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US confirms additional civilian casualties from airstrikes

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says American airstrikes likely killed two civilians near the Islamic State group's defacto capital of Raqqa, Syria, last July. That's on top of eight other civilian deaths the military acknowledged last week.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016

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Recent controversies spark discussion about slavery books

NEW YORK (AP) — When children's author-illustrator Don Tate works on a book about slavery, he keeps in mind that a smile must be more than just a smile.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016

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Appeals court: Kansas Constitution protects abortion rights

 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Court of Appeals refused Friday to allow the state's first-in-the-nation ban on a common second-trimester abortion method to take effect, saying in a split but groundbreaking decision that the conservative state's constitution protects abortion rights independent of the U.S. Constitution.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016

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GOP lawmakers want exemptions for gay marriage opponents

 

ATLANTA (AP) — Months after the Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage, lawmakers across the U.S. are pushing bills that would give businesses and some public employees the right to refuse serving gay couples because of their religious beliefs.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016

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Kenyans honor Muslim man who shielded Christians in attack

 

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyans are donating to the family of a Muslim man who was fatally wounded by Islamic extremists while shielding Christians during an attack on a bus.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016

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Kansas lawmaker imposes dress code on female witnesses

 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A dress code imposed by a Kansas Senate committee chairman that prohibits women testifying on bills from wearing low-cut necklines and miniskirts is drawing bipartisan ridicule from female legislators.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016

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Would Flint crisis happen in wealthier, whiter community?

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Ever since the full extent of the Flint water crisis emerged, one question has persisted: Would this have happened in a wealthier, whiter community?

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016

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45 migrants drown as 2 smuggling boats sink off Greece

 

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — At least 45 people, including 17 children, drowned Friday in the Aegean Sea as two smuggling boats sunk off different Greek islands. A search-and-rescue operation was underway for others feared trapped in the wreckage.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016

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