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Celebrations ring in Year of the Monkey
BEIJING — Chinese and others around Asia flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year. In Beijing, hundreds of thousands of people visited traditional fairs held in parks, as well as Buddhist and Taoist temples offering singing a...
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Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller’s death
WASHINGTON — The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker’s death, the Justice Department said Monday. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, also kno...
By Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann The Associated Press FULL STORY
Survivors pulled out from building two days after Taiwan quake
TAINAN, Taiwan — At least four people, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued Monday from a high-rise Taiwanese apartment building toppled by a powerful quake two days earlier, as frustration grew among families waiting for searchers to reach their buried loved ones. More than 100 people are...
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Merkel says ‘horrified’ by Russian bombings in Syria
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after talks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet...
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Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California
SACRAMENTO — Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told Monday. Fuel experts and consumer advocates also told the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee ...
By Alison Noon The Associated Press FULL STORY
Candidates sprint to N.H. finish, brace for long campaign
SALEM, N.H. — Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation’s initial primary. GOP contenders vying for second and third saw fresh hopes for survival after...
By Josh Lederman and Jill Colvin The Associated Press FULL STORY
California State University campuses prep for strike
SAN FRANCISCO — The union that represents California State University faculty said Monday it is preparing for a five-day strike at the system’s 23 campuses, by far the largest walkout since professors and instructors won collective bargaining rights in the early 1980s. The California Faculty A...
By Lisa Leff The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lawmakers unveil state health plan tax proposal
SACRAMENTO — The California Legislature has unveiled a bill imposing a new tax on health insurance plans to help pay for Medi-Cal. The bill introduced Monday would prevent a $1.1 billion hole in California’s health care budget. But it first needs bipartisan support in the Assembly and Senate to...
By Jonathan J. Cooper The Associated Press FULL STORY
North Korea’s new satellite flew over Super Bowl site
TOKYO — Here’s a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea’s newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended. Whatever motives Pyongyang may have about using its rocket launches to develop nuclear-tipped long-range missiles, it now has two satellites circling the...
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Last year set record for most shark attacks, with 98 worldwide
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone. The Florida Museum of Natural History released the numbers Monday. Scientists say the previous record was 88 attacks in 2000. International Shark Attack File curator Ge...
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Branded for Bernie: Dozens get inked with free Sanders tat
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Fans of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are wearing their support for him on their sleeves — and on their rib cages, calves, necks and backs. Several dozen people have flocked to Aartistic Tattoo in Montpelier, Vermont, to get a free tattoo of the senator, com...
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Man accused of stealing police badges while being questioned
IRWIN, Pa. — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man stole several police badges while he was being held for questioning in a domestic dispute. Police say 26-year-old Robert Dingeldein stole the badges Oct. 30 while being questioned by Irwin police. The small town has all its borough offices in one bu...
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