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US sanctions firms, individuals for aiding Iran

The United States on Friday sanctioned more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions.

Kraft recalls some American Singles cheese

Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.

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Suit claims police brutality at Ferguson protests

A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine.

Russia ‘outright lied’

US lashes out as UN Security Council laments Ukraine crisis

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having “outright lied” about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions.

Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.

Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water

A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba was discovered in a water system that serves more than 12,500 people, and state officials started flushing the system Thursday.

Bait dumping offers invaders path to Great lakes

Inadequate regulation of the bait fish trade and carelessness on the part of anglers may be allowing invasive species — including widely feared Asian carp — to reach the Great Lakes and inland waterways, according to a scientific paper released Thursday.

Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish power.

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Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside.

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Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had “outright lied” about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.

Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.

Mystery of Death Valley’s moving rocks solved

For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

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Jolie, Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s reigning royal couple, have tied the knot.

Docs: Ford made players roll in goose droppings

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford once made players on a high school football team roll in geese droppings, according to newly released documents.

High school buddies followed similar path to jihad, same fate

Two high school buddies who loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends both converted to Islam in early adulthood and were somehow recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist causes on separate continents.

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In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust

In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust — holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

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2 daughters see killer differently

The daughter of a Missouri woman sentenced for killing her husband in Wyoming almost 40 years ago said Wednesday she stands by her mother as she prepares to spend the rest of her life in a remote prison. The daughter of the victim was not so kind.

US considering new relief mission in Iraq

The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

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Obama again faces Congress question on Syria

One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers.

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