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Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 2:52pm
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the oil-rich nation's new monarch, the White House said Saturday....
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1st attempt to lift fuselage of crashed AirAsia plane fails

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 2:41pm
PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian rescuers lifted the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner nearly to the water's surface before it sank to the ocean floor again when the lifting balloons deflated Saturday, a setback in the effort to recover more of the victims' remains....
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'Deadheads' ask to camp out during band's Chicago concerts

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 2:08pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fans of the Grateful Dead want a campout style atmosphere during three 50th anniversary concerts in July at Chicago's Soldier Field, but whether the venue will allow it is another question....
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Transgender teen's death stirs action in US and beyond

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 2:00pm
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Leelah Alcorn wrote a note on her Tumblr blog, then walked through the night and into the path of a tractor-trailer rumbling down a highway. In the final message attributed to her, she pleaded: "My death needs to mean something. ... Fix society. Please."...
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Experts examine bones as Spain hunts for Cervantes' remains

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 1:32pm
MADRID (AP) -- Forensic experts began excavating graves and examining bones Saturday in a tiny chapel in Madrid, hoping to solve the centuries-old mystery of exactly where the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes was laid to rest....
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'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:48pm
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) -- Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels....
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Alabama seeks to stay order overturning gay marriage ban

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:36am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state....
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Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks dies at 83

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:01am
Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope....
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Oregon focus of effort to expand background checks for guns

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:48am
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks....
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Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 9:12am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone. Families in Liberia are no longer required to cremate the remains of loved ones to halt the spread of the virulent disease....
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Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 7:22am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Defense attorneys for the former Vanderbilt University football players whose own cellphones show they participated in a dorm-room sex assault have placed blame on the elite Southern university, saying their clients' judgment was warped by a campus culture where drunken sex was common....
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For first-time visitor, Havana is charming - and complicated

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 3:25am
HAVANA (AP) -- Everyone warns you Old Havana is a facade, but it's impossible not to be taken by its charms....
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Views of the ECB stimulus from those who must make it work

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 3:09am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The fate of the European Central Bank's aggressive plan to stimulate the economy out of stagnation lies with the 340 million people in the 19-country euro alliance....
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Man wrongly convicted 4 decades ago freed from prison

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 2:22am
WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- For the third time in less than six months, a North Carolina inmate was exonerated by DNA evidence and freed after spending decades in prison for a wrongful murder conviction....
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Paraguay tries to stop execution of woman in China

AP Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 1:01am
BEIJING (AP) -- Rosalia Amarilla stepped into the international terminal of Beijing's cavernous main airport on the afternoon of July 24, 2012, wearing more than 7 pounds (3 kilograms) of cocaine stuffed into her underwear and bra....
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SUNDANCE WATCH: Williams remembered, come for the tacos

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:58pm
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- The Associated Press is all over the Sundance Film Festival, from its premieres to the Hollywood glitz. Here's what they've seen and heard:...
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5 things to know about political crisis in Yemen

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:01pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Yemen's U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa, further destabilizing the region and hampering America's ability to fight al-Qaida and other extremists targeting the West. The country's parliament will meet Sunday, but the government's future is unclear....
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Eyeing 2016, Jeb Bush signals focus on middle class

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:42pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- In his first public event since taking steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush on Friday called on political leaders to overhaul the country's immigration and education systems, increase job training programs and ease energy regulations to spur economic growth....
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Kobe to be re-examined before deciding injury fate

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 9:11pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant's torn right rotator cuff will be re-examined Monday before the Los Angeles Lakers decide whether the superstar guard needs potentially season-ending surgery....
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Privacy concerns over health care website prompt reversal

AP Top Stories - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:34pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data....
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