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Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 9:33am
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) -- 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 they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry....
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Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 9:06am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- 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....
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Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 7:27am
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down....
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Pats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 7:27am
PHOENIX (AP) -- A rookie who probably won't play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it....
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Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:01am
TOKYO (AP) -- Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood - or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria - have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities - typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy....
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A Super Bowl weekend at a golf tournament without Tiger

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:50am
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Three previous trips were enough for Tiger Woods to leave quite an impression at the Phoenix Open. The hole-in-one on the most raucous hole in golf. Fans moving a half-ton boulder. A kid tossing an orange onto the green when he was putting....
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Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:22am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign....
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NYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 2:25am
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother's home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he'd been mistaken for a mobster with the same name. The bad information, prosecutors said, came from two decorated police detectives who would later be convicted of moonlighting as hit men for the mob....
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Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 1:55am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan....
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Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 1:46am
CHONGLI, China (AP) -- Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics....
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Bill Cosby's show in Ohio draws a few protesters

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 12:41am
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- Bill Cosby's stand-up tour has stopped in northern Ohio, where it drew several protesters before the show. The comedian himself received standing ovations before and after his performance....
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10 Super Bowl ads that everyone will be talking about

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 12:09am
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's almost show time....
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What slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 12:06am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....
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Murder trial begins 35 years after 6-year-old vanished in NY

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:56pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thirty-five years after the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy in Manhattan ushered in an era of protectiveness for America's children, trial began Friday for a mentally ill man with a low IQ who confessed to his murder and kidnapping....
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IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:39pm
BEIRUT (AP) -- The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique....
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White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:37pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism....
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NFL's Goodell seeks to look past 'tough year,' to future

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:07pm
PHOENIX (AP) -- As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league - and himself - as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on....
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List: 10 Super Bowl ads you'll be talking about

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:25pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's almost show time....
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Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:19pm
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants....
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Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:15pm
TOKYO (AP) -- The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive....
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