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Obama, Francis find common ground _ and divisions

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 19:21
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Face to face for the first time, President Barack Obama and Pope Francis focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor on Thursday. But their lengthy private discussion also highlighted the deep differences between the White House and the Catholic Church on abortion and birth control....
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Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 19:21
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama's heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets....
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Seismic readings show Washington had 2 landslides

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:46
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seismic signals showed there were two major slides about four minutes apart during Saturday's disaster in Washington state, and afterward smaller slides continued for days, University of Washington researchers said....
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Ga. soldier gets life, no parole in wife's death

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:18
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) -- An Army soldier accused of strangling his pregnant wife so he could pocket $500,000 in benefit money was convicted Thursday by a military judge in a case that hinged on dueling medical experts who couldn't agree on how the woman died....
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US autism estimate rises to 1 in 68 children

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 17:52
NEW YORK (AP) -- The government's estimate of autism has moved up again to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent increase in two years....
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Russell Crowe calls 'Noah' criticism 'irrational'

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 17:14
NEW YORK (AP) -- Russell Crowe calls the criticism that the film "Noah" has received "irrational" and says he's happy audiences can finally see it for themselves....
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Congress backs bills to aid Ukraine

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:34
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a show of solidarity with President Barack Obama, Congress spoke with one voice Thursday against Russia's annexation of Crimea, overwhelmingly backing legislation in the House and Senate to aid cash-strapped Ukraine and punish Russia....
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Spotters fight fatigue in hunt for jet lost at sea

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:14
OVER THE SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN (AP) -- They stare out at a punishingly unbroken expanse of gray water that seems, at times, to blend into the clouds. Occasionally, they press their foreheads against the plane's windows so hard they leave grease marks, their eyes darting up and down, left and right, looking for something - anything - that could explain the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane....
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Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:04
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used....
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Mandatory Kim Jong Un haircuts a baldfaced lie?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:58
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's distinctive hairstyle is the `do of the day on the Internet, thanks to a viral report that every male university student in the capital is now under orders to get a buzz just like it. But it appears the barbers of Pyongyang aren't exactly sharpening their scissors....
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Obama, Francis find common ground among divisions

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:44
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama and the Vatican gave distinctly different accounts of the president's audience with Pope Francis on Thursday, with Obama stressing their common ground on poverty and inequality but Vatican officials emphasizing concerns over Obama's health care law, which mandates contraception coverage....
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2018 mission: Mars rover prototype unveiled in UK

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:34
STEVENAGE, England (AP) -- It looks like a giant sandbox - except the sand has a reddish tint and the "toys" on display are very expensive prototypes designed to withstand the rigors of landing on Mars....
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UN approves inquiry into Sri Lanka war abuses

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:40
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights body launched an investigation Thursday into Sri Lanka's civil war, approving a U.S.-led resolution over the strong protests of Sri Lanka's government....
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$1 trillion student loan debt widens US wealth gap

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:35
Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage....
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AP PHOTOS: Popes meetings with US presidents

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:04
President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican on Thursday, holding a nearly hourlong audience with the pontiff. The president and pope both appeared tense at the start of the meeting, but they were all smiles by the end....
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Philippines and Muslim rebel group sign peace deal

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:34
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III....
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Taco Bell's ads star real-life Ronald McDonalds

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:17
NEW YORK (AP) -- Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu - Ronald McDonald....
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Big threat to Japan whaling: Declining appetites

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:29
TOKYO (AP) -- The greatest threat to Japan's whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but Japanese consumers. They've lost their appetite....
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