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How ghastly! 'Downton Abbey' to end after upcoming 6th season

A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year.

Watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex party allegations

A federal watchdog on Thursday faulted the Drug Enforcement Administration over allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes on government-leased property while stationed overseas. Read more »

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Jury: Life sentence for grandmother in girl's running death

A jury recommended life without parole Thursday for an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death. Read more »

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Therapists share healing powers of horses at international EAGALA conference

More than 400 mental health professionals attended the 16th annual international conference for the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, or EAGALA, Thursday to learn the powerful... Read more »

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Gillette company does work for NASA

Next time NASA's crawler transporter makes the 4.2-mile trip from the assembly shop to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the massive, lumbering 1960s machine will have new... Read more »

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Report: Teen says mom killed her siblings found in freezer

A Detroit teenager says her mother killed two of her siblings and forced her to put one of their bodies in the freezer where they were found. Read more »

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Police call kidnap a hoax, now can't find California woman

Investigators in Northern California say they were suspicious from the start of a boyfriend's report of the violent abduction of his girlfriend for an $8,500 ransom, yet had to take it seriously... Read more »

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Obama calls for payday loan regulations in Birmingham visit

President Barack Obama traveled Thursday to Birmingham to build support for policies that he said would protect working families, including new proposed regulations for payday lenders. Read more »

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US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack

An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged... Read more »

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Mexico marks 6 months since 43 students disappeared

Parents of 43 missing students marked the six-month anniversary of their disappearance Thursday by marching to the federal elections office in Mexico City to ask that voting scheduled for June in... Read more »

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Cockpit safety measures implemented after 9/11 may have allowed lockout of pilot

lane is a complex piece of machinery built on redundancies; if one system fails, another takes its place. Read more »

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'Downton Abbey' to end after upcoming 6th season

A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year. Read more »

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Alone at controls, Germanwings co-pilot sought to 'destroy' the plane

Ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door, the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself inside the cockpit and deliberately rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps as... Read more »

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Obama to host Pope Francis at White House in September

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President Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House during the pontiff’s U.S. visit in September, ” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. Read more »

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House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it... Read more »

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Pope's sex abuse commission alarmed by bishop appointment

Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he... Read more »

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Jury has verdict on sentence for grandmother of dead girl

Jurors have reached a verdict on a sentence for an Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in her granddaughter's running death. Read more »

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Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be business coach

The woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap infants and pass them off as her own claimed online to be a successful business coach and professional speaker who had written a book and... Read more »

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DEA agents’ ‘sex parties’ allegedly included cartel prostitutes, report says

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration are alleged to have had sexual escapades with prostitutes hired by drug cartels, based on a detailed report released Thursday by the Justice... Read more »

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The Latest: Reactions to news that plane may have been deliberately crashed

9:15 p.m. (2015 GMT, 4:15 p.m. EDT) In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke identified Robert Oliver as the third American citizen killed in the crash. He provided no... Read more »

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Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of... Read more »

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The Big Shift: Infields spin in response to data explosion

Twentysomethings sit in rows inside a two-story, red brick building in an Allentown suburb that Norman Rockwell could have painted. Using a keyboard and a pair of screens each, the video scouts... Read more »

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FDA to scrutinize unproven alternative remedies

Federal officials plan to review the safety and evidence behind alternative remedies like Zicam and Cold-Eeze, products that are protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine. Read more »

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Police: Woman's 'evil' plot to kidnap babies, pass them off as her own led to baby's death

A kidnapping that ended with the murder of a 3-week-old baby girl took a more sordid turn when police announced they tied it to a California woman accused of plotting to steal infants and pass them... Read more »

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Heavy rains cause flooding in usually bone-dry Chile desert

Communities in a desert region of northern Chile struggled Thursday to cope with rain-provoked flooding that has claimed the lives of at least four people, knocked out power and cut off roadways. Read more »

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US considering letting Iran run centrifuges at fortified site

The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at... Read more »

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