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Migrant smuggler costs for crossing Central Americans to the U.S.

Migration experts and smugglers say these are the payments made to get their human cargo to its destination:

UN calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the downed plane in Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area,... Read more »

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Propaganda war continues in Hobby Lobby aftermath

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Opponents of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling favoring religious freedom are distorting that decision's impact on women, critics allege. Read more »

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Truce elusive as Hamas, Israel stick to positions

The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel's defense minister pledged to keep... Read more »

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Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Read more »

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Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties

For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was... Read more »

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Police probe other attacks after transients killed in New Mexico

Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months,... Read more »

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Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild

When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers... Read more »

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Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard to Texas border

Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tired of "lip service" from the federal government. Read more »

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Obama bestows Medal of Honor on NH veteran; ninth living recipient

President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Read more »

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NASA names building for moonwalker Neil Armstrong

NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read more »

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Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed... Read more »

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Boston Marathon suspect's friend guilty of impeding probe

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Monday of impeding the investigation into the bombing. Read more »

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Dutch: Plane crash site needs full forensic sweep

Dutch experts called Monday for a full forensic sweep of the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down and told armed separatists guarding rail cars full of victims' bodies the train must be... Read more »

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To encourage saving, some states turn to prizes

Nearly a dozen states believe they’ve found a way to encourage people to save more money — and have fun doing it. And the idea costs not a dime in state funds. Read more »

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Dutch tell rebels: Train full of bodies must leave

Dutch forensic investigators told armed separatists guarding train cars full of bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet that the train must be allowed to leave as soon as possible Monday. Read more »

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Kenya military Twitter account hacked

The Twitter account run by Kenya's military was taken over by hackers claiming to be from the international activist collective Anonymous, a military spokesman said Monday Read more »

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More studies needed in apparent chokehold death

The medical examiner's office has not yet determined what caused the death of a man who appeared to be held in a chokehold as police attempted to arrest him last week. Read more »

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Judge asked to lift Fla. Keys gay marriage stay

A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional was asked Monday to permit gay couples to marry in Monroe County despite a pending state appeal. Read more »

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Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he... Read more »

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Afghan official: Suicide bombing kills 2 in south

A suicide bomber targeted a police convoy in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Monday, killing two people, a policeman and a civilian, a local official said. Read more »

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Israeli shells hit hospital in Gaza, official says

Israeli tank shells struck a hospital in the Gaza Strip on Monday, killing four people and wounding 60, Palestinian officials said, as Israel's defense minister vowed to press on with the war against Hamas "as long as necessary." Read more »

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Ukraine at potential turning point after crash

The crash of the Malaysian airliner in rebel-held eastern Ukraine is being viewed as a potential turning-point in the conflict — either, the international revulsion over the death of all 298... Read more »

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4-year-old boy dies in South Africa carjacking

South African police on Monday searched for assailants who forced a family from their car and drove off with a 4-year-old boy hanging out of the vehicle. The boy was later found dead in the... Read more »

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South African park considers rhino evacuation

South Africa's Kruger National Park is considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the flagship wildlife reserve in an attempt to protect them from poachers. Read more »

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Diplomacy intensifies amid mounting Gaza toll

The U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state headed to Cairo on Monday for the highest-level attempt yet to end two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting that has killed at least 510 Palestinians and 20... Read more »

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