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Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers

AP Top Stories - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 2:21am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps....
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In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future

AP Top Stories - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 2:00am
HONG KONG (AP) -- As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift....
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EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions

AP Top Stories - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:48am
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed....
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Arizona's McCain: Execution was torture

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:37pm
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture....
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Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 7:25pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S....
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Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:54pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S....
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Large Sandy-struck family splits $20M lottery win

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:09pm
BEACHWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- A lottery-playing tradition started by the matriarch of a large New Jersey shore family paid off for her 17 children this week when the group won a $20 million jackpot that will partly be used to help family members recover from 2012's Superstorm Sandy....
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AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:55pm
CAIRO (AP) -- The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault....
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Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:23pm
PARIS (AP) -- Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and apparently disintegrated on impact....
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What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:53pm
SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) -- It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17....
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In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:16pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting....
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States' use of execution drugs varies widely

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:47pm
The prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate with a new, two-drug combo has highlighted the patchwork quilt approach that states now take with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and dosages varying widely. A question and answer look at how the disparity came about and why, following more than three decades in which all death penalty states used the exact same three-drug mixture....
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Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:05pm
XIXI, Taiwan (AP) -- The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home....
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Judge says Texas man should be exonerated in rape

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:02pm
DALLAS (AP) -- A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday....
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Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:02pm
MOSCOW (AP) -- Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage....
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World Cup over, but some Argentines won't go home

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:47am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Lucas Bazan Pontoni rifled through his pockets for the 45-cent lunch fee as he stood in line at a downtown soup kitchen. When he came up short, an acquaintance sprang for the government-subsidized meal....
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Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 6:55am
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer....
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Japanese fans speak on the evolution of 'Godzilla'

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:54am
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese fans want it known: The radiation-breathing, skyscraper-stomping monster they call "Gojira" was born right here in Japan, 60 years ago....
Categories: Associated Press

Air travel a leap of faith for passengers

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:33am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airline travel requires passengers to make a leap of faith, entrusting their lives to pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers and others who regulate air travel....
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Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

AP Top Stories - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:22am
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel - dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military - is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel....
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