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More Americans are finally seeing something new: A pay raise

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. economy has steadily recovered from the Great Recession, the critical missing piece has been a painful lack of pay raises for many Americans.

Their pain may be easing.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 February 2015

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Islamic State hostage's family hopeful she's still alive

PRESCOTT, Arizona (AP) — The parents of a 26-year-old American who Islamic State extremists say was killed in an airstrike in Syria said in a statement addressed to group leaders that the claim of their daughter's death concerned them but they were still hopeful she was alive.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 February 2015

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Even as US job market picks up, unemployed face frustration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings.

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Merkel uncertain of chances for Ukraine deal

MUNICH (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that she's still unsure of reaching a deal to calm the crisis in Ukraine, which France's president said could feature a broad demilitarized zone and greater autonomy for the separatist eastern region.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 February 2015

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Purported IS claim: Jordan airstrike kills female US hostage

BEIRUT (AP) — A statement attributed to the Islamic State group claimed that an American female hostage was killed in a Jordanian airstrike on Friday on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the extremist group's main stronghold.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015

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APNewsBreak: Some safety work at NY rail crossing never done

NEW YORK (AP) — The suburban railroad crossing where six people died in a collision between a commuter train and an SUV had undergone a number of upgrades in recent years to reduce the risk of accidents, but some planned work — the installation of a third set of flashing lights — was never done.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015

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Syria's bloody civil war taking back seat to IS horrors

BEIRUT (AP) — The world may be gripped by the horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State group, but a wider bloodbath provoked by Syria's civil war is continuing unabated, with several hundred people killed in the past week alone.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015

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German, French leaders take Ukraine peace effort to Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Germany began talks Friday on a new proposal for ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015

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