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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital; no casualty reports

A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday.

Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles

A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife... Read more »

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Muddy wasteland awaits Obama's visit to mudslide

The floodwaters that covered the dead have been drained. Whirring excavators scoop shattered timber and deep muck. Outside each cab, a sentry studies the overturned debris for any sign of the last... Read more »

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Ride-sharing business launches despite warnings from Salt Lake City

Lyft, a new ride-sharing service that links people through a cellphone app, has begun in Salt Lake City. But city leaders warn that the service is operating illegally. Read more »

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Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings

Authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen recent highway shootings that have wounded three people. Read more »

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Iowa cases against felons for voting to proceed

An Iowa prosecutor said she will pursue pending cases against convicted felons accused of voting illegally in 2012 despite a new Iowa Supreme Court ruling that makes it unclear whether they lost their voting rights in the first place. Read more »

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MIT honors officer slain after bombs went off

Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life — and then died doing it, becoming a central character in the gripping hunt... Read more »

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Algeria's ailing president Bouteflika, 77, wins 4th term

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term in office with a landslide 81 percent of the vote, according to preliminary figures announced Friday by the Algerian government. Read more »

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Spokeswoman: departing Sebelius not considering US Senate

Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday. Read more »

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Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. Read more »

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Storms threaten 2nd launch try to space station

SpaceX returned to the launch pad Friday in hopes of finally delivering supplies to the International Space Station, but stormy weather threatened to interfere. Read more »

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UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod — a key figure behind Barack Obama's two presidential victories — to help with its leader's election bid next year. Read more »

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Michaels stores confirm breach of as many as 2.6 million cards

Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach. Read more »

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Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of central Syria, killing 14 people in the latest violence to hit the war-shattered city, state-run Syrian television reported. Read more »

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New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. Read more »

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Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Read more »

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Alternative to NYC horse carriages: Old-timey car?

An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the... Read more »

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NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down

NASA's small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE (pronounced LAH'-dee) is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon. Read more »

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Bomb in shopping street in Iraqi capital kills 3

Officials in Iraq say a bomb planted on a street full of shoppers in the capital, Baghdad, has killed three people and wounded five. Read more »

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Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have... Read more »

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Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries... Read more »

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White House updating online privacy policy

A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it... Read more »

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America remains among most positive countries on religion

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The U.S. has one of the world's most positive attitudes about religion, with a net 43 percent of the population reporting faith is good for the country, a WIN/Gallup poll indicates. Western Europe... Read more »

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Get married, stay married? No fault divorce under fire

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Gay marriage supporters have argued for awhile that traditionalists would be better putting their energy into shoring up traditional marriage rather than opposing same sex unions. Some state... Read more »

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Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run... Read more »

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USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections

Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday. Read more »

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