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Syrian troops push ahead in offensive, take another village

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian military and allied fighters, backed by Russian airstrikes, on Friday pushed ahead with a major offensive in the north of the country, capturing another village and moving a step closer to encircling contested Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016

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Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016

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Careening car ends up on roof of Southern California house

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (AP) — It's hard to know what was more amazing: An out-of-control car ending up on the roof of a Southern California house or the driver somehow escaping serious injury despite the wild ride.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016

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Panel defeats bill banning use of 'secret' execution drugs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia legislative committee has defeated a measure that sought to prohibit officials from using execution drugs they received from another state if they don't reveal the source of the drugs.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016

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Assange finds surprising ally _ but it may not be enough

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has found a surprising ally — a little known United Nations panel that has decided he has been unfairly detained in Britain while seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer allegations of sexual misconduct.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016

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Prosecutor: Va. Tech students plotted girl's stabbing death

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech students carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, and then hiding her body in the trunk of a Lexus, a prosecutor alleged on Thursday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016

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Airline CEO: Explosive residue found in Somalia incident

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the airline whose jetliner was damaged in an explosion shortly after takeoff from Somalia said Thursday that investigators have found what appears to be residue from explosives, though he cautioned that the findings were inconclusive.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016

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World pledges $10B for Syrians, but peace prospects bleak

 

LONDON (AP) — World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria's civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said "will save lives, will give hope, will give people the chance of a future."

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016

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