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National Guard to leave Ferguson

 August 22, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Ferguson, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from this St. Louis suburb on Thursday, the clearest sign yet that the violent clashes between police and residents may be subsiding after nearly two...

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Foley case highlights ongoing debate over paying ransoms

 August 22, 2014; Updated: 11:46 pm

Washington - The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate pitting the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists and some other countries' increasing willingness to pay...

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Obama faces tough options in Iraq and Syria

 August 22, 2014; Updated: 10:33 am

At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.

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NASA prepares for giant leap into privatized space travel

 August 22, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Washington - Ever since the retirement of the space shuttle three years ago, American astronauts have had to hitchhike their way to the International Space Station aboard Russian spaceships. It is an increasingly costly arrangement, which...

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Newport mansions cited for unsafe work conditions

 August 22, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Providence (AP) - A group that owns several well-known Gilded Age Newport mansions has been cited by federal workplace safety inspectors for allegedly exposing workers to lead-based paint and potentially fatal falls, the U.S. Department of...

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Robert Hansen, Alaska serial killer, dies at 75

 August 22, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Anchorage, Alaska - Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who abducted women and hunted them down in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was...

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Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

 August 22, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Boston - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly...

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Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 2:31 pm

FERGUSON, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black...

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Holder vows thorough and fair probe of Brown death

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Ferguson, Mo. - Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. swept into this battle-scarred St. Louis suburb on Wednesday, meeting with community leaders and promising a "thorough and fair" federal inquiry into the police shooting death of an unarmed...

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Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Washington - At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the...

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Aid group: U.S. doctor who had Ebola has recovered

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 10:00 am

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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U.S. special operations troops tried but failed to find hostages

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 9:54 am

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say.

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Justice Department announces $17B settlement with Bank of America

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 9:49 am

The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

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Neanderthals may have co-existed with early humans for 5,000 years

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

We know that modern humans won an evolutionary race against our Neanderthal relatives, but exactly how and when did they leave us? According to a new study published Wednesday in Nature, the shift may have happened quite gradually.Using...

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Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon bombing suspect

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Boston (AP) - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack, his lawyer said Wednesday.Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, is accused of removing a...

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Licia Albanese, reigning Met soprano of '40s and '50s, dies

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Licia Albanese, a revered Metropolitan Opera soprano who achieved superstar status in the postwar era for her emotionally intense and technically accomplished portrayals, particularly of the doomed geisha in "Madama Butterfly" and other Puccini...

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Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

 August 20, 2014; Updated: 2:08 pm

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American photojournalist executed, Islamic State says

 August 20, 2014; Updated: 12:15 am

The Islamic State militant group claimed Tuesday to have beheaded an American photojournalist in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

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Grand jury seated in Brown case

 August 20, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Ferguson, Mo. - A Missouri state prosecutor on Tuesday prepared to present evidence to a grand jury in the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, hours before Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. was set to arrive to personally...

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Atlantic's season for hurricanes starting quietly

 August 20, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Boston - The official start of the most active part of the Atlantic hurricane season arrives today with more of a whimper than a bang.If tradition holds, William Gray, who pioneered seasonal hurricane forecasting more than three...

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Latest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued

 August 20, 2014; Updated: 10:55 am

Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.

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Texas Gov. Perry booked on two felony counts after indictment he calls 'a political act'

 August 20, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, under indictment on two felony counts, was booked by authorities Tuesday afternoon, a process during which he declared his innocence and vowed to fight the charges."I'm going to enter this courthouse with my head...

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Obama sends Holder to Missouri

 August 19, 2014; Updated: 1:38 pm

Attorney general will oversee federal response to Ferguson shootingFerguson, Mo. - President Barack Obama on Monday dispatched the attorney general to personally oversee the government's response to the fatal police shooting 10 days...

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Cianci sauce has made no money for charity in 4 years

 August 19, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Providence - Former Mayor Buddy Cianci's face beams from the label of his Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which also promises that sales are "Benefiting Providence School Children" and have helped hundreds of students attend college.But...

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Police: 2 California boys planned school shooting

 August 19, 2014; Updated: 12:45 pm

Police said they prevented a "horrific tragedy" by arresting two teenage boys who plotted to kill three high school staffers then gun down as many students as possible in a quaint Los Angeles suburb.

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