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Indian hunger striking
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Washington state motorists
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Pope Francis calls parents
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convoy onto Ukrainian soil


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Russian aid trucks pass Ukraine
border post, with rebel escort


Iraqi, Kurdish forces try to
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After food safety scares, China
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Indonesia's president-elect eyes
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Malaysia mourns as bodies of
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of Ugandan troops to keep peace


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China investigates former NDRC
finance chief in bribe probe


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At least 33 dead in bus
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Australia defends detention
of child asylum seekers


National Guard begins pullout from
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California pooches under new law


U.S. federal prosecutors questioning
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Alabama band teacher accused of
bondage-style sex with students


Oregon teenager pleads guilty,
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Calif. bill would pay for lawyers
for unaccompanied minor immigrants


Alabama man charged in killing over
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University of Colorado fights turning
over records in theater massacre case


U.S. court denies Allergan bid
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Oklahoma Catholic bishop drops
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Houston police face heat for
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Oklahoma City policeman arrested
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California attorney general appeals
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U.S. watchdog finds Pentagon
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Republican efforts to rein in
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Argentina in contempt of court


Judge blocks North Carolina
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Florida governor vows record
education spending in re-election bid


Republican lawmaker slams SEC
over unauthorized leaks to media


Thailand's junta upbeat on
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Islamic State threat 'beyond
anything we've seen': Pentagon


PETA joins protest against sale
of rabbit meat at Whole Foods


California bill would increase
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Federal judge strikes down Florida's
gay marriage ban, stays ruling


JPMorgan customers targeted
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U.S. opens criminal probe of
journalist Foley's death: Holder


U.S. aid workers who survived
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Virginia's ex-governor testifies
he has moved out of family home


Marching and praying, U.S. clerics
seek to restore calm in Ferguson


New York City bill requires
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Arkansas college student impaled
by flying golf club at fraternity


Kuwait releases detained cleric
suspected of financing militants


Turkish foreign minister
set to be Erdogan's new PM


Giant Palestine flag draped on New
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Ukraine's Poroshenko talks tough
ahead of meetings with Merkel, Putin


Rousseff, rivals change tack
in Brazil's reshaped election


U.N. rights chief rebukes Security
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Virginia man named Stoner busted
on marijuana charge: police


British Muslims blame jihadi
subculture after beheading video


Boeing says completed key
design review for space taxi


Hundreds pay it forward at Florida
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Iran says wants progress in nuclear
talks before action on Islamic State


Turkey's Erdogan names foreign
minister Davutoglu as next PM


Colorado voters to weigh
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against Islamic State in Iraq


Turkey's Davutoglu to be next prime
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Weather system east of Caribbean
could turn into tropical storm


U.S. Representative Ryan sees no
government shutdown this year: paper


Indonesia court upholds
Widodo's presidential victory


Public safe as two Americans treated for
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Pakistani protest leader says
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Exclusive: Militants, weapons transit
Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown


Tunisia, Egypt halt Libya
flights over security fears


Scottish nationalists seek to broaden
independence debate beyond currency


Seven slashed in knife attack in
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U.S. housing, jobs data
bolster economic outlook


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South African lawmakers chant
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Ford tells U.S. dealers to stop
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Ukraine border guards begin
checks on Russian aid trucks


U.S. existing home sales rise
at fastest pace in 10 months


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Thursday in Argentina debt dispute


Holdout creditor calls on U.S.
court to hold Argentina in contempt


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suspects to keep quiet until he arrives


U.S. jobless claims fall,
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businesses wonder who's next


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Indonesia police fire teargas
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Pakistani government, protest
leaders discuss way out of impasse


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after racially charged gas station shooting


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Israeli air strike kills three
Hamas commanders in Gaza


Protesters attack police as two
Indian states fight over territory


Calm largely holds in Missouri after
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Russia extends scrutiny
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Philippine Muslim rebels take
crucial step on path to pact


G20 edging towards deal on
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Slovenia PM-designate to
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Russia conducts checks at McDonald's
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Regional water authority envisaged
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material for planned attack: official


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Thai junta leader appointed
PM by hand-picked parliament


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town for meetings on fatal shooting


Indonesia's highest court to
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Police interest in wearable cameras
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steal U.S. nuclear secrets


Heavy fighting erupts in
Libya's Benghazi, killing five


Ohio clinic to halt surgical
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Mexico's ruling party proposes
cutting seats from Congress


