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At odds on human rights, US and Cuba move toward embassies

HAVANA (AP) — Still at odds over human rights, the United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015

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US jobless aid applications drop for 1st time in 4 weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month, a sign that layoffs remain low and hiring is probably still healthy.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015

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Divisions emerge among House GOP under pressure to govern

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most conservative lawmakers in the House Republican majority have gotten their way a lot in recent years. That may be starting to change.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015

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Ukraine bus attack kills 13, dashes peace hopes for east

SOKILNYKY, Ukraine (AP) — Hours after a new peace initiative for Ukraine began taking shape, mortar shells rained down Thursday on the center of the main rebel-held city in the east, killing at least 13 people at a bus stop.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015

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Thai ex-premier says 'democracy is dead' after impeachment

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday that democracy in her country was dead, after the military-appointed legislature voted to ban her from politics for five years and the prosecutor announced plans to indict her on criminal charges in connection with a money-losing rice subsidy program.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015

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Cleanup underway for nearly 3M-gallon saltwater spill in ND

Cleanup is underway after nearly 3 million gallons of brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production, leaked from a pipeline in western North Dakota, the largest spill of its kind in the state since the current energy boom began.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015

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4 bears die of chocolate overdoses; expert proposes ban

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's bear expert is proposing to eliminate the use of chocolate as bait after four bears were found dead at one trapping site due to a chocolate overdose.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015

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After stumble, GOP pushes different abortion bill

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — As thousands of abortion foes surged through the city on their annual protest march to the Supreme Court, Republicans muscled legislation through the House on Thursday tightening federal restrictions on abortions. The vote came after internal divisions forced them into an embarrassing fumble of a similar bill.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015

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