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Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:45pm
MCLEAN, Va. (AP) -- A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes....
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5 things to know about transgender Americans

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:41pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- These are pivotal times for transgender Americans, as they gain in visibility yet remain buffeted by bias and misunderstanding....
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UN: High civilian toll in Yemen conflict; at least 550 dead

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:30pm
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- With combatants fighting in neighborhoods and Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounding Iran-backed rebels from the sky, Yemen's war is wreaking a particularly bloody toll among civilians: more than 550 have been killed in the past month, including 115 children, the U.N. said Friday....
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Review: Getting your Apple Watch? Here's how to use it

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:22pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple Watches have arrived to the first group of people who had ordered one two weeks ago....
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Night train kills 14 migrants `sleeping' on Macedonia tracks

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:11pm
VELES, Macedonia (AP) -- A group of migrants trying to reach European opportunity via what's billed by smugglers as a "safe" route - trekking along train tracks through the Balkans - was hit by an overnight train in a remote river gorge in Macedonia, killing 14....
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Sawyer Sweeten of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' dies at 19

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:55pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano's twin sons in the CBS comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. He was 19....
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Armenia marks centennial of killing of 1.5 million

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:41pm
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) -- The presidents of Russia and France joined other leaders Friday at ceremonies commemorating the massacre of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks, an event which still stirs bitter feelings as both sides argue over whether to call it genocide....
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After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:21pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism - and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families....
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Ducking the spotlight, some stars decide to skip NFL draft

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:06pm
The hat-and-hug routine with the NFL commissioner that has become a rite of passage for many college football stars on draft night is not for everybody....
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Comcast abandons Time Warner Cable bid after gov't pushback

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:59pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- What killed Comcast's $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators' desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV....
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Armenians around the world mark 1915 genocide

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:52pm
BEIRUT (AP) -- Around the world on Friday, tens of thousands of people of Armenian descent commemorated the genocide 100 years ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks....
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Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:54pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda....
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Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of 'deadly mistakes'

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:58am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. investigators took months to piece together evidence that led to the conclusion that drone strikes had killed two Western hostages and two Americans who worked for al-Qaida, U.S. officials said Friday....
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Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:58am
MILAN (AP) -- Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday....
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Colorado shooting survivors turn to faith, forgiveness

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:04am
DENVER (AP) -- Nearly three years have passed since James Holmes, wearing body armor, opened fire in a deadly attack at a packed Colorado movie theater, and survivors and relatives of the 12 moviegoers who died are still trying to make sense of the shooting....
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Iraqi boy's dream of becoming dancer defied threats, borders

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:41am
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD....
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More than 12 hurt as stage collapses at Indiana high school

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:16am
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- More than a dozen people were injured after a stage filled with students collapsed during a musical performance at a central Indiana high school, authorities said....
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'Junkyard Dog' Carroll finally makes his mark with the Hawks

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:46am
ATLANTA (AP) -- When DeMarre Carroll is having one of those nights where the shots just won't fall, like Game 2 of the playoffs, he doesn't get down on himself....
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Rooftop restaurant provides rare bright spot in Gaza

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:11am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- When nightfall descends upon Gaza, the glittering lights of the Level Up restaurant seem to be the only bright spot in this darkened city....
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Comcast deal may be dead, but cable consolidation will go on

AP Top Stories - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:40am
NEW YORK (AP) -- Even if Comcast's $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable is dead, consolidation among the companies that pipe in our TV, phone and Internet will carry on....
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