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Shale brings high hopes in Mississippi, Louisiana

GILLSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Residents living above an oil-rich shale formation that stretches across southwest Mississippi and Louisiana have been waiting on a boom for years. A steady trickle of drilling is already boosting the rural region's economy, and spending by two oil companies could make 2014 the year that many other locals finally cash in on the oil far beneath their feet.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014

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Uganda slapped with aid cuts over anti-gay law

 

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's government has been hit with substantial aid cuts after the president enacted a severe anti-gay measure over which some Western governments had warned of consequences.

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Ukraine crisis deepens as Russia scrambles jets

 

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia scrambled fighter jets to patrol its border and reportedly gave shelter to Ukraine's fugitive president as gunmen stormed government buildings in the strategic Crimea region and raised a Russian flag over the regional parliament Thursday, deepening the crisis for the new Ukrainian government even as it was being formed.

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Smartphone cameras step closer to high-end power

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014

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Arizona governor's veto aimed at own party's right

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.

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Army removes 588 troops from sensitive jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army removed 588 soldiers from sensitive jobs such as sexual assault counselors and recruiters after finding they had committed infractions such as sexual assault, child abuse and drunken driving, officials said Wednesday.

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Iran sanctions dispute hurts vets bill prospects

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prospects for an election-year Senate bill aimed at beefing up benefits for America's veterans are caught in the dispute over whether to impose sanctions on Iran.

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Russia reportedly sheltering Ukraine's president

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia sent fighter jets to patrol the border with Ukraine, reportedly gave shelter to the country's fugitive president and stood by as pro-Russian gunmen stormed offices of a strategic region, deepening the crisis for Ukraine's new government even as it was being formed.

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