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Load of frozen chicken barbecued by fiery big-rig crash

INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The only thing missing was the barbecue sauce when a big-rig hauling frozen chicken collided in Southern California with a truck carrying bees and ignited a fireball that quickly cooked the chicken.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015

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Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply US heroin boom

SIERRA MADRE DEL SUR, Mexico (AP) — Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero.

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Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 51

DETROIT (AP) — More than 1,100 claims were filed in the week before Saturday's deadline to seek payments from the General Motors ignition-switch compensation fund. So far, 51 death and 77 injury claims have been granted.

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Pennsylvania groundhog 'forecasts' 6 more weeks of winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said Monday the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.

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Northeast deals with another snowstorm; Midwest blanketed

BOSTON (AP) — A winter storm is bringing its fury to the Northeast on Monday, causing the cancellation of flights, classes and major court cases a day after it dumped up to a foot-and-a-half of snow on the Chicago area and blanketed much of the Plains and Midwest.

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Senate takes up bill to lower suicide rate among vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans appears headed for the president's desk.

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Ebola vaccines trial starts in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.

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UN weather agency says 2014 hottest year

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The U.N. weather agency says 2014 was the warmest year on record, though the temperature difference with 2010 and 2005 is so small that it's impossible to say for sure which of the three years was the hottest.

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