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Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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Obama offers new accommodations on birth control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees, while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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Connecticut toddler's death in hot car a homicide

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The death of a 15-month-old boy who was left in a hot car in July has been ruled a homicide, the office of the state medical examiner said Thursday.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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Slaying of American reopens debate on ransoms

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — By rejecting demands for a nine-digit payment to save kidnapped American journalist James Foley, the United States upheld a policy choice that some European and Arab governments have long found too wrenching to make themselves: ruling out ransom to rescue any citizen held captive by militant organizations, in hopes the tough stand will make Americans safer from kidnapping and attacks by extremists.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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