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Violence of chase led cops to fire despite hostage

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Misty Holt-Singh planned to be gone for just a few minutes when she stepped into her local bank. Instead, she became the victim of three robbers who had gone there, too, planning to take both money and hostages.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014

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Elaine Stritch mourned as a feisty, funny broad

NEW YORK (AP) — Elaine Stritch was more than a Broadway actress. She was a New York institution, strolling around in a fur coat, pork pie hat or oversized sunglasses. She often wore shorts and ties, or just black stockings and a white flowing shirt. Her weapon of choice was the zinger.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014

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From nun to AIDS expert; crash kills hundreds

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International passengers from all walks of life, from a prominent AIDS researcher and soccer fans to a nun and a florist, were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014

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22 bodies counted at Ukraine plane crash site

GRABOVO, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014

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California bank robbery ends in 3 deaths

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Three bank robbers took three screaming women hostage as they made their getaway and waged a ferocious, high-speed gunbattle with police that left three people dead and cars and homes riddled with bullets, authorities said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014

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Trying gene therapy to create biological pacemaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014

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After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

TOKYO (AP) — Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014

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Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft is cutting up to 18,000 jobs, about 14 percent of its staff, over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April and cut down on management layers.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014

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