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Official: Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people 'probably crashed' in Mali

An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar over Mali

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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Battered by recalls, GM buoyed by its large SUVs

Tens of thousands of buyers have flocked to buy GM’s largest SUVs — and buoyed the company’s bottom line just when it needs it most. Read more »

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Obama visits with nonprofit head, ex-gang members

President Barack Obama met privately Thursday with four former gang members and the head of a Los Angeles nonprofit that is helping them turn around their lives. 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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US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

The Obama administration is considering giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S. border. Read more »

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Challenges, drug shortages, mark US executions

The prolonged execution in Arizona looked troubling, but was it unconstitutional? The U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the use of lethal injection six years ago, has held that "an isolated mishap"... 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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Henry 'Hank' Hartsfield Jr., space shuttle astronaut, dies at 80

Over his career as an astronaut, Henry “Hank” Hartsfield Jr. spent many years in training and only 20 days in orbit — but they were very good days. 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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Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare

As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Read more »

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Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday — a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality... Read more »

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Iraq elects Kurdish politician as new president; attacks kill dozens

Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. Read more »

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UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets... Read more »

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US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya due to security concerns

The Peace Corps is suspending its programs in Kenya because of security concerns and is pulling more than 50 volunteers out of the country until threat levels decrease, the Peace Corps and State... Read more »

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London critics fall for 'Shakespeare in Love'

On Thursday critics showered the new West End production "Shakespeare in Love" with accolades that will make producers' ad campaign a dream. Read more »

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Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of... Read more »

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Rep. Paul Ryan proposes streamlining 11 anti-poverty programs

Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty. Read more »

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Taiwan searches plane wreckage for clues on crash that killed 48 people

Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that killed 48 people on a Taiwanese island. Read more »

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Associated Press reporter's account of Arizona execution

Joseph Rudolph Wood looked around the death chamber and glanced at the people making preparation for his execution, locating the proper veins and inserting two lines into his arms. Read more »

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Ukraine accused of targeting civilians in east

War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just... Read more »

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Pope meets Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for her faith

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Pope Francis has met privately with a Sudanese woman who arrived in Italy after escaping a death sentence in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith. Read more »

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Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after navigating crowds and waiting in line. Read more »

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Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid international efforts to broker a... Read more »

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