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Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress

After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the... Read more »

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Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president

Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers. Read more »

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President: Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. Read more »

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Yemen president refuses to reconsider resignation

Yemen's president will not reconsider his resignation, despite pressure for him to do so by rebels who control the capital and who he says are holding him "at gunpoint," an official close to him... Read more »

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More than 2M vehicles recalled 2nd time for faulty air bags

More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. Read more »

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Navy abandons 'Global force for good' to broaden appeal

The Navy is taking a new approach to its recruiting commercials: Appealing to people who are already in uniform, have long since left the military and those who never will join. Read more »

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South Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment

South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could — soda, a loaf of bread,... Read more »

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Anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in Kabul turns violent

Afghan police say a protest in the capital, Kabul, against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, turned into a violent confrontation between demonstrations and riot police. Read more »

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Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday. Read more »

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Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies

Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as... Read more »

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AP Interview: NYC mayor says he has moved past police crisis

Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with... Read more »

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Gun debate turns wild in first 2 weeks of Texas Legislature

The Texas gun debate has gone wild, wild west. Read more »

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Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas. Read more »

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Legal battles from 2010 spill to unfold in 2 US courtrooms

Legal battles arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill play out in two federal courtrooms in New Orleans this coming week. Read more »

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Cumberbatch, Fry, others urge UK to pardon convicted gay men

Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct "gross indecency" law. Read more »

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Consumers fuel steady US economy as rest of world struggles

There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Read more »

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Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls

Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee. Read more »

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Tad Walch: The LDS Church's call for balance between gay and religious rights draws praise and criticism

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The LDS Church's call for balance between gay and religious rights drew not only strong criticism from conservative churches and progressive LGBT groups but praise as well from others Read more »

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Motorcycle crash victim meets donors whose blood saved him

Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life. Read more »

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City will pay $3.9M in 2012 NY police shooting of Bronx teen

New York City agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to the family of a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012. Read more »

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Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author

Australia's largest newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight. Read more »

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Treasurer McCord to plead guilty in campaign finance case

Pennsylvania's state treasurer has resigned and plans to plead guilty to federal charges accusing him of using his office to threaten potential campaign donors during his failed gubernatorial... Read more »

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Where the river is born: The other side of the Mississippi

The Mississippi River. The blues, jazz, Tom Sawyer and the Big Mo. Not in Minnesota, where the mighty Mississippi isn't so mighty. Consider a visit to Lake Itasca, where the river is born, and to... Read more »

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Balloon crew surpasses distance record in Pacific flight

The pilots of a helium-filled balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean surpassed a duration record Friday by spending more than 138 hours in the air, marking a historic day for the team that already... Read more »

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Germany to Greece: Don't mess with us over debt, austerity

Greece and its European bailout creditors were in open dispute Friday, with Germany bluntly rejecting suggestions the heavily-indebted country should be forgiven part of its rescue loans and warning against "blackmail" from Athens. Read more »

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