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Better lives sought for larimar miners in Dominican Republic

AP Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:29am
BAHORUCO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The men in ragged clothes, many barefoot and covered in grime, scramble deep into the earth, searching for veins of a blue-green stone believed to exist only in the southwestern mountains of the Dominican Republic....
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On Cuban isle once home to Americans, a look back and ahead

AP Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:27am
ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, Cuba (AP) -- Fidelia Rodriguez looks at photos of the Smith family, the Americans who once owned the home she has lived in all her life. She lives behind the big house where the Smiths raised their children, a property now owned by the Cuban state. Her home was the servants' quarters....
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In Etan Patz case, defense focuses on the other suspect

AP Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:46am
NEW YORK (AP) -- An enigmatic figure looms over the trial of a man who confessed to killing Etan Patz: the former suspect who some still believe is behind the disappearance of the 6-year-old on May 25, 1979....
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In Etan Patz case, defense focuses on the other suspect

AP Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:46am
NEW YORK (AP) -- An enigmatic figure looms over the trial of a man who confessed to killing Etan Patz: the former suspect who some still believe is behind the disappearance of the 6-year-old on May 25, 1979....
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10 Things to Know for Wednesday

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:37pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:...
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After Christie's privatization, NJ lottery missing targets

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:49pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Chris Christie privatized New Jersey's lottery two years ago, he said its new overseers would "modernize and maximize" the games....
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AP Newsbreak: AP study projects average MLB salary tops $4M

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:08pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set....
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Trevor Noah defends self in backlash to old tweets

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 9:41pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Trevor Noah, the newly announced host of "The Daily Show," rejected the backlash over his graphic tweets targeting Jews and women as an unfair reflection of him and his comedy....
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A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 9:16pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence urged lawmakers Tuesday to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent of a new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians....
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Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:50pm
BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack....
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Loan recipients on 'strike' meet with federal officials

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:04pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pamela Hunt is so overwhelmed by her $56,000 in student loans for what she considers a worthless criminal justice master's degree that she's joined others on a "debt strike" and refusing to pay back the money....
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Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:32pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays....
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Nigeria new leader Muhammadu Buhari has strict reputation

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:23pm
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's next president, the first opposition candidate to unseat a democratically elected president in the country's history, also knows how to take power through other means....
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State Department found 4 emails about drones sent by Clinton

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:19pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject....
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Religious freedom laws not used against gays in the past

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:27pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays - and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say....
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Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:42pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms....
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Police: Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital found in DC

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:30pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An inmate in a hospital for treatment after a suicide attempt overpowered a guard, took her gun, escaped and carjacked two vehicles Tuesday, setting off a frenzied search that ended nine hours later with his capture as he got off a bus in the nation's capital....
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APNewsBreak: France seizes moment to push for Mideast talks

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:01pm
PARIS (AP) -- France sees a window of opportunity after Israel's elections to get the United States on board with a new push for Mideast peace, and is preparing a draft U.N Security Council resolution in about 12 days, according to French diplomatic officials....
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AP Exclusive: Big rigs often go faster than tires can handle

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:54pm
DETROIT (AP) -- Many tractor-trailers on the nation's roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials....
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Heavy winds sweep Europe, knock people to their knees

AP Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:31pm
BERLIN (AP) -- Heavy winds swept across Britain, Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday, killing one man, knocking other pedestrians to their knees and forcing numerous flight and train delays and cancelations....
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