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Candidate's sudden death transforms Brazil race

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:39am
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's political landscape was being redrawn Thursday, a day after a small plane crash killed a top presidential candidate less than two months before the election....
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AP PHOTOS: Die-hards sleep over at College FB Hall

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:12am
ATLANTA (AP) -- One hundred contest winners who wrote essays detailing their love of college football were selected to stay with a guest overnight in Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame before its grand opening and win a year's supply of Chick-fil-A. The 200 die-hards, who came from as far away as Hawaii, were among the first to see the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience before it opens to the public Aug. 23. After touring the exhibits, guest were served di...
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Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:15am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars....
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Together 48 years, couple fights NC marriage ban

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 5:15am
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) -- On the summer night Ellen Gerber and Pearl Berlin committed to spending their lives together, the No. 1 song was "When A Man Loves A Woman."...
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Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 3:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group's momentum....
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It's a jungle out there: Animals in campaign ads

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 3:13am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a jungle out there in political television advertising, what with parrots, chicks, dogs and pigs taking turns in commercials that bite and scratch in a way no nonpartisan pet ever would....
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Gunmen wreak havoc in Caracas emergency rooms

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:06am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- At first, the operating room doctors thought the quiet man in jeans was a distressed family member. One shouted at him to leave as another fought to save the gunshot patient unconscious on the table....
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10 Things to Know for Thursday

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:59pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:...
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Woods pulls out of US Ryder Cup consideration

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:57pm
Tiger Woods removed himself from consideration for the Ryder Cup team Wednesday evening with a clear message that he is not healthy enough to play....
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2 reporters arrested at Ferguson McDonald's

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 9:49pm
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Two reporters covering the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb say they were arrested at a McDonald's Wednesday evening in the commercial corridor where angry protests have occurred....
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Clinton and White House try to shrug off split

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 7:21pm
VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) -- In yet another twist in their complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha's Vineyard following a foreign policy split....
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Robin Williams' public joy, private pain

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 5:51pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In public, Robin Williams shared only the joy he found in life, never the sorrow. He was the same man in private, shielding even longtime friends from the darkness of depression that finally enveloped him....
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AP video journalist, translator killed in Gaza

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 5:39pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Six people - including an Associated Press video journalist - were killed Wednesday when leftover ordnance believed to have been dropped in an Israeli airstrike blew up in the Gaza Strip....
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Gay marriages could begin by next week in Va.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 5:29pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Same-sex couples could begin marrying as early as next week in Virginia after a federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban....
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Study questions need for most people to cut salt

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 5:20pm
A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health - and too little may be as bad as too much. The findings came under immediate attack by other scientists....
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Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 5:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for a different category of defendants: swindlers, embezzlers, insider traders and other white-collar criminals....
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Robin Williams: Bay Area made him feel normal

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:29pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Robin Williams was everywhere in San Francisco, it seemed, as he made a place for himself in the everyday fabric of a city where he once said he passed for normal....
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W-I-N-N-E-R! Oregon man crowned Scrabble champ

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:51pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Conrad Bassett-Bouchard started his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word "zilch" and finished with the opposite - the $10,000 prize and title of national Scrabble champion....
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Kurdish forces say they urgently need more weapons

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:46pm
MAKHMOUR, Iraq (AP) -- The Kurdish commander stared down a road shimmering in the heat, then gestured to where the Islamic militants were deployed, plotting their next advance on this dusty Iraqi frontier town....
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Daughter of Robin Williams faced online abuse

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:13pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Robin Williams' daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called "cruel and unnecessary" messages following her father's death, a move that has prompted Twitter to explore how it handles such situations....
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