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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.

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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.

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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.

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Caribbean blues: Mosquito virus is sickening more travelers

Thousands of travelers to the Caribbean and nearby regions are coming home with an unwanted souvenir: a mosquito-borne virus that recently settled there.

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US gains strong 257K jobs, pay jumps; jobless rate 5.7 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years — evidence that the U.S. job market is accelerating closer to full health.

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5 infants at Illinois day care diagnosed with measles

CHICAGO (AP) — Five infants who attend a suburban Chicago day care center have been diagnosed with measles and about 10 more children, including some also too young for vaccinations, could have been exposed to the disease, health officials said Thursday.

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Police: 2 dead in murder-suicide at University of SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two people died Thursday in an apparent murder-suicide inside a building on the University of South Carolina's campus in busy downtown Columbia.

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