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1:01 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 1:45 am

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

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Around the Nation
12:40 am
Sun February 23, 2014

One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 3:21 am

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

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Sports
6:41 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Two Americans Reach The Podium In Men's Super-G

Silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht of the United States, gold medalist Kjetil Jansrud of Norway and bronze medalists Jan Hudec of Canada and Bode Miller of the United States celebrate on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Men's Super-G.
Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

Kjetil Jansrud gave Norway a record-equalling fourth straight win in the men's super-G at the Sochi Games on Sunday, while a tearful Bode Miller shared bronze to become the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing medallist at 36.

Andrew Weibrecht, starting 29th with all the favorites gone, used a pair of U.S. teammate Miller's skis to go one better than his third-place finish in Vancouver and win a surprise silver.

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Sports
6:27 am
Sat February 8, 2014

U.S. Snowboard Wins First Gold Of Sochi Olympics

Sage Kotsenburg takes a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday.
Sergei Grits AP

Sage Kotsenburg of the United States won the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics on Saturday, soaring to victory in the men's snowboarding slopestyle final.

Kotsenburg had a score of 93.50 to edge Staale Sandbech of Norway. Mark McMorris of Canada, who barely made the finals, took bronze.

Canadian Max Parrot, who topped qualifying on Thursday, missed the podium. He washed out at the end of his first run and his second run wasn't quite crisp enough. Parrot finished fifth.

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Politics
1:54 am
Sun February 2, 2014

New Orleans Mayor Wins Re-Election In A Landslide

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu greets supporters after winning reelection in New Orleans on Saturday.
Gerald Herbert AP

Boosted by a drop in the city's murder rate and an endorsement from President Barack Obama, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu won a landslide victory Saturday in his bid for a second term.

"The results tonight confirm what we hoped was true four years ago: that the people of this great city are ready to move forward," Landrieu told is supporters in a victory speech.

Landrieu had 64 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting in Saturday's election.

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Sports
7:25 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Wawrinka Beats An Injured Nadal To Win Australian Open

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates his victory in the men's final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain.
Robert Prezioso Getty Images

Stan Wawrinka held off an injured Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory Sunday in the Australian Open final.

The 28-year-old Swiss player had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start at Melbourne Park against the 13-time major winner.

Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but recovered slowly after getting treatment to push it to four sets.

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Middle East
5:33 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Clashes Turn Deadly On 3rd Anniversary Of Egyptian Uprising

Egyptians gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday during a rally marking the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.
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Egyptian officials said Sunday that the death toll from clashes between security forces and protesters on the third anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising has risen to 49.

The Health Ministry, quoted by the official MENA news agency on Sunday, said another 247 were wounded. The agency quotes the Interior Ministry as saying 1,079 were arrested.

Throughout the day, security forces crushed demonstrations by rival Islamists and some secular activists. Pro-army civilians joined the police in some of the clashes.

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Around the Nation
5:11 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Suspect Arrested, Charged In Fatal Campus Shooting

A suspect was arrested early Saturday and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a student outside a dormitory at South Carolina State University, law enforcement officials said.

Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, was arrested just after midnight at the parking lot of an apartment complex in Orangeburg, where the campus is located, said Thom Berry, a public information officer with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

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Around the Nation
7:08 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work

Boeing workers cry after learning that the Boeing machinists union voted to accept the company's latest contract offer to keep the assembly of the Boeing 777X airplane in Washington state.
Ted S. Warren AP

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

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Music News
10:52 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Phil Everly Of The Everly Brothers Dies At 74

The Everly Brothers, Phil, left, and Phil, perform in 1964.
AP

Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday. He was 74.

Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a Burbank hospital, said his son Jason Everly.

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Middle East
5:00 am
Sun December 29, 2013

Israeli Military Returns Fire After Rocket Attack From Lebanon

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 8:17 am

Rockets from Lebanon struck northern Israel Sunday, causing no injuries but sparking an Israeli reprisal shelling in a rare flare-up between the two countries.

Residents of the northern Israel town of Kiryat Shmona awoke to a pair of large explosions. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said no injuries or damage were caused from the rocket fire. Shortly after, the Israeli military said it responded with artillery fired toward the source of the launch.

