky.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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W.Va. oil train derailment was 1 of 3 with safer tank cars

 

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be prohibitively costly.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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