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Coalition contractors killed at Kabul airport

Three coalition contractors and an Afghanistan national were killed during a shooting Thursday night in Kabul's airport, a U.S. military official said.

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Aaron Hernandez opening statements delivered

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's celebrity status was the reason the onetime NFL star worth $40 million was targeted by police and prosecutors in the murder of a semipro football player, one of his defense lawyers told a jury Thur...

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Mayor says 2 dead in hospital blast

Thursday's gas explosion at a Mexico maternity hospital claimed two lives, Mexico City's mayor said, correcting earlier official statements claiming a higher death toll.

A mix-up between the number of those deceased and those seriously injured led to...

Hershey's chocolate

Fans call to #BoycottHershey after import ban

Hershey's move to choke off British chocolate has created a social media firestorm.

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Beware promises of 'outlandish' tax refunds

It's hard to resist the promise of a big refund -- especially when you never imagined you had one coming to you.

Kabul locator

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Coalition contractors killed at Kabul airport

Three coalition contractors and an Afghanistan national were killed during a shooting Thursday night in Kabul's airport, a U.S. military official said.

Aaron Hernandez, 8-22-2013 2

Pool

Aaron Hernandez opening statements delivered

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's celebrity status was the reason the onetime NFL star worth $40 million was targeted by police and prosecutors in the murder of a semipro football player, one of his defense lawyers told a jury Thur...

Hershey's chocolate

Fans call to #BoycottHershey after import ban

Hershey's move to choke off British chocolate has created a social media firestorm.

Taxes, tax refund

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Beware promises of 'outlandish' tax refunds

It's hard to resist the promise of a big refund -- especially when you never imagined you had one coming to you.

IRS

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IRS to tax cheats: Stop hiding your money...

The IRS has been cracking down on tax cheats trying to hide money in offshore accounts. But it's still one of the top tax scams out there.

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Cops, citizens scuffle at St. Louis meeting

An attempt to mend the relationship between citizens and police in St. Louis broke into a shouting and shoving match late Wednesday -- between citizens and police.

Council members considering a bill to establish a civilian oversight board over police ...

Guantanamo Bay Gitmo

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Guantanamo detainee's diary is a New York...

When word got out Wednesday that "Guantanamo Diary" had made it onto the New York Times Best Sellers list, the book's boosters were buoyant.

AUSCHWITZ barbed wire fence

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Jewish leader: Group locked into Auschwitz

A row has erupted over allegations by representatives of Rome's Jewish community that they were locked into the former Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and treated "like real criminals" after filming a TV interview.

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Taylor Swift trademarks 'This sick beat'

If you were planning on using a Taylor Swift-penned phrase on, say, a locket or a jewelry box, think again. Because you could be trying to shake off a legal bill.

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Nickelodeon to launch direct-to-consumer...

Nickelodeon, the hugely popular kid's cable channel, is starting a subscription service to offer shows directly to consumers.

Uganda hospital treating Ebola outbreak

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Ebola cases drop to lowest level since June

The number of new Ebola cases reported in the three worst-hit countries fell to its lowest level since late June, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone had a combined total of 99 new cases for the week ending J...

Sajida al-Rishawi

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Sunset: Fate of ISIS captives still unclear

As the sun set Thursday in the Middle East, did two ISIS captives -- one a Jordanian pilot, the other a Japanese journalist -- fall with it?

That was the question following a new message, purportedly from the terrorist group, that pushed Jordan to bri...

Saturn super rings

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Astronomy first: 'Super Saturn' rings

In 1610, after he built his telescope, Galileo Galilei first spotted enormous Saturn's gigantic rings. More than 400 years later, astronomers have in a sense dwarfed that discovery with a similar first.

Using powerful optics, they have found a much la...

college classroom lecture hall

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White House drops college savings proposal

The White House is giving up on a costly fight with Congress over the Obama administration's increasingly unpopular proposal to effectively end 529 college savings plans.

A White House official confirmed the move on Tuesday as fierce opposition to the...

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Comcast changes customer name to profanity

A Washington state man discovered his name changed to "A**hole" on his monthly Comcast service bill.

Average 401k balance

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Average 401(k) balance hits record $91,300

401(k) balances reached a record high last year, thanks to a soaring stock market and larger contributions from workers participating in the savings plans.

At Fidelity, the average 401(k) balance hit $91,300 by the end of 2014. While that's up just 2...

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Ford promises bounce back year

Ford Motor reported a sharp drop in profits at the end of last year but predicted better times are ahead in 2015.

Its operating income tumbled 20% in the final quarter of 2014 and 30% for the full year, although that result was better than expected.

Th...

Missing Malaysia plane, messages

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Malaysia declares people aboard MH370 dead

The government of Malaysia has officially declared the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 an accident and all of its passengers and crew presumed dead.

But the search for the missing Boeing 777 will continue.

The formal declaration, read Thursday by...

Man shovels Boston Marathon finish line

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Mystery solved: Man who shoveled Boston...

It's mystery that even had the Boston Police Department on the case.

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Obama to rally Democrats in Philly

After giving up on his controversial plan to end 529 college savings plans, President Barack Obama will attempt to draw a new battle line with congressional Republicans over automatic spending cuts that remain baked into the nation's budget.

John Boehner

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Boehner defends House GOP immigration lawsuit

House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday confirmed House Republicans are filing a lawsuit against Obama's executive action delaying deportations for millions of immigrants here illegally.

"The President's overreach when he took executive action to deal...

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Serena, Maria to meet in Aussie final

Now comes the hard part for Maria Sharapova. Having reached the Australian Open final, she'll have to overcome longtime nemesis Serena Williams.

To utter that Sharapova is the underdog Saturday is like saying Roger Federer is a decent player. World N...

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Body parts found in suitcase left on sidewalk

Police answering a suspicious package call in San Francisco made a most unpleasant discovery when they opened a suitcase and found it contained human body parts.

The San Francisco medical examiner's office determined the parts were human remains and ...

Empire premiere

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African-Americans propel prime time TV...

For broadcast television, this is the Year of the African-American Viewer.

What many of this season's biggest hits have in common is a huge following in black households. This is most pronounced with Fox's new musical drama "Empire," which has quickl...

AirAsia no terrorism

Paul Spijkers

AirAsia jet climbed, triggered stall warning

Before AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashed, the co-pilot was flying the plane as the more experienced pilot monitored the flight. And things may have gone wrong in a span of just three minutes and 20 seconds, triggering a stall warning that sounded until i...