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suspect to plead guilty: newspaper


Oregon authorities look for motive
after gunman kills father, tourist


California law aims to protect
rights of sperm donors, surrogates


Court grants gag order in
Pittsburgh police shooting case


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Hundreds rally in Ireland after
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Miami teens who sneaked into NBA star
Ray Allen's home charged with trespass


Florida police officer fired
nine times in accidental killing


New Hampshire town sued
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Former POW Bergdahl seeks to return
to civilian life, lawyer says


FBI warns healthcare firms
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rate hike given U.S. jobs gains


Maryland trooper suspended after
accused of being naked in bar


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BofA in $16.5 billion deal with
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Lightning hits New Mexico school
football practice, six hurt


Virginia prosecutor questions
accountant in ex-governor's trial


Obama condemns killing of reporter,
U.S. hits militants in Iraq


Republicans see Senate chances
bolstered by primary results


Convicted Arizona killer Jodi Arias
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U.S. job market gains not yet enough
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California Governor decries
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Pennsylvania psychologist
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Obama says beheading 'shocked
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on Met Opera's labor dispute


Argentina bonds, peso reel
on country's debt swap plan


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back customers with more discounts


U.S. imposes sanctions on
alleged Honduran drug gang


Austria detains nine suspected of
wanting to join militants in Syria


Father of Texas 'affluenza' teen arrested
for impersonating police officer


Argentina says proposed debt
swap aims to protect investors


Target cuts full-year
profit forecast


Chinese police arrest three for
deadly auto parts factory blast


Erdogan allies likely to
dominate Turkey's new cabinet


Three more Tibetans die from shooting
by Chinese police: rights group


Indian hunger striker freed after
14 years as suicide charges dropped


Four beheaded corpses found in
Egypt's Sinai: security sources


Landslides hit Japan's
Hiroshima, killing at least 36


Afghanistan gives NYT reporter
24 hours to leave country


Islamic State video claims to
show beheading of U.S. journalist


Street battles in eastern
Ukraine town kill nine: ministry


Turkish soldier killed in
clashes with Kurdish militants


Sullivan claims victory in Alaska's
U.S. Republican Senate primary


Iceland evacuates area
north of rumbling volcano


Ukraine maternity ward nurtures
new life as the shells fall


China fines Japanese auto parts makers
record $201 million for price-fixing


Pakistan cleric's supporters attempt
to blockade parliament, but MPs escape


China seeks passengers' ID for buying
bus tickets in restive Xinjiang


U.S. suspects in Bali suitcase
murder on suicide watch - police


Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel
tried to kill its military chief


