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Saudi King Abdullah, a gradual modernizer, dead at 90

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — His changes looked minute to the outside world. But in a kingdom where ultra-conservative Muslim clerics long have held a lock on all aspects of society, King Abdullah's incremental reforms echoed mightily.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015

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At odds on human rights, US and Cuba move toward embassies

HAVANA (AP) — Still at odds over human rights, the United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015

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US jobless aid applications drop for 1st time in 4 weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month, a sign that layoffs remain low and hiring is probably still healthy.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015

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Divisions emerge among House GOP under pressure to govern

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most conservative lawmakers in the House Republican majority have gotten their way a lot in recent years. That may be starting to change.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015

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Ukraine bus attack kills 13, dashes peace hopes for east

SOKILNYKY, Ukraine (AP) — Hours after a new peace initiative for Ukraine began taking shape, mortar shells rained down Thursday on the center of the main rebel-held city in the east, killing at least 13 people at a bus stop.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015

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Thai ex-premier says 'democracy is dead' after impeachment

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday that democracy in her country was dead, after the military-appointed legislature voted to ban her from politics for five years and the prosecutor announced plans to indict her on criminal charges in connection with a money-losing rice subsidy program.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015

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Cleanup underway for nearly 3M-gallon saltwater spill in ND

Cleanup is underway after nearly 3 million gallons of brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production, leaked from a pipeline in western North Dakota, the largest spill of its kind in the state since the current energy boom began.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015

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4 bears die of chocolate overdoses; expert proposes ban

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's bear expert is proposing to eliminate the use of chocolate as bait after four bears were found dead at one trapping site due to a chocolate overdose.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015

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