• Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 2014

    By Allison Lampert and Allison Martell MONTREAL (Reuters) - Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade. …

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  • Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Elaine Lies AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. Japanese…

  • Mexico tests DNA of babies who survived blast in search for parents

    Plunged into chaos just hours after entering this world, nine babies found alive after a gas blast in a Mexican maternity hospital underwent DNA tests on Friday in a bid to reunite them with their parents. Thursday's blast devastated the hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, sending a…

  • California officials seek to regulate electronic cigarettes

    California health officials declared this week that electronic cigarettes are a health threat that should be regulated like tobacco products. Experts say that if electronic cigarettes are not regulated, young people risk becoming addicted and developing health problems as a result. "E-cigarettes…

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  • Could tipping reach a tipping point? Some restaurants try new model

    A mini-revolution is gently simmering in American restaurants. Tipping hasn't quite reached a tipping point but the model seems downright revolutionary in an industry where employees typically depend on customer tips to pad paltry wages. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is just $2.13…

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  • How these two women guided the Keystone bill through a divided Senate

    In a rare moment for the US Senate, the two lawmakers who had just spent three weeks steering the Keystone pipeline bill through choppy waters were chatting amiably on the floor during the final vote. Senators can remember only a handful of times when two women have acted as “floor managers” of…

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  • 'Humans of New York' blog raises $1M for students facing hurdles to college

    When it comes to preparing students for college – and even helping them aspire to it – there’s a chasm between the haves and have-nots. The other was a formal event at the White House Friday afternoon, in which first lady Michelle Obama honored the National School Counselor of the Year and…

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  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • Lawsuit: Exploding air bag killed Texas man

    HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a Texas man who died in a minor traffic accident is alleging in a lawsuit that their loved one is the latest person to be killed by shrapnel shooting out of exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. Jordan has said it will only release an al-Qaida…

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  • Kerry to visit Ukraine next week: State Department

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Kiev on Thursday for talks with President Petro Poroshenko and other Ukrainian officials, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. President Barack Obama this week voiced deep concern about renewed fighting between Russian-backed separatist and…

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  • Factbox: Canada security bill's main provisions

    The Canadian government introduced legislation on Friday to counter terrorism in response to attacks in Canada, France and Australia by Islamist militants since last October. The following are the main provisions: CANADIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE SERVICE - CSIS would have powers to disrupt threats…

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  • French judge to probe AirAsia crash

    Flight QZ8501 went down in stormy weather on December 28 in the Java Sea during what was supposed to be a short trip from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. On Thursday, Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, which has been analysing the plane's black boxes, said that…

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  • Central African militias appeal for ceasefire recognition

    Militia forces in war-torn Central African Republic appealed Friday for international support for an ceasefire agreement struck without government involvement. The deal was signed last week in Kenya between senior representatives of the anti-balaka rebels and the ex-Seleka movement of ex-president…

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  • Test of gun finds only DNA of deceased Argentine prosecutor

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Testing of the pistol used to kill a prosecutor who had leveled incendiary charges against Argentina's president has found traces of DNA only belonging to him, the lead investigator in the case said Friday.

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  • IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique

    BEIRUT (AP) — The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique.

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  • 3 Chad soldiers, 123 Boko Haram militants killed in Cameroon

    N'Djamena (AFP) - Three soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed when the Islamist group attacked a Chadian army contingent in northern Cameroon, the Chadian military said Friday.

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