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Syria allows aid into 2 contested areas

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government allowed supplies to enter two contested front-line areas near the capital, a relief official said Thursday. Activists said the death toll from two weeks of infighting in the north between rebel forces and an al-Qaida-linked group climbed to more than 1,000 people.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014

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2 homes burn, 3 arrested in California wildfire

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 2,000 residents were evacuated and two homes burned in a wildfire that started early Thursday when three people tossed paper into a campfire in the dangerously dry foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains, authorities said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014

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Suspect's family 'heartbroken' over NM shooting

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The 12-year-old boy who opened fire on a crowd of students in a New Mexico middle school gym had planned the attack and warned some classmates to stay away moments before the gunfire rang out, investigators said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014

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Obama's NSA announcements just the starting point

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's blueprint for overhauling the government's sweeping surveillance program is just the starting point. The reality is few changes could happen quickly without unlikely agreements from a divided Congress and federal judges.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014

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Report: Systemic failures led to Benghazi attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate report on the attacks on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, paints a picture of systemic failure of security for U.S. diplomats overseas that led to the deaths of the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014

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Senate ready to send $1.1T spending bill to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drained of much of its vitriol over the budget, Congress is poised to adopt a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown.

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Official: Egyptian voters have backed new charter

CAIRO (AP) — An overwhelming majority of Egyptians who voted on the country's new constitution have backed the draft charter, a senior Egyptian official said Thursday while an international monitoring group criticized the clampdown ahead of the vote and said authorities had imposed "severe limits" on freedom of expression.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014

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Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014

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