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Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation

Senators weigh Loretta Lynch's nomination for attorney general for a second day at a hearing.

Rights group blasts Islamic State for atrocities

Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the "sectarian and abusive" policies of the Syrian and Iraqi governments, saying they fuel... Read more »

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Portugal approves citizenship plan for Sephardic Jews

Portugal's government on Thursday approved a law granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Jews it persecuted 500 years ago, following Spain's adoption of similar legislation last year. Read more »

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Alibaba adjusted profit tops estimates, revenue disappoints

Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba's Group reported adjusted fourth-quarter earnings that beat expectations as its user base continued to grow and shoppers bought more on mobile phones. Read more »

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Bill would remove permit requirement for concealed guns

Three Republican lawmakers want to allow anyone who can legally purchase a gun to carry the weapon concealed without a permit in New Hampshire. Read more »

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70 years later, veteran awarded WWII service medals

When Skokie resident Milton Kaplan served in the Army during World War II, he was one of the soldiers who would sneak into enemy territory and then report back to his commanders what he saw. Read more »

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Fed sees strengthening economy but stays 'patient' on rates

The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. Read more »

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Ford beats estimates despite declines in earnings, revenue

Ford's net income tumbled in the fourth quarter as the company took an expected charge to deal with its struggling Venezuelan operations. Read more »

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Mitt Romney courts middle class, jabs Hillary Clinton in Mississippi

Mitt Romney hasn't officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during a stop in Mississippi, back-slapping at a popular... Read more »

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Governor calls for investment in Utah's next 'greatest generation'

Gov. Gary Herbert urged investment in what he called Utah's next "greatest generation" in his State of the State speech Wednesday night by addressing needs including education, transportation and... Read more »

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Technology would help teachers give faster feedback to students, lawmakers say

Legislators unanimously recommended a bill for House approval Wednesday that would avail English and writing teachers of computer programs to help them give more timely feedback on their students'... Read more »

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Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. Read more »

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This week in history: Henry Clay calls for the Compromise of 1850

On Jan. 29, 1850, Senator Henry Clay called for a series of laws to mollify both North and South after California applied to be admitted to the Union as a free state. The legislation only succeeded... Read more »

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Arizona stops citing Uber, Lyft drivers as new law crafted

Arizona regulators on Wednesday stopped issuing citations to drivers for transportation companies such as Uber and Lyft as the Legislature works to craft a new law to allow the companies to operate... Read more »

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Bill seeks to set rules on formation of new school districts

A bill that seeks to set rules on how new school districts can be formed sparked a lengthy debate as it was presented Wednesday to the House Education Committee. Read more »

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At farewell, Obama praises Hagel as 'true American patriot'

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a true American patriot who devoted his life to the United States. Read more »

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Groups sue EPA seeking livestock farm air quality standards

A coalition of environmental, animal rights and citizen action groups filed two lawsuits Wednesday alleging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to address air pollution problems... Read more »

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Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps

Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008. Read more »

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Inquest begins into deadly Sydney cafe siege

An inquest into a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe began on Thursday, aimed at determining exactly how a gunman and two of his hostages ended up dead after a 16-hour standoff with police. Read more »

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Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the... Read more »

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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the... Read more »

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State Dept. officials meet with House Benghazi panel

State Department officials met Wednesday with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, a day after the panel's Republican chairman complained about... Read more »

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Historic Santa Fe building designated as national treasure

The Palace of the Governors is already billed as the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. Read more »

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Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations

Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages... Read more »

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Tape: Scientist offers to build nuclear bomb targeting New York

A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist told an undercover FBI agent he could build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City. Read more »

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