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Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies

DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 January 2015

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Family, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 January 2015

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Pilots in helium-filled balloon land safely in Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico early Saturday after an audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean that shattered two long-standing records for ballooning.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 January 2015

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George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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Obama calls on Congress to fund 'precision medicine' studies

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Holding out the promise of major medical breakthroughs, President Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to approve spending in medical research that tailors treatment to an individual's genes.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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What red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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Federal prosecutors drop dozens of stash house sting charges

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has quietly dropped dozens of serious narcotics conspiracy charges stemming from undercover stings involving fictional drug stash houses, a federal law enforcement technique critics contend amounts to entrapment and displays racial bias against minorities.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015

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