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US hottest spots of warming: Northeast, Southwest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is warming fastest at two of its corners, in the Northeast and the Southwest, an analysis of federal temperature records shows.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014

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Murder ink? Tattoos can be tricky as evidence

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Teardrops for murders. Spider webs for prison time. Penal code numbers for crimes committed.

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Taliban video shows handover of US soldier

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban released a video Wednesday showing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl being handed over to U.S. forces and bundled into a helicopter in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the abducted American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents.

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Witnesses: Boko Haram seizing villages in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram militants are taking over villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing and terrorizing civilians and political leaders, witnesses say, as the Islamic fighters make a comeback from a year-long military offensive aimed at crushing them.

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Rebels seize 3 government bases in eastern Ukraine

LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents dislodged government troops from three bases in eastern Ukraine, a new blow to beleaguered armed forces as its president-elect vowed new initiatives to help end the regional mutiny.

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Mourning, tight security on Tiananmen anniversary

BEIJING (AP) — Yin Min held the ashes of her son and wept, she said, as she marked 25 years since he was killed in the crackdown by Chinese tanks and troops on protests at Tiananmen Square. Outside, guards kept a close eye on her home while police blanketed central Beijing to block any public commemoration of one of the darkest chapters in recent Chinese history.

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Neighbors: Stabbing at odds with girls' upbringing

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Neighbors of two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a friend nearly to death say they're struggling to reconcile the allegations with what they know about the 12-year-olds and their upbringings.

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Hail, tornadoes reported as storms cross Midwest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Baseball-sized hail pummeled homes and cars in Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday as powerful thunderstorms moved through a swath of Midwest states, also causing severe flooding and prompting reports of tornadoes.

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