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  • 2 planes evacuated in Seattle, 3rd flight diverted to Dallas

    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Two planes were evacuated upon arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday due to what a spokesman called a "security concern."

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  • IS claims it executed Japanese hostage

    The Islamic State group has said it executed one of two Japanese hostages it has been holding, in an apparent beheading that has been slammed by leaders around the world. The claim, made Sunday, came a day after the release of a video announcing the murder of security contractor Haruna Yukawa by…

    AFP
  • As Obama visits, Indian president slams nation's failures

    By Rupam Jain Nair NEW DELHI (Reuters) - President Pranab Mukherjee gave a stern assessment of India 65 years after it declared itself a republic, criticizing parliamentary dysfunction and the overuse of decrees in a message that might also resonate with his visitor, U.S. President Barack Obama. In…

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    Great blizzard of 1888 changes NYC (12 photos)

    The Great Blizzard of 1888 was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States. Snowfalls of 20–60 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet.…

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  • 2 Marines identified in deadly California helicopter crash

    TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — Two Marine Corps officers killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in the Southern California desert were remembered Sunday as talented pilots.

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  • Qatar court tells US family to decide on execution

    A Qatari court ruled Sunday that the parents of an American teacher murdered in the Gulf state should decide whether her alleged killer is executed. The Pennsylvania-based family of Jennifer Brown can choose between the death penalty, compensation -- "blood money" under Islam law -- or a pardon for…

    AFP
  • Two dead in apparent murder-suicide at NYC Home Depot: NYPD

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were killed after a shooting in a Home Depot store in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on Sunday afternoon in what appears to be a murder-suicide, two New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesmen said. One male individual, who preliminary NYPD investigations suggest…

    Reuters
  • America Isn’t No. 1 Anymore: Here Are the Most Obese—and Slimmest—Countries in the World

    Obesity rates are increasing everywhere. Worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980, according to the Global Status Report released by the World Health Organization this week. More recently, the U.K.’s Clinic Compare created a map (above) based on international obesity statistics by the CIA, which…

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  • Retrieval of more than 30 slain Filipinos commandos underway

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have recovered at least 21 bodies of the dozens commandos who were mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village where they moved in over the weekend to hunt down one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.

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  • Eastern Michigan University women's basketball player dies in car crash

    A member of the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team and another university student died on Sunday in a head-on car crash near campus in Ypsilanti Township, officials said. Shannise Heady, 21, a forward with the team, was driving a car that crossed the center line and struck another…

    Reuters
  • Dog gets 2nd chance in Utah after escaping death in Indiana

    KANAB, Utah (AP) — A dog is getting a new lease on life at a Utah animal sanctuary a month after escaping a worse fate in Indiana: being euthanized and having its cremated ashes mixed with those of its late owner.

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  • US Muslims threatened after 'American Sniper'

    Muslims are facing increased threats in the United States after the release of the movie "American Sniper," an American-Arab organization said in letters to director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper. In the open letters released earlier this week, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination…

    AFP
  • Dead whale found at Seattle dock struck by ship propeller

    SEATTLE (AP) — A 32-foot gray whale that turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in downtown Seattle died earlier this week because it was struck by the propeller of a large vessel, according to the initial results of a necropsy completed Saturday.

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  • Cops: Man kills co-worker, then himself at NYC Home Depot

    NEW YORK (AP) — An employee at a Home Depot store in Manhattan argued with a co-worker before fatally shooting him and then killing himself on Sunday, police said, sending panicked workers and shoppers rushing to get away from the gunfire.

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    Ghosts of Auschwitz (19 photos)

    Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp will take place on January 27, with some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners taking part in the commemoration event. The Germans built the Auschwitz camp in 1940 as a place of incarceration for the Poles. From 1942, it became the…

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  • Ukrainian port city divided after deadly rocket attack

    Outside the church a day after a barrage of rocket fire killed 30 people in this Ukrainian port city, the war-torn region's divisions were on full display. "Those Ukrainian flags don't belong here," said 58-year-old Yelena as she exited a mass at the Orthodox church in honour of the victims of…

    AFP
  • Why the U.S. Is Stuck With Saudi Arabia

    The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who passed away Friday due to complications from a lung infection, elicited a series of gushing tributes from American leaders. In his official statement, President Obama praised his "enduring contribution to the search for peace" in the Middle East.…

    The Atlantic