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Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill Wednesday to authorize President Barack Obama's war against Islamic State militants, saying Congress should not wait to see if the White House sends over its blueprint of what the legislation should say.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015

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Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in a deadly 2005 hotel bombing for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015

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On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets

BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) — A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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Obama sees need to move on drone rules now

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed harmlessly on the White House grounds shows that the U.S. must update its laws to manage the expanding frontier of commercial and consumer drones and ensure only good things come in these small packages.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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Famed civil rights protesters to have arrest records erased

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nine black men arrested for integrating a whites-only South Carolina lunch counter 54 years ago may be heroes in the historic record, but in the record of the law they are still convicted trespassers.

That criminal record will soon be erased.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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Gunmen storm Libyan hotel; 4 foreigners, 5 guards dead

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing four foreigners and five guards, and triggering an hours-long standoff that ended when two assailants set off a grenade that killed them, officials said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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