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National Security
6:06 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Four U.S. Military Personnel Detained, Released In Libya

Four U.S. military personnel investigating potential evacuation routes in Libya were taken into custody at a checkpoint and then detained briefly by the Libyan government before being released, U.S. officials said Friday night.

These four military personnel were operating in an area near the coastal city of Sabratha in northwestern Libya as part of security preparedness efforts when they were taken into custody, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. Sabathra, about 40 miles west of Tripoli, is a popular tourist area with its ancient Roman ruins.

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Around the Nation
6:01 am
Sat December 14, 2013

School Shooting Is Another Tragedy For Colorado

Students comfort each other at Arapahoe High School on Friday.
Ed Andrieski AP

A Colorado high school student with an apparent grudge against a teacher wounded a classmate with a shotgun before killing himself, chilling a state that's still trying to make sense of mass shootings at Columbine High School and an Aurora movie theater.

Quick-thinking students at Arapahoe High School on Friday alerted the targeted teacher, who quickly left the building. Police immediately locked down the scene on the eve of the Newtown massacre anniversary — a somber reminder of how commonplace school violence has become.

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Music News
1:13 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Jay Z Tops Grammy Nominations

Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 1:23 am

Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.

Macklemore and Lewis' gay marriage anthem "Same Love" was among song of the year nominees and the Seattle rap crew joined Los Angeles rapper Lamar with seven nominations apiece, including best album and best new artist of the year. Pharrell Williams had four major nominations among his seven and Justin Timberlake also had seven.

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12:52 am
Sun December 1, 2013

'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash

Actor Paul Walker in March.
Joel Ryan AP

Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.

A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

"We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement said.

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Europe
6:57 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Ukrainian Demonstrators Converge After Police Break Up Protest

Ukrainian riot police officers detain an activist during a rally demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

About 1,000 anti-government demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital have converged on a square outside a monastery where protesters driven away in a pre-dawn clash with police were taking shelter.

The demonstrators outside the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery were shouting "shame" and "resign."

Early Saturday, officers in riot gear moved against several hundred protesters at Independence Square in the city center, beating some with truncheons.

Some protesters then went to the monastery about 500 meters away to take shelter in its cathedral.

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Europe
5:18 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Police Helicopter Smashes Into Roof Of Bar In Scotland

Firefighters work on the scene of a helicopter crash at The Clutha Bar in Glasgow, Scotland.
Andrew Milligan PA Photos /Landov

Rescuers worked through the night and into Saturday morning to rescue an unknown number of people trapped inside a Scottish pub after a police helicopter crashed through its roof during a packed concert, causing numerous casualties.

Police said early Saturday 32 people were taken to hospitals across Glasgow after the incident at The Clutha pub in the city center. No fatalities had been reported.

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Sports
12:43 am
Sun October 27, 2013

Obstruction Call Gives Cards 5-4 Win Over Red Sox

The Cardinals' Allen Craig gets tangled with Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks in the ninth. Middlebrooks was called for obstruction and Craig went in to score the game-winning run.
David J. Phillip AP

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig for a game-ending obstruction call on Jon Jay's ninth-inning grounder, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a bizarre 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and a 2-1 World Series lead.

Boston had tied the score with two runs in the eighth, and Yadier Molina singled with one out in the ninth off loser Brandon Workman. Allen Craig pinch hit and lined Koji Uehara's first pitch down the left-field line for a double that put runners on second and third.

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Europe
7:29 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize

Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.

While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.

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Asia
3:14 am
Sun October 13, 2013

Cyclone Inflicts Massive Damage Along Indian Coast

A man makes his way through uprooted trees after Cyclone Phailin hit Berhampur, India, on Sunday.
Bikas Das AP

An immense, powerful cyclone that lashed the Indian coast, forcing 500,000 people to evacuate and causing widespread damage, weakened Sunday after making landfall.

Five people died in the rains that fell ahead of the storm, most killed by falling branches, Indian media reported, but the situation on the ground in many areas was still unclear after Cyclone Phailin slammed into the coast Saturday evening in Orissa state, where power and communications lines were down along much of the coastline.

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