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First Look: Gerwig shines in a delightful "Mistress America"

13 hours 50 min ago
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, the crack-pot team behind "Frances Ha," have proven their delightful screwball talents once more with "Mistress America," which premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is a dreamy and idiosyncratic comedy about two enigmatic soon-to-be stepsisters who are just trying to figure out how they fit in the world,...
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WHO mulls reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola

14 hours 1 min ago
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization is debating how to reform itself after botching the response to the Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives....
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In Nigeria, Kerry to discuss election, insurgent group

17 hours 10 min ago
ZURICH (AP) -- Reflecting concern over the possibility of postelection violence, America's top diplomat is seeking separate meetings with Nigeria's president and his leading opponent ahead of voting as part of an effort to encourage both sides to accept the results peacefully....
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TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

19 hours 57 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88....
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Father of Japanese hostage reported killed still hopeful

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:58pm
TOKYO (AP) -- The father of the Japanese hostage purportedly shown in a video as having been killed by Islamic State militants is hoping against hope his son could still be alive....
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Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:28pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating....
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Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 8:40pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a political reality not lost on the parade of would-be 2016 candidates trying to draw attention at a Saturday gathering of social conservatives....
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Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 7:50pm
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said....
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GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 2:58pm
ATLANTA (AP) -- A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses....
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Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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