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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.

Balloon crew surpasses distance record in Pacific flight

Two pilots soaring over the Pacific Ocean made history Thursday, first matching and then surpassing the 5,209-mile (8,383-kilometer) official world distance record for human flight in a gas balloon. Read more »

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Most of Hawaii's coral recover from mass bleaching

Hawaii's corals are recovering after being stressed by warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures last year. Read more »

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Enjoyable 'Chuck Norris' is a powerful reminder of simple freedoms

We joke that Rocky Balboa won the Cold War when he defeated Ivan Drago in 1985's "Rocky IV." But according to a new film about the underground Romanian video market, Rocky may have had more of an... Read more »

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NASA remembering 17 astronauts killed in the line of duty

NASA is remembering 17 astronauts who were killed in the line of duty and dozens more who have died since the agency's beginning. Read more »

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Gas blast at Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead

Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion on Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete in... Read more »

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Fort Hood gunman Hasan says he wants to keep top lawyer

The gunman who killed 13 people at a Texas military base in 2009 appeared in court Thursday without the beard he had fought to keep and said he wanted to keep his lead appeals lawyer. A change of... Read more »

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Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

The father of a Jordanian fighter pilot and the wife of a Japanese journalist held by the Islamic State group pleaded for their loved ones' lives after a possible prisoner swap wasn't carried out... Read more »

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Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who... 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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As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Read more »

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10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. Read more »

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NFL says concussions down 25 percent this year

When preseason games, plus preseason and regular-season practices, are included, the 202 concussions this season declined 12 percent from 2013, and 23 percent from 2012. That's despite no new rules... Read more »

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Prosecutor: Aaron Hernandez orchestrated killing, cover-up

A prosecutor has told jurors that former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez orchestrated the killing of a semiprofessional football player, then orchestrated a cover-up. Read more »

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Haley creates committee to study domestic violence

Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday created another task force charged with finding a way to stem South Carolina's generational cycles of domestic abuse, on the heels of legislators advancing their own proposals. Read more »

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Black breast-feeding gatherings battle troubling health gaps

Once a month, baby-toting young women gather in a YMCA conference room to share tips, talk about and demonstrate breast-feeding — an age-old yet sometimes shunned practice in their community. Read more »

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Therapy dog makes rounds at Gillette nursing home

It's not an exaggeration to say that everyone stops Danielle Forsell and Iris Rose as they make their way through the corridors of Pioneer Manor during their weekly volunteering rounds. Around these parts, their reputation precedes... Read more »

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Fugitive treasure hunter says in court he is very sick

A treasure hunter who vanished two years ago while he was in a dispute over one of the greatest deep-sea hauls in American history was in court Thursday, appearing ready to defend himself and... Read more »

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Sheridan church home to Ferrari of the piano world

Imagine a wide open road, shimmering with dew, and an F12berlinetta Ferrari with every "rosso corsa" curve glistening and its V12 engine purring with a soft restraint that almost belies the power beneath the hood. Read more »

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Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist

A young Jordanian fighter pilot, a female al-Qaida recruit who tried to blow up a hotel ballroom in Amman and a veteran Japanese war correspondent are at the center of a life-and-death standoff... Read more »

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Study: Chances of driver dying in car crash plummets

The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles,... Read more »

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Child grooms of Nepal are married off as young as 7

The groom remembers his wedding day only in snapshots, like a dream that comes back in fragments. Read more »

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APNewsBreak: Boy Scouts settle California suit over abuse

The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 — a decision that will keep years' worth of... Read more »

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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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Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by... Read more »

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