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Italy: 29 migrants die of hypothermia crossing Mediterranean

MILAN (AP) — At least 29 migrants have died from hypothermia while traveling from North Africa to Italy aboard a smuggler's life raft in heavy seas, amid a surge of migrants making the dangerous sea crossing despite the harsh winter conditions.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015

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Patz trial the latest where mental illness clouds confession

NEW YORK (AP) — In an interrogation that stretched 12 hours, the man confessed to the murder and supplied chilling details of the crime. Stepping before jurors in an upstate New York courtroom, prosecutors pointed to those admissions as damning proof of guilt, dismissing the defendant's history of mental illness.

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Merkel to brief Obama on four-party talks on Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are trying for a public display of unity despite a potential split over arming Ukrainian fighters to wage a more effective battle against Russian-backed separatists.

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AP-GfK Poll: Majority backs Obama's efforts on unemployment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months, and opinions are more positive about the direction of the country and the health of the economy, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

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Ala chief justice tells judges: Refuse gay marriage licenses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tori Sisson and Shante Wolfe camped in a blue and white tent outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during the early hours Monday, hugging and talking excitedly of getting married soon.

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Report: Automakers fail to fully protect against hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.

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Twists, turns, eventually lead to promising Ebola vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took 16 years of twists and turns. Over and over, Dr. Nancy Sullivan thought she was close to an Ebola vaccine, only to see the next experiment fail.

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Sam Smith wins 4 Grammys, Beck takes home album of the year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sam Smith's soulful sound and heartbreaking songs resonated with fans — and his breakthrough was solidified when he took home three of the top four Grammy Awards on Sunday, though Beck earned a surprise win for album of the year.

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