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Federal land managers criticized over handling of Cliven Bundy standoff

Republican elected officials criticized the BLM's handling of the April standoff with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy

Satellites track drought-driven groundwater depletion in the West

A new study gives a greater understanding of how the persistent drought in the Colorado River Basin is sapping groundwater supplies. The equivalent of two Lake Meads has been drained from aquifers... Read more »

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Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense... Read more »

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Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help ease influx of migrants crossing the border

Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the... Read more »

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Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again

Congress has passed a bill that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can —at least in some instances— be used on other carriers. Read more »

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Teams converge on remote site to probe Air Algerie crash

Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the... Read more »

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US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine, preparing to move heavier weaponry over

Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an... Read more »

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What happened on the ground the day Flight 17 was downed over Ukraine

It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers... Read more »

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Afghan Taliban leader warns against security pact with US

In a blow to hopes for peace talks, the Taliban's reclusive leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year... Read more »

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Russian execs fear lasting damage from Ukraine plane crash

Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that... Read more »

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Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance: $2,448 per person, $12,240 for family of 5

Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. Read more »

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Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said. Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone. Read more »

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France sends soldiers to guard Air Algeria wreck

French President Francois Hollande says there are no survivors in the Air Algerie crash in Mali. Read more »

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After government topples crosses in China, congregations react with defiance

The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month. Read more »

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Israel kills senior Gaza militant, mulls next move

Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, as Israel's Security Cabinet was to decide whether to... Read more »

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Associated Press analysis: Colorado gun law based on flawed estimate

A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected... Read more »

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Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Read more »

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Towering worry surrounds sixth tallest building: Small sinkholes cause big jitters in South Korea

For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more... Read more »

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Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer. Read more »

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States' use of execution drugs varies widely

The prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate with a new, two-drug combo has highlighted the patchwork quilt approach that states now take with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and... Read more »

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S.Korea lab fails to find out how ferry owner died

South Korea's state-run forensic lab said Friday it has failed to determine the cause of death for a fugitive billionaire blamed for April's ferry disaster, amid mounting public criticism that... Read more »

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FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel. Read more »

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Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another... Read more »

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Ted Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline... Read more »

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Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a... Read more »

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US: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military

The Obama administration is accusing Russia of firing artillery to hit Ukrainian military sites and planning to send pro-Russian separatists more lethal weaponry. Read more »

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