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FACT CHECK: Obama claims credit for an incomplete recovery

AP Top Stories - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:14am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. may not have "risen from recession" quite as rousingly as President Barack Obama suggested in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Seven years after that severe downturn began, household income hasn't recovered and healthy job growth is complicated by the poor quality, and pay, of many of those jobs....
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Analysis: Obama seizes on recovery, bets on staying power

AP Top Stories - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:14am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's State of the Union address marked a sweet spot in his presidency when economic signs and his own personal approval are on the rise. He made sure to capitalize, taking credit for policies he said raised the country out of its recession....
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Pope praises big families after 'like rabbits' remark

AP Top Stories - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:35am
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis praised big families on Wednesday as a gift from God, after his comments that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" made headlines this week....
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Attacks on journalists threaten media freedom in Afghanistan

AP Top Stories - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:06am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- When Afghan journalist Hussain Sirat's car disappeared in late December, he assumed it was simply theft, until a man called to say that he had the vehicle, and a gun with which he planned to kill him....
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Brazen ships hauling fish near Antarctica ignore navy patrol

AP Top Stories - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:55am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Staying hidden behind sea ice and large waves, sailors aboard a navy patrol boat from New Zealand sneaked up on three suspected poaching ships, then took photos and video of the fishermen hauling in prized fish in banned nets from the ocean near Antarctica. Seemingly caught red-handed, the crews of the rusting vessels just kept on fishing....
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Obama challenges Republicans in State of Union speech

AP Top Stories - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says it's time to turn the page after years of economic hardship at home and wars overseas. But Republicans in charge of Congress say the voters already took care of that last November - and they're the proof....
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Saudi single women challenge tradition in love and marriage

AP Top Stories - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 1:26am
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Amna Fatani knows she wants a brilliant career and a life different from that of Saudi women of her mother's generation who married early, usually to a husband not of their own choosing....
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Bolivian leader begins new term with economic clouds forming

AP Top Stories - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:21am
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales is set to begin a new term that will make him the Andean nation's longest-serving leader, riding high on a wave of unprecedented growth and stability....
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Japan weighs ransom in Islamic State threat to kill hostages

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:39pm
CAIRO (AP) -- The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages within 72 hours, demanding a $200 million ransom in a video posted online Tuesday that showed a knife-brandishing masked militant standing over the two kneeling captives....
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Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans' concerns

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:01pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The new Republican Congress understands Americans' suffering from the economy, health care system and Washington gridlock and will steer the country away from President Barack Obama's failed policies, the newly minted senator delivering her party's official response to the State of Union address promised Tuesday....
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TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:57pm
Kenya Barris, creator of ABC's "black-ish," was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family's efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television....
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Saudi Arabia's rights crackdown linked to war on terror

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:34pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A man is given 50 lashes in a public square for "insulting Islam" on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman's public beheading. Two females are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter in support of women driving....
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10 Things to Know for Wednesday

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:10pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:...
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APNewsBreak: US settles case over fake Facebook page

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 8:38pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed Tuesday....
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Turkish graft probe nears final chapter with parliament vote

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 7:58pm
ISTANBUL (AP) -- In what could be the final chapter of a graft investigation that once seemed to threaten the inner circle of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's parliament voted against sending four former ministers to court....
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Watching Obama speech? Check out tone, theatrics, loudmouths

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:55pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and his aides have been trickling out his State of the Union proposals on taxes, education, Internet access and more for weeks. What's left to watch for during Tuesday night's speech? Plenty. The event is as much about the theatrics and accoutrements of the evening as about the meat of the president's proposals....
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Canadian soldiers directing air strikes in Iraq

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:40pm
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have been helping Kurdish peshmerga fighters by directing coalition airstrikes against Islamic State extremists - work generally considered risky because it means they are close to the battle against the group....
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BP penalty trial dredges up gloomy images of 2010 Gulf spill

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:04pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Images of oil-coated birds and testimony about "widespread sociocultural harm" opened the third phase of a trial to establish penalties BP must pay under the federal Clean Water Act for spilling millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010....
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Weakness of Yemen's government undermines US terror fight

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:49pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The violent push Tuesday by Houthi rebels against the American-backed government in Yemen is undermining military and intelligence operations against al-Qaida's Yemen-based affiliate, which made its reach felt in this month's deadly Paris attacks, U.S. officials say....
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Dad: Girl, 13, accused in crime spree was never abused

AP Top Stories - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:26pm
CLARKSON, Ky. (AP) -- The father of a 13-year-old girl who police say went on a crime spree with her boyfriend said Tuesday that claims that she was abused at home are "completely bogus."...
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