Ukraine rebel movement
faces uncertain future


U.S. official says unified with
Japan on need for Russian sanctions


Tire makers race to turn
dandelions into rubber


China rejects Manila protest on
ships, complains of detentions


Kurdish ministers rejoin Iraqi
government: foreign minister


Police move against protesters as
calm dissolves in Ferguson, Missouri


Pakistani parliament to meet as
protesters clog streets outside


Afghan government bans NYT
reporter from leaving country


U.S. hospital breach biggest yet
to exploit Heartbleed bug: expert


Chinese rail official gets death
sentence in corruption case


North Korea on major sports
drive, says Pyongyang official


Ex-India PM immune from some claims
of Sikh genocide: U.S. judge


Swedish opposition widens lead in
opinion poll ahead of Sept elections


Boehner's troubles with House
conservatives may only get worse


Many who have left U.S. labor force
say they would like to return


Missouri suburb braces for more
racial unrest but calm prevails


NHTSA unveils new
recall search tool


Lawyers for Colorado theater gunman:
police lied about media leaks


Chinese paper calls for retaliation
over Australia tycoon attack


Argentina aims to skirt U.S. court,
bring debt under national law


Masked gunmen slay family collecting
body at Honduras morgue, kill nine


Life sentence upheld for U.S.
Marine who killed prostitute


Eight dead as landslides hit
Japan's Hiroshima, 13 missing


China presses South Sudan
over renewed violence


Two suspected bank robbers lead
police on wild chase in Connecticut


Judge blocks Louisiana governor's
move to scrap Common Core tests


Japan export rebound offers
hope for economic growth


Kroger in cross hairs as U.S.
gun fight spills into its aisles


Gaza war resumes with
deadly strikes, rocket fire


Los Angeles schools to ease
discipline policies to stem dropouts


California business tax breaks
would have to prove effectiveness


Lawmakers threaten Ex-Im Bank
subpoena in oversight rebuff


In riot-hit Ferguson, traffic
fines boost tension and budget


Florida pair sentenced in
multimillion-dollar coin laundry bank fraud


Japan's polarizing PM
Abe learns the long game


Exclusive: Amid investor pressure,
PetSmart says to explore sale


Scientists warn Florida governor
of threat from climate change


Islamic State says beheads
U.S. journalist, holds another


Indicted Texas Governor Perry
has fingerprints, mug shot taken


FBI probing reported theft of
1.2 billion Internet credentials


Two dead in helicopter
crash in Alabama


Man charged with murder in killing
of U.S. Marine's pregnant wife


Accused bitcoin exchanger loses
bid to narrow criminal charges


Appalled if video of journalist
murder by Islamic State genuine: U.S.


California lawmakers pass bill
banning inmate sterilizations


Beloved New York bar wins
reprieve from wrecking ball


Calpers set to allow 100 extra
pay types count toward pensions


New Hampshire Republican staffer
in chicken suit runs afoul of law


Funeral planned for Missouri teen
shot by police as clashes persist


Pakistani protesters reach
parliament as police look on


Sister of ex-Virginia governor
testifies in his defense


Virginia woman pleads guilty of
trying to cut off children's tattoos


Man pleads guilty over 'Hot Lips'
account used to evade U.S. taxes


Gaza truce collapses, fighting erupts,
Israel orders negotiators home


U.S. government's nuclear watchdog
victim of cyber attacks: report


California students who plotted school
attack could have obtained gun: police


Turkish president Gul tips FM
Davutoglu to be next prime minister


Texas animal centers 'empty
shelters' with massive pet adoption


Former Obama campaign manager to
run Uber's political strategy


Man exonerated of murder settles suit
against New York for $10 million


Pennsylvania teens to stand trial
in freeway rock-throwing incident


Marketing push, harsh northern
winter spur record Florida tourism


Family of Michigan woman sues
homeowner in porch shooting case


Rail firm poorly audited
before Canada disaster: report


N.Y. state demands thrift stores comply
with ban on child drawstring apparel


Former top Obama aide to lead
Uber's global political campaign


Oklahoma police officer charged
with murdering daughter's boyfriend


BHP announces spin-off plan,
no share buyback for now


Missouri racial violence recalls
apartheid, U.N. rights chief says


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falling to death at Yosemite: report


Migrant rape victim denied
abortion in Ireland: paper


Ex-Virginia teacher indicted
in attack on legislator's wife


Federal rejection leaves immigrant
in limbo at Arizona church


Remains from U.S.'s Mount St.
Helens belong to Japanese hiker


Nigeria former anti-graft tsar
defects to scandal-hit, ruling PDP


Advancing Ukraine troops take fight
to heart of pro-Moscow rebellion


Missouri racial unrest mounts;
U.S. leaders call for calm


Heinz recalls four batches
of infant food in China


Connecticut man charged
with fatally stabbing niece


Police come under gunfire, arrest
31 in Missouri racial unrest


Florida lawyer among dead
in Bahamas plane crash


NYC prosecutor to go to grand jury
after police choke hold death


Exclusive: Hamas fighters show
defiance in Gaza tunnel tour


Former Iraqi VP urges role for Saddam
loyalists, criticises U.S. action


Pope Francis grieving for relatives
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Russia tests surface-to-air
missiles in military exercises: RIA


Kurd shot dead in clash over
statue with Turkish forces


Florida woman shoots grandson, 7,
after mistaking him for intruder


Israel says Gaza militants
fired rockets, breached truce


U.S. housing market improving,
inflation pressures muted


'No' from one Iraq villager triggered
Islamic State mass killings


Pakistan prepares for showdown
between protesters, police


Islamic State fighters halt Iraqi
offensive to recapture Saddam's home town


U.S. consumer prices
rise modestly in July


Israel, Palestinians seek lasting
deal before day-long ceasefire ends


U.S. housing starts,
permits surge in July


South Korea parties back, families
oppose, ferry disaster probe


Ukraine says fighting halts
recovery of refugees' bodies


India's Modi seeks ideas to
replace Soviet-style planning


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