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Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

WASHINGTON — Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three years to stabilize Libya after dictator Moammar Gadhafi's overthrow.

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Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting — an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more than 2,200 killed, but puts off the most difficult issues.

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UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

WASHINGTON — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

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Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Gen. Martin Dempsey said Sunday that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.

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 Farmers' Almanac predicts another nasty winter

Farmers' Almanac predicts another nasty winter

LEWISTON, Maine - The folks at the Farmers' Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.

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American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria.

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Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

NAPA, Calif. — A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands, caused gas and water lines to rupture, sparked fires and buckled roads.

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Tropical Storm Cristobal to move away from Bahamas

Tropical Storm Cristobal to move away from Bahamas

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Cristobal is moving erratically north-northeastward away from the Bahamas but is forecast to stay away from the U.S. East Coast.

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100,000 elephants killed in Africa from 2010-2012, study shows

100,000 elephants killed in Africa from 2010-2012, study shows

        KENYA - An estimated 100,000 elephants in Africa have been killed by poachers from 2010-12, according to a new peer reviewed study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The killings have increased as a result of the growing demand for ivory sold on the black-market in China and other Asian countries.

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Aid group: US doctor who had Ebola has recovered

Aid group: US doctor who had Ebola has recovered

ATLANTA - At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

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Updated: aug. 21, 2014 9:03 a.m.
George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge

George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.

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Clashes in Liberia slum sealed off to halt Ebola

Clashes in Liberia slum sealed off to halt Ebola

MONROVIA, Liberia — Hundreds of residents of a seaside slum in Liberia's capital clashed with security forces Wednesday to protest an armed blockade of the peninsula that is their neighborhood as part of the government's desperate efforts to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

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Iraq says it seizes Mosul Dam; militants deny it

Iraq says it seizes Mosul Dam; militants deny it

BAGHDAD — Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex.

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Bourbon production reaches high point since '70s

Bourbon production reaches high point since '70s

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.

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UN: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak

UN: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak

MADRID — The World Health Organization declared it's ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa although the tiny supply of one experimental treatment has been depleted and it could be many months until more is available.

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Gaza talks to continue in Cairo as truce holds

Gaza talks to continue in Cairo as truce holds

CAIRO — A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo.

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Iraq president names deputy speaker new prime minister

Iraq president names deputy speaker new prime minister

BAGHDAD — Iraq's new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in the government as the country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north.

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Ethical questions emerge over who gets Ebola drug

Ethical questions emerge over who gets Ebola drug

MADRID — In a development that raises a host of ethical issues, Spain announced it had obtained a scarce U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest infected with the killer virus.

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Tony Stewart pulls out of race after crash that killed competitor

Tony Stewart pulls out of race after crash that killed competitor

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.

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WHO: Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency

WHO: Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency

LONDON — The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.

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Israel, Hamas resume fire after 3-day Gaza truce

Israel, Hamas resume fire after 3-day Gaza truce

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel on Friday, refusing to extend a three-day truce after Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock.

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Russia hits back on sanctions; bans food from West

Russia hits back on sanctions; bans food from West

MOSCOW — Russia banned most food imports from the West on Thursday in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.

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Prosecutor says Pistorius lied on stand

Prosecutor says Pistorius lied on stand

PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial said Thursday in closing arguments that the athlete repeatedly lied during testimony in a crude attempt to defend against a murder charge for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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Cambodia tribunal convicts Khmer Rouge leaders

Cambodia tribunal convicts Khmer Rouge leaders

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — They were leaders of Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist movement behind a 1970s reign of terror that transformed this entire Southeast Asian nation into a ruthless slave state — a place where cities were emptied of their inhabitants, religion and schools were banned, and anyone deemed a threat was executed.

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5-year-old mayor loses re-election in Minnesota

5-year-old mayor loses re-election in Minnesota

DORSET, Minn.-” A 5-year-old boy's run as mayor is over in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.

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Survivors dug out from China quake that killed 398

Survivors dug out from China quake that killed 398

KUNMING, China — Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.

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Cease-fire slows Gaza war as Israeli bus attacked

Cease-fire slows Gaza war as Israeli bus attacked

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli-declared temporary cease-fire and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, though an attack on an Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region.

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US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

DETROIT - Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.

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Atlanta hospital deemed 1 of safest for Ebola care

Atlanta hospital deemed 1 of safest for Ebola care

ATLANTA - The Ebola virus has killed more than 700 people in Africa and could have catastrophic consequences if allowed to spread, world health officials say. So why would anyone allow infected Americans to come to Atlanta?

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