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Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody

Jul 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.

Eric Garner's relatives stopped in front of his open casket, some weeping and wailing. A preacher opened the ...

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South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking

Jul 23, 2014

By YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government unveiled stimulus plans Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters.

The finance ministry said government spending would increase by 11.7 ...

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Japan trade deficit at record $75B in first half

Jul 23, 2014

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.

Japan's bulging import bill was partly due to a ...

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Childhood traumas more common in military members

Jul 23, 2014

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from troubled upbringings.

The study is the ...

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Relatives fly to Taiwan plane crash site, 48 dead

Jul 23, 2014

By RALPH JENNINGS, Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island on Thursday where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities were searching for ...

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Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

Jul 23, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.

Just days before the father and son ...

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Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

Jul 23, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the ...

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Arizona Governor Wants Review of Execution Process

Jul 23, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is ordering a review of the state's execution process after a condemned inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half before he died.

Brewer said in a statement Wednesday that she's concerned by how long it took for the sedative and pain killer ...

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Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling

Jul 23, 2014

The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional on Wednesday, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state until next month to seek an appeal.

Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July ...

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Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

Jul 23, 2014

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill a university policeman ...

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US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade

Jul 23, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal wildlife officials recently proposed strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species in an effort to prevent them from being introduced into the wild.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would prohibit bringing the snakes into ...

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Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

Jul 23, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the midterm elections.

In a 31-minute speech to the civil rights ...

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Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

Jul 23, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

The Democrat said Wednesday he was on medication and being treated for post-traumatic stress ...

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Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

Jul 23, 2014

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office ...

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Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar

Jul 23, 2014

By The Associated Press

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often.

The company's shares climbed nearly 4 percent in ...

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Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.

The Government Accountability Office issued a report Wednesday saying NASA's Space Launch System is at "high risk of missing" its planned ...

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Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel ...

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Twitter admits to diversity problem in workforce

Jul 23, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is acknowledging that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

The lack of diversity in Twitter's workforce of roughly 3,000 people was spelled out in data released ...

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2 bombs kill at least 39 in Kaduna, north Nigeria

Jul 23, 2014

By GODWIN ISENYO and HEATHER MURDOCK, Associated Press

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Bomb blasts appearing to target former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and a prominent moderate Muslim cleric killed dozens of people Wednesday, but left both leaders unharmed, according to Nigerian state ...

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UN says civilians make up most of Gaza deaths

Jul 23, 2014

By KARIN LAUB and YOUSUR ALHLOU, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 ...

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