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'Birdman' takes flight at an Oscars punctuated by politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The long take of "Birdman" has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past took Hollywood's top honor in a ceremony punctuated by passionate pleas for equality.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015

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How Obama action could affect retirement advice from brokers

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of a Washington dispute over investment advice, the Obama administration is proposing tougher restrictions on brokers who manage Americans' retirement accounts. The change would put brokers — who sell stocks, bonds, annuities and other investments — under the stricter requirements for registered financial advisers.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015

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States seek alternatives for highway, bridge funding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Touted as one of the first interstate highways, a 200-mile span of Interstate 70 between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City stands as a prime example of the challenges facing the nation's roads.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015

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US charges Duke with illegal pollution from 5 coal ash dumps

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015

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Pentagon chief: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015

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Top US, Iranian nuke officials joining Iran talks

GENEVA (AP) — Top nuclear officials of Iran and the United States joined seven-nation talks Saturday in a move that may help resolve technical disputes standing it the way of a deal meant to curb Tehran's atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015

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Russian conscripts tell of fears of being sent to Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — When Alexander was due to finish his year of mandatory military service in October, his commander told him he had no choice: He had to sign a contract to extend his stay in the army and head to southern Russia for troop exercises.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015

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Former Yemen president flees capital after rebels let him go

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's former president left the capital after Shiite rebels who surrounded his house let him go under international and local pressure, aides close to him said Saturday.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015

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