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Al-Qaida splinter declares new Islamic caliphate

BAGHDAD (AP) — The al-Qaida breakaway group that has seized much of Syria and Iraq has formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state, demanding allegiance from Muslims worldwide in a move that could further strain relations with other militant groups.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014

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Bobby Womack, R&B singer-songwriter, dies at 70

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 June 2014

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Benghazi suspect in federal law enforcement hands

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks was in federal law enforcement custody, the U.S. attorney's office said Saturday. Security at the capital's federal courthouse was heightened in anticipation of a possible court appearance by the suspect later in the day.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 June 2014

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Mexican law enforcement chopper fires in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Mexican law enforcement on Thursday crossed into Arizona by helicopter and fired two shots at U.S. border agents, a border patrol union leader says.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 June 2014

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High court poised to decide birth-control dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 June 2014

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Review: VA a struggling agency beset with ills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing "significant and chronic system failures" in the nation's health system for veterans, a review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a struggling agency battling a corrosive culture of distrust, lacking in resources and ill-prepared to deal with an influx of new and older veterans with a range of medical and mental health care needs.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 June 2014

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Nigeria girl among thousands of divorced children

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — By the time she ran away, Maimuna bore the scars of a short but brutal marriage.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014

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Huge advances for gay marriage in an eventful year

One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of landmark rulings, one striking down the statute that denied federal recognition to same-sex marriages and the other clearing the way for gay couples to wed legally in California.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014

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