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Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands

BEIJING (AP) — The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and telling his Chinese counterparts they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands, with no consultation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014

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Storms sock the Southeast, killing 2 people

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014

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USAID chief to face questions on 'Cuban Twitter'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development on Tuesday is beginning a series of appearances before lawmakers asking questions about his agency's secret "Cuban Twitter," a social media network built to stir unrest in the communist island.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014

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Wails, sobs: Rwanda marks 20 years since genocide

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Displaying both pride and pain, Rwandans on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating 100-day genocide that saw packed churches set on fire and machete-wielding attackers chop down whole families from a demonized minority.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014

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5 things to know about heroin use, getting help

Long a scourge of the back alleys of American life, heroin is spreading across the country. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February only underscored a problem many American communities already were combatting: the rising use of — and deaths from — heroin. Here are five things to know about this issue:

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014

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Obama: Students need help to get 'in-demand jobs'

BLADENSBURG, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the "in-demand jobs of the future."

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014

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Pro-Russians call east Ukraine region independent

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian activists barricaded inside a government building in eastern Ukraine proclaimed the region independent Monday and called for a referendum on seceding from Ukraine — an ominous echo of the events that led to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014

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Palestinians ready to widen global recognition bid

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians are ready to sign up a "state of Palestine" for additional international agencies and treaties — a step Israel views as highly provocative — if U.S. peace efforts collapse after an April 29 deadline for a deal, a senior official said Monday

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014

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