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Theater victims were popular student and outgoing artist

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:32pm
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- One was a popular student studying to be a radiology technician, while the other was an outgoing artist who ran retail boutiques in two Louisiana cities....
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Turkish bombing of Islamic State marks end of tacit truce

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:31pm
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Last month, the first edition of the Islamic State group's Turkish-language magazine contained not a word of criticism of the Turkish government. This week, the second edition calls Istanbul occupied territory and blasts President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a tyrant....
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Mega-health deals bloom in July, Anthem bids $48B for Cigna

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 1:57pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients....
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In stunning attack, Cruz accuses leader McConnell of lying

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 1:36pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a stunning, public attack on his own party leader, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying, and said he was no better than his Democratic predecessor and couldn't be trusted....
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In shift, Turkish jets strike Islamic State targets in Syria

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 1:34pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- In a major tactical shift, Turkish warplanes struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria on Friday, a day after IS militants fired at a Turkish military outpost. A Syrian rights group said the airstrikes killed nine IS fighters....
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WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 1:32pm
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape....
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Debating The Donald: GOP rivals preparing with caution

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:50pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Considered the ultimate wildcard, Donald Trump is complicating debate strategy for Republican presidential candidates now scrambling to prepare for their first face-to-face meeting on national television....
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Chris Brown leaves Philippines after wait due to legal issue

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:29pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Chris Brown finally left the Philippines late Friday, but not without complications....
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AP PHOTOS: Macedonia faces migrant pressure from two sides

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 9:46am
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- They huddle on the Greek border, awaiting a chance to sneak into Macedonia. Other migrants who make it across this landlocked country into Serbia are being deported back....
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FIFA says corruption crisis hinders search for new sponsors

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 8:10am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- The FIFA corruption crisis is hurting its search for new World Cup sponsors....
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Carter: US airstrike kills senior Al-Qaida commander

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 6:36am
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that a U.S. airstrike recently killed a senior Al-Qaida operational commander in eastern Afghanistan....
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Obama voices support for gay rights as Africa trip nears

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:27am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ignoring calls from some African leaders to leave some of his opinions at home, President Barack Obama spoke favorably of gay rights as he prepared to visit Kenya and Ethiopia....
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Analysis: Like Iran, pacts with USSR ignored foe's behavior

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:23am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Critics of the Iran nuclear deal claim it is flawed, among many reasons, because it does not demand that Tehran also change its behavior at home and abroad. That complaint ignores the United States' long history of striking arms control agreements with the Soviet Union, a far more dangerous enemy....
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Gabby Douglas right on schedule for golden return

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:51am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Gabby Douglas is exasperated. Again and again and again the defending women's Olympic all-around champion emphatically slaps her right hand on one of the picnic tables that sit just past the front desk at Buckeye Gymnastics, the latest home in her nomadic career....
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A Palestinian village braces for Israeli demolition

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:42am
SUSIYA, West Bank (AP) -- Residents of this dusty village are bracing for Israeli bulldozers to come and knock down their makeshift homes of tarp, wood and wire any day now....
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Turkey allows US to use key air base to strike Islamic State

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:01am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Turkey has agreed to let the U.S. military launch airstrikes against the Islamic State from a key air base near the Syrian border, senior U.S. officials said Thursday, giving a boost to the U.S.-led coalition while drawing Turkey deeper into the conflict....
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10 Things to Know for Friday

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:15pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:...
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Western wildfires threatening homes and disrupting tourism

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:57pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Firefighters on Thursday braced for a fresh run by a wildfire that sent tourists fleeing from hotels and campgrounds in Montana's Glacier National Park, while a blaze threatening hundreds of homes in Northern California shot flames 100 feet in the air....
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Electronic Sports League to begin random drug tests

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 8:33pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Drug testing is coming to e-sports....
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'Sharknado 3' has the sharks, but not ratings of last year

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 8:32pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fearsome sharks rained down once more in the latest "Sharknado" TV movie, but they didn't create the ratings deluge of last year's installment....
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