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Truce fails, 22 more die in new Kiev clashes

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A brief truce in Ukraine's embattled capital failed Thursday, spiraling into fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters that left at least 22 people dead. Government snipers were reported to be shooting at some of the protesters in Kiev.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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WhatsApp: A $19 billion bet for Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Minimum wage report puts Democrats on defensive

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report by Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts seems to have thrown Democrats onto the defensive after it concluded that the party's drive to boost the federal minimum wage could cost a half-million jobs by 2016.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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US, Europe considering sanctions on Kiev leaders

BRUSSELS (AP) — Following the deadly clashes in Ukraine's capital, the Obama administration and European governments are talking about imposing punitive sanctions, the Kremlin has blamed the West for stirring up trouble and the pope has issued a special appeal for peace. A roundup of Wednesday's international reactions:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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Finns give reindeer fluorescent antler makeovers

HELSINKI (AP) — Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover — the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou in the wilds of Finland.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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Toxins leaking from 2nd pipe at NC coal ash dump

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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Music death suspect compared self to rape victim

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida software designer accused of killing a black teenager during an argument over loud music compared himself to a rape victim, telling his fiancee in a recorded jailhouse phone call that the police were trying to blame him for the shooting when he was only defending himself.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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Noose tied on Ole Miss integration statue

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The FBI on Tuesday was helping investigate who tied a noose around the neck of a University of Mississippi statue of James Meredith, who, in 1962, became the first black student to enroll in the then all-white Southern college.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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