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Despite new law, Ugandan cleric ministers to gays

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 15:33
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Young men sing hymns and recite the Bible before the Rev. Christopher Senyonjo gives a sermon on human sexuality. When the service is over some go to his desk, one by one, for counselling no other Ugandan religious leader is known to offer gays....
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Study backs nonsurgical way to fix heart valves

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 15:23
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead....
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Shirley Jones wants a high-flying 80th birthday

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 15:20
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Inspired by a former president, Shirley Jones can't wait to jump into her birthday plans....
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Obama offers Europe, Mideast allies assurances

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 14:58
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- From the heart of Europe to the expanse of Saudi Arabia's desert, President Barack Obama's weeklong overseas trip amounted to a reassurance tour for stalwart, but sometimes skeptical, American allies....
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Police: Man, 86, kills grandson's girlfriend, self

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 14:39
NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say an 86-year-old man shot his grandson in the head and then killed the grandson's girlfriend before fatally shooting himself in New York City....
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UN panel: 8 reasons to worry about global warming

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 14:05
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- If you have already read "12 Pieces of Practical Advice from Housecats," now you can move on to "8 Reasons to Worry about Global Warming."...
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Latest information on search for missing jet

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 12:02
Planes and ships scoured the new search zone for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on Saturday, hoping to recover and analyze any of the several objects spotted from the air....
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National soil collection may unlock mysteries

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 11:35
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The government has been collecting dirt - lots of it....
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Assad preparing to run for president despite war

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 08:42
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad is quietly preparing the ground to hold elections by early this summer to win another 7-year term, even as the Syrian conflict rampages into its fourth year with large parts of the country either in ruins or under opposition control and nearly a third of the population scattered by civil war....
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Turkish court backs Twitter but site still blocked

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:21
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- In a second ruling against Turkey's ban on Twitter, a Turkish court has overturned an order for the social media network to remove an account that accuses a former minister of corruption, reports said Saturday....
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Thousands of Muslims stuck in C. African Republic

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:45
BODA, Central African Republic (AP) -- There is only one neighborhood in Boda where Muslims are safe from the bullets and machetes of Christian militia fighters. Many who ventured out were killed, their throats slit or their cars showered in gunfire....
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Sharp shooter: Kerr talks defense

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:42
Welcome back to latest edition of BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all offbeat NCAA tournament needs. Today's rundown kicks off with a shooter talking about defense, and includes a jolting experience in the West, the most-tweeted team and celebrities at Madison Square Garden....
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Trip at an end, Obama has issues waiting at home

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:26
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A week of international prodding, outreach and reassurance behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama is returning to Washington amid looming domestic and foreign challenges, from a fast-approaching deadline for health care enrollment to renewed worries about Russia's intentions in Eastern Europe....
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At midnight hour, UK holds first same-sex weddings

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 22:03
LONDON (AP) -- Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history....
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Rogers, GOP hawk, quitting Congress for radio show

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:48
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Mike Rogers, the brash-talking Republican security hawk who has criticized the Obama administration yet commanded uncommon bipartisan support as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday he was retiring from Congress next year....
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Vatican open to facilitator role for Venez crisis

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:08
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Vatican says it's willing to help facilitate talks between Venezuela's government and its opponents aimed at ending weeks of deadly unrest that have paralyzed much of the country....
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Colbert caught in Twitter rage

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:06
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sometimes satire isn't made for Twitter's 140-character world....
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Obama to Putin: Pull back from Ukraine border

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:54
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Worried about Moscow's intentions, President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull his troops back from the border with Ukraine during an hourlong phone call Friday. The Russian leader, who initiated the call, asserted that Ukraine's government is allowing extremists to intimidate civilians with impunity....
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NJ Gov. Christie on major push to shed scandal

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:44
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Chris Christie has spent the past few days putting down traffic cones to separate himself from scandal....
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5 Things Miguel Cabrera's big deal can buy

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:41
Miguel Cabrera scored the richest contract in U.S. sports history, reaching a $292 million deal over 10 years with the Tigers....
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