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IS militants abduct dozens of Christians in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, activists and relatives said Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Obama faces left-right opposition on trade, military force

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reps. Barbara Lee and John Fleming are highly dubious at best about President Barack Obama's requests for enhanced powers to make trade deals and to deploy the U.S. military. And that's like oil and water mixing easily.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Eurozone backs Greek reforms; key hurdle to extend bailout

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece's creditors in the 19-country eurozone have approved a list of reforms Athens proposed to get a 4-month extension to its bailout, which would keep the country afloat.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but organizers don't expect any public celebrations since it remains illegal to smoke marijuana in public.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Ukraine rebels claim weapons pullback begins

KHARTSYZK, Ukraine (AP) — Howitzers were moving away from the largest rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine, heading further into separatist-controlled territory, and the rebels said they have begun a large-scale pullback of heavy weapons in line with an international peace plan.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Impasse in Senate on Homeland budget bill as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — A partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department loomed at week's end, but no solution was in sight as senators returned to the Capitol from a week-long recess Monday to confront an impasse over the issue.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015

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Governors: No clear plan if health care subsidies fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people could lose health insurance subsidies in the coming months if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015

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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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