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Mexico condemns shooting by US border agent

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Mexican government on Thursday condemned a U.S. Border Patrol agent's fatal shooting of a Mexican man who allegedly struck the agent in the head with a rock near the U.S-Mexico border in California.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Report: US drone may have killed dozen civilians

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military drone strike in Yemen last December may have killed up to a dozen civilians on their way to a wedding and injured others, including the bride, a human rights group says. U.S. officials say only members of al-Qaida were killed, but they have refused to make public the details of two U.S. investigations into the incident.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Roadside survey of impaired driving causes outcry

READING, Pa. (AP) — Orange cones and flashing police lights confronted Ricardo Nieves as he rounded a bend on the way to his mother's house. Before he knew what was going on, Nieves said, a man working for a government contractor stepped in front of his car and forced him to turn into a parking lot. There, a woman repeatedly tried to question him about his driving habits and asked for a mouth swab that would detect the presence of illegal or prescription drugs in his system.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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US applications for jobless benefits drop to 336k

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell a slight 3,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, a sign that layoffs remain low.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Keystone pipeline faces new obstacle in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Just as pressure was building on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the project ran into another obstacle.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Senate hopefuls collected $500K a day last year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Candidates in U.S. Senate races this year collectively raised more than a half-million dollars a day in 2013, suggesting a spate of never-ending campaign ads, mail and phone calls to come before November's elections.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Truce fails, 22 more die in new Kiev clashes

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A brief truce in Ukraine's embattled capital failed Thursday, spiraling into fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters that left at least 22 people dead. Government snipers were reported to be shooting at some of the protesters in Kiev.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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WhatsApp: A $19 billion bet for Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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