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Russia-backed rebels take over factories, mines in Ukraine
Russia-backed rebels take over factories, mines in Ukraine
Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine say they are taking over scores of factories and mines in the region, many belonging to a tycoon whose foundation has been the largest provider of humanitarian aid to a war-battered population
Catholic chapel in New Jersey mall is closing after decades
A Roman Catholic chapel at a New Jersey shopping mall is closing after more than 45 years
US stocks surge; Dow marks first time above 21,000 points
US stocks surge; Dow marks first time above 21,000 points
Banks and other financial companies are leading U.S. stocks sharply higher in afternoon trading, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average above 21,000 points for the first time
APNewsBreak: School led locker room assault investigation
APNewsBreak: School led locker room assault investigation
The investigation into the sexual assault of a disabled black football player by his white teammates at an Idaho high school showed that crucial evidence was collected by school employees, not law enforcement officials
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Tiny filaments, tubes proposed as Earth's earliest fossils
Tiny filaments, tubes proposed as Earth's earliest fossils
Tiny tubes and filaments in a Canadian rock may be the oldest known fossils on Earth
Dizzying patterns, deconstruction, celebs hit Paris runways
Dizzying patterns, deconstruction, celebs hit Paris runways
Deconstructed clothes, blown-up prints, and dizzying pattern contrasts shook up the VIP-filled runways on Day 2 of Paris Fashion Week
Puerto Rico governor wants fewer austerity measures
Puerto Rico's governor has submitted a fiscal plan that rejects austerity measures sought by a federal control board and instead proposes alternative ways to boost revenue and cut spending amid an economic recession
February deals convince buyers to go for pickups, SUVs
February deals convince buyers to go for pickups, SUVs
Lured by Presidents Day deals, U.S. buyers snapped up pickups and SUVs in February, brightening what is usually a lackluster month for the auto industry
House of Lords chides UK govt, backs EU citizens' rights
House of Lords chides UK govt, backs EU citizens' rights
Britain's unelected House of Lords has handed the government a stinging _ though likely temporary _ defeat on its plans to leave the European Union, resolving that EU citizens should be promised the right to stay in the U.K. after it quits the bloc
Texas court hears case that could dent gay marriage right
The Texas Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that conservatives hope will provide an opening to challenge the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide
UN panel alleges war crimes in last year's battle for Aleppo
UN panel alleges war crimes in last year's battle for Aleppo
UN panel: Emptying out Syria's eastern Aleppo was among war crimes committed by forces fighting on the ground
The Latest: Sheriff says fugitive will return to Mississippi
Mississippi authorities say they plan to seek the extradition of a fugitive who left a nearly 2,000-mile trail of violence that ended in fiery crash Wednesday in central Kansas
Waldorf Astoria hotel closing for transformative makeover
Waldorf Astoria hotel closing for transformative makeover
The last guests are checking out of New York City's Waldorf Astoria hotel as it closes for two to three years for a transformative makeover
Looking for Oscar bump, 'Moonlight' heads back into theaters
Looking for Oscar bump, 'Moonlight' heads back into theaters
Best-picture winner "Moonlight" is heading back into theaters in what will be its widest release yet
Click for candy: How online retailers boost impulse buys
Click for candy: How online retailers boost impulse buys
Packaged food makers are trying to adapt their selling strategies as more people do their grocery shopping online
Ex-judge banned from Nevada bench for handcuffing of lawyer
Ex-judge banned from Nevada bench for handcuffing of lawyer
A former Las Vegas justice of the peace has been barred for life from serving as judge in Nevada for ordering a defense attorney handcuffed when she wouldn't stop arguing to keep a client out of jail
AP FACT CHECK: Trump jumps the gun on NATO, jobs claims
AP FACT CHECK: Trump jumps the gun on NATO, jobs claims
President Donald Trump has claimed that new money is '"pouring in" from NATO partners, which it isn't
Heroin addict gets life for killing his friend's girlfriend
Heroin addict gets life for killing his friend's girlfriend
A Maryland judge has ordered life imprisonment for a homeless heroin addict who fatally shot a woman who had given him shelter but threatened to expose him for stealing about $350 from two businesses
The Latest: Feds drop 5 cases brought by arrested officers
The Latest: Feds drop 5 cases brought by arrested officers
U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says his office has quietly dropped five criminal cases brought by Baltimore police officers now charged with a racketeering conspiracy
Officials: New Trump travel ban removes Iraq from list
Officials: New Trump travel ban removes Iraq from list
President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, U.S. officials say, citing the latest draft in circulation
Storm system that killed 3 in Midwest rumbles eastward
Storm system that killed 3 in Midwest rumbles eastward
A strong spring-like storm system rolled to the East Wednesday after spawning tornadoes that killed three people and destroyed hundreds of homes in parts of the Midwest
Taliban suicide attacks, shootout kill 16 in Afghan capital
Taliban suicide attacks, shootout kill 16 in Afghan capital
Twin Taliban suicide bombings and shootout with Afghan security forces kill 16 people in Kabul
Illinois Senate faces tough votes on taxes, school funding
Illinois Senate faces tough votes on taxes, school funding
Illinois senators are facing critical votes on a plan to break the state's historic budget stalemate, including separate measures that would hike income taxes and freeze property taxes
The Latest: Illinois man killed in storm identified
The Latest: Illinois man killed in storm identified
Authorities have identified a central Illinois man who was killed by deadly storms that pummeled much of the Midwest
'Simple bump' led Aaron Hernandez to kill 2, prosecutor says
'Simple bump' led Aaron Hernandez to kill 2, prosecutor says
A prosecutor says former NFL star Aaron Hernandez killed two men in a hail of gunfire after he became enraged by "a simple bump, a spilled drink and an exchange of looks" in a Boston nightclub
Abuse survivor quits pope's panel over Vatican stonewall
Abuse survivor quits pope's panel over Vatican stonewall
An Irish woman who was sexually abused by clergy has quit in frustration her post on a Vatican commission advising Pope Francis about how to fight the abuse of minors
50 nations seek to counter US ban on family planning funds
50 nations seek to counter US ban on family planning funds
Some 50 countries have signed up to attend a family planning conference in Brussels aimed at making up the gap left by President Donald Trump's ban on U.S. funding to groups linked to abortion, organizers said Wednesday
Suspect in Mississippi, New Mexico crimes arrested in Kansas
Authorities have arrested a man suspected of shooting a Kansas convenience store clerk and kidnapping two hikers in New Mexico while on the run after his girlfriend was killed and a jogger was shot in Mississippi
Amare Stoudemire says he would avoid gay teammate
Amare Stoudemire says he would avoid gay teammate
Former NBA star Amare Stoudemire has told an Israeli sports website he would avoid a gay teammate