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Strong earnings, job news give stocks a lift

After a shaky start, U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, snapping a two-day losing streak.

Senate passes Keystone pipeline bill

The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

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‘Never felt guilty’: Civil rights convictions tossed in SC

For a moment, Clarence Graham’s heart raced.

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After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy

For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system’s best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under extraordinary public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed men.

State Dept. officials ready to meet House Benghazi panel

The State Department said Wednesday that officials are prepared to meet immediately with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Utah parents who killed selves, children feared apocalypse

A Utah couple and their three children who were found dead in their home last fall overdosed on drugs after the parents told friends and family they were worried about the apocalypse, authorities said Tuesday.

Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York

A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist told an undercover FBI agent he could build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City.

Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations

Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

2 sunken boats from mid-1800s found in Lake Ontario

The wrecks of two 19th-century canal boats have been found on the bottom of Lake Ontario, an unusual discovery because such vessels typically weren’t used on open water, a team of New York shipwreck hunters said.

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Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold

Wells Fargo Bank officials vowed to reopen a popular corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district after thieves smashed a stolen SUV through its front door and made off with historic gold rush nuggets on display.

Fed stays ‘patient’ on rates while noting improving economy

The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be “patient” in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health.

Yemen rebels beat, detain demonstrators in capital

Rebels who control the Yemeni capital beat back dozens of people marching in protest against them on Wednesday, firing automatic rifles in the air and striking protesters with batons and knives.

Libya hotel attack signals growing reach of Islamic State

Militants loyal to the Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a deadly and complex attack on a hotel in Libya’s capital Tripoli, signaling an expansion of the jihadi group’s reach in the chaotic North African state while raising questions about the extent of coordination with leaders in Syria and Iraq.

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Boston bounces back, digs out from blizzard’s 2 feet of snow

Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow.

2 more rounds of snow could be headed to New England

Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days, just as New Englanders are digging out from a historic blizzard.

Jordan offers swap to Islamic State group to save pilot

Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage.

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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.

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Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport.

Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers

The Lebanese militant Hezbollah fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area Wednesday, killing two soldiers and triggering a deadly response that marked the most serious escalation since the sides’ 2006 war.

Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement

Consumers who had a Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile or Telcel America unlimited plan before January 2015 can file for refunds

The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service.

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