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Judicial candidates' appeals for campaign cash at high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is weighing whether candidates for elected judgeships have a constitutional right to make personal appeals for campaign cash.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015

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Islamic State group threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages

 

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages Tuesday unless they receive $200 million in 72 hours, directly demanding the ransom from Japan's premier during his visit to the Middle East. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to save the men, saying: "Their lives are the top priority."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015

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Mark Wahlberg's victims divided over his pardon request

 

BOSTON (AP) — Victims of one of Mark Wahlberg's racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s are divided over whether he should be granted a pardon for his crimes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015

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Bighorn sheep draws attention in residential area near Reno

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A new neighbor is again attracting attention in the Reno suburb of Sparks: a bighorn sheep.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015

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US officials seek end to Cuban restrictions on diplomats

WASHINGTON (AP) — American officials head to Havana this week with fairly modest goals of cooperation with the Cuban government, seeking an end to restrictions on the U.S. Interests Section there so that an embassy — and symbol of the two countries' new relationship — can eventually be established.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015

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From car lots to city budgets, cheap oil means change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may not happen.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015

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Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change — and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal teachings.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015

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GOP divided over using budget process on health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama's health care law.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015

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