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Long journey ends at home for man drifting at sea

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A fisherman who says he drifted at sea for more than a year has finally made it home to El Salvador, exhausted and speechless.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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W.Va. coal prep plant spills slurry into creek

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A pipeline ruptured at a coal-processing plant Tuesday, sending 108,000 gallons of coal slurry into a Kanawha River tributary, about 18 miles upstream from where a large chemical spill at a different plant tainted drinking water for 300,000 people a month ago.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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Messy storm makes its way across the South

ATLANTA (AP) — Across the South, winter-weary residents woke up Wednesday to a region encased in ice, snow and freezing rain, with forecasters warning that the worst of the potentially "catastrophic" storm is yet to come.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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2 dead in Oregon avalanche; Colorado victim found

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An avalanche in the mountains of eastern Oregon killed two backcountry skiers and seriously injured two others Tuesday, and another skier was found dead in Colorado a day after he was swept up in a large slide, officials said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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AG urges restoring voting rights to ex-inmates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder called on a group of states Tuesday to restore voting rights to ex-felons, part of a push to fix what he sees as flaws in the criminal justice system that have a disparate impact on racial minorities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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Syrian planes pound rebel town near Lebanon border

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian warplanes pounded a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border on Wednesday, activists said, in an apparent attempt to dislodge opposition fighters from the area and consolidate control over the border region.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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Technology firms urge changes to US spying

WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of the nation's leading technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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Yellen to investors: Expect continuity at the Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will embrace the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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