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Israeli airstrikes escalate tensions with Syria

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:57
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli warplanes unleashed a series of airstrikes on Syrian military posts early Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding seven in one of the most serious clashes between the countries in the past four decades....
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Scrap dealer's bargain turns out to be Faberge egg

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:40
LONDON (AP) -- There is good luck, outrageous good fortune - and now there is the case of the scrap metal dealer who found one of the eight missing Faberge imperial eggs at a flea market in the American Midwest....
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Venezuelan student protesters seek to woo poor

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:04
PETARE, Venezuela (AP) -- The two students venture into one of Latin America's biggest slums for the first time, feeling scared and somewhat awkward. Their mission: to broaden support for their anti-government protest movement in the low-income barrios whose working poor the late President Hugo Chavez championed....
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AP PHOTOS: Soldiers take over base in Crimea

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:59
Several hundred Russian-speaking militiamen wearing uniforms with no identifying insignia met no resistance Wednesday as they took over the Ukrainian Navy's headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea. Russia incorporated the strategic Crimean peninsula earlier this week....
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Fed clarifies guidance on short-term rates

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:43
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Reserve sought Wednesday to clarify a question that investors have been trying to determine: When it might start to raise short-term interest rates from record lows....
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Court reverses convictions in aiding-suicide case

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:22
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the convictions of a former nurse accused of encouraging two people whom he met online to kill themselves....
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Malaysian plane mystery bewilders, frustrates

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:50
Solving the mystery of the missing Malaysian plane is proving to be as easy as cracking a homicide without a body....
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No pope meeting for Russell Crowe, 'Noah' makers

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:06
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Actor Russell Crowe and the makers of the big-budget film "Noah" attended Pope Francis' general audience Wednesday but didn't get what they most wanted: a papal meeting and photo-op....
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Gun used against Pope John Paul II to be exhibited

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:49
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The gun used by a would-be assassin to shoot Pope John Paul II will be on display at a museum dedicated to the pontiff as a sign of God's protection of him, according to priests in charge of the museum....
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2 winning tickets in $400M Mega Millions jackpot

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 10:52
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The holders of two lucky tickets purchased states apart awoke to good news Wednesday: They will split a $400 million Mega Millions jackpot, the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history....
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Maine man's 'gun' turns out to be a tattoo

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 10:22
NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) -- Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man's home after members of a tree removal crew he'd told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun....
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Missing plane boosts ethnic unity in Malaysia

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:20
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The imam cupped his palms before his face and invited the congregation to pray. "Oh Allah, return to us those who are lost. Oh, Allah, grant safe passage to MH370," he said....
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AP PHOTOS: Iran fire festival marks end of winter

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:59
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranians jumped over bonfires, threw firecrackers and floated wishing lanterns to celebrate an ancient festival marking the end of the Persian year, ignoring calls by many Islamic clerics to shun a ritual that has officially been denounced as pagan....
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Health law concerns for cancer centers

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 07:38
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation's best cancer hospitals are off-limits....
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Group retracing trek of wandering Oregon wolf OR-7

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 07:37
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Wildlife advocates are preparing to retrace the 1,200-mile path of a wandering wolf whose trek in 2011 across Oregon and California attracted worldwide attention, hoping their upcoming journey will help build greater acceptance of wolves as they reclaim lost territories across the West....
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Candidates vie for Afghan women's vote

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 05:46
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The candidate strode down the aisle separating hundreds of male and female supporters at a campaign rally in Kabul. She shook hands with the women filling the chairs to her right. To the men on the other side, she simply nodded....
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