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Deadline looms for decision on Nevada mine Superfund status

Gov. Brian Sandoval was still wrestling Friday with whether to end the state's opposition to adding a toxic, abandoned mine in western Nevada to a list of the country's most contaminated sites that... Read more »

Published Jan. 29, 2016

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In Mideast wars, hunger grips millions across the region

In a Middle East torn apart by war and conflict, fighters are increasingly using food as a weapon of war. Read more »

Published Jan. 29, 2016

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UN health chief: Zika virus is 'spreading explosively'

Declaring that the Zika virus is "spreading explosively," chief of the World Health Organization announced that it will hold an emergency meeting of independent experts on Monday to decide if the... Read more »

Published Jan. 28, 2016

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Film academy reforms spark new round of protests

Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it was altering membership rules in response to an outcry over the diversity of its voters and nominees, another uproar has erupted around... Read more »

Published Jan. 27, 2016

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Bikram yoga founder ordered to pay $7.4M for sex harassment

A man who made an empire out of his high-heat brand of yoga has been ordered to pay well over $7 million to a former legal adviser who said he sexually harassed her. Read more »

Published Jan. 27, 2016

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Abe Vigoda, sunken-eyed character actor, dead at 94

Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and the doomed Mafia soldier in... Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2016

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Health minister: Brazil is 'losing battle' against mosquito

Brazil's health minister says the country will mobilize some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus suspected of causing birth defects, but he also was quoted Tuesday as... Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2016

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Johnson & Johnson beats 4Q profit views despite lower sales

& Johnson, despite a tough year of falling revenue, posted a 27.6 percent increase in fourth-quarter profit, as a big one-time gain offset restructuring and other charges taken by the... Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2016

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Tight Democrat race highlights differing views of gov't role

For months, the tumultuous Republican presidential primary has masked a brewing debate among Democrats about their own party's future. Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2016

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Clinton courts youth with celebs, but many prefer Sanders

Hillary Clinton has a lot of celebrity pals on her side, like actress Lena Dunham and singers Katy Perry or Demi Lovato, the latter of whom belted out hits at a campaign concert at the University... Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2016

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Pope Francis answers questions from children in new book

"Dear Pope Francis," 10-year-old Mohammed begins, "Will the world be again as it was in the past?" Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2016

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Romania probes hundreds of books written by prisoners

Romania's crackdown on corruption and fraud in recent years has created a sudden and unexpected literary boom, as prisoners publish hundreds of non-fiction books on subjects as varied as soccer,... Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2016

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Hilton launches new budget hotel chain aimed at young guests

Hilton is launching a new hotel brand, focusing on budget travelers looking to spend $75 to $90 a night. Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2016

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Cold snap hits east Asia, blamed for more than 65 deaths

Unusually cold weather in eastern Asia has been blamed for more than 65 deaths, disrupted transportation and brought the first snow to a subtropical city in southern China in almost 50 years. Here... Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2016

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Breakfast bump: McDonald's US sales jump 5.7 percent

McDonald's says the introduction of its all-day breakfast and unseasonably warm weather in the final three months of the year helped lift sales by 5.7 percent in the U.S., marking the second... Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2016

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling to receive PEN award for literary service

J.K. Rowling's latest honor isn't only for her writing. Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2016

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Werner Herzog on ski jumping and filming in North Korea

The first time Werner Herzog came to Sundance a little over a decade ago with "Grizzly Man," he asked that the Festival prepare the Olympic-sized ski jump ramps for him. Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2016

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Egypt says King Tut mask was scratched, sends 8 to trial

King Tut hasn't been around for a few thousand years, but his power remains: after a botched repair job of the famed pharaoh's beard left scratches on his burial mask, Egyptian prosecutors... Read more »

Published Jan. 24, 2016

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Friends, family join Celine Dion in service for husband

A veiled, expressionless Céline Dion sat in silence at Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica on Friday as she, along with hundreds of her friends, family members and fans mourned the loss of her... Read more »

Published Jan. 23, 2016

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All Broadway shows on Saturday shutter as snow builds in NYC

All Broadway shows — both matinees and evening performances — were cancelled Saturday after New York state officials declared a weather emergency. Read more »

Published Jan. 23, 2016

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Millions awake to more snow as blizzard barrels to the east

Millions of people awoke Saturday to heavy snow outside their doorsteps, strong winds that threatened to increase through the weekend, and largely empty roads as residents from the South to the... Read more »

Published Jan. 23, 2016

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Federal agency calls for research into Alaska seabird deaths

A federal laboratory that assesses disease in wildlife is calling for more research into the deaths of thousands of common murres and other seabirds off Alaska's coast. Read more »

Published Jan. 22, 2016

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Airlines cancel thousands of flights as big storm advances

Airlines canceled around 7,600 flights to, from or within the U.S. for Friday and Saturday, as a blizzard began covering much of the Eastern U.S. Read more »

Published Jan. 22, 2016

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Looking for diversity, Hollywood could turn on the TV

As Hollywood continues to be battered by a backlash to the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations and in the film industry at large, it doesn't have to look far for inspiration: Just turn on... Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2016

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Senate passes bill to open adoption records

Adoptees born between 1941 and 1994 would be able to access their birth records under a bill passed by the Indiana Senate. Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2016

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