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Applications for US jobless aid fell sharply last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week in a sign of a stable job market despite the slowing global economy hitting stocks and commodities.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016

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Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

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Obama administration opening 2-front campaign on Syria

MUNICH (AP) — The Obama administration opened a two-front campaign on Syria on Thursday with a push to end one war there and step up another.

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Police: Cop killed wife, son, torched home then shot himself

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) — A police officer with no prior history of domestic violence fatally shot his wife and one of their sons, and then set the family's suburban Albany house on fire before killing himself, according to authorities who said Thursday they're baffled by the veteran cop's actions.

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Last occupiers of Oregon wildlife refuge surrender to FBI

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national wildlife refuge surrendered Thursday, and the leader of a 2014 standoff with federal authorities was criminally charged in federal court.

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Tomi takes a bow at Westminster, dog saved family from fire

NEW YORK (AP) — When Julia Haight leads her prize entry into the Westminster Kennel Club dog show ring Monday, she'll see a shiba inu who's athletic, alert and pert.

Oh, and this: Tomi helped save her life.

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Breakthrough: Scientists detect Einstein's gravity ripples

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.

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South African bookshop a treasure trove of eclectic history

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The only clue to a literary treasure trove tucked away in downtown Johannesburg is a fading sign, but behind this door is a fantastic maze containing an estimated 2 million books and prints.

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