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New IS video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts

The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed.

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‘Jihadi John’ raised in United Kingdom, studied computers, reports say

The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. A growing body of evidence suggests he is a London-raised university graduate, described by one man who knew him as kind, gentle and humble.

Militants abduct more Christians

Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to over 220, activists said Thursday.

Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students.

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Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet's vulnerability

Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit card transactions — all because vandals sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried in the rocky desert.

German consumer groups warn Facebook over data protection

German consumer groups said Thursday they will file a lawsuit against Facebook unless the social network changes its terms of service.

US stock indexes drift mostly lower as oil prices sink

U.S. stocks drifted to a slightly lower finish on Thursday, weighed down by falling energy stocks as the slump in oil prices deepened.

Stock market shrugs off net neutrality vote

The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

3 nabbed in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State group

Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island.

Lawsuit filed against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of the company’s dry dog food.

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Gas leak gathered in basement, caused explosion that hurt 15

Natural gas leaking from an underground main traveled into a New Jersey house, built up in its basement and exploded when it came in contact with an open flame from an appliance, investigators said.

US-Israel quarrel intensifies over Netanyahu speech

Trading barbs, the U.S. and Israel escalated their increasingly public spat Wednesday over Benjamin Netanyahu’s GOP-engineered congressional speech next week, with the Israeli prime minister accusing world powers of rolling over to allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.

Lawyer: Truck driver did ‘all he could’ before train crash

The driver of a pickup truck that a Southern California commuter train smashed into at a railroad crossing did “all he could” to free the vehicle from the tracks and then ran for help before the crash that injured dozens, his lawyer said.

Asia may have seeded European plague outbreaks, study says

Scientists say they may have solved a centuries-old whodunit: Why did Europe experience outbreaks of bubonic plague over hundreds of years, starting with the Black Death of 1347 to 1353?

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HAL wins: Computer program bests humans at ‘Space Invaders’

Computers already have bested human champions in “Jeopardy!” and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: “Space Invaders.”

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Surveyors determine new height for Washington Monument

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government surveyors have determined a new height for the Washington Monument that’s nearly 10 inches shorter than what has been recorded for more than 130 years, officials said recently.

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How Niagara Falls freezes … or does it?

It’s a stunning sight: Niagara Falls, the world’s most famous waterfall, apparently frozen in place.

Wisconsin Senate passes right-to-work bill amid protests

The Wisconsin state Senate passed a right-to-work bill Wednesday with just enough votes to send it on to the Assembly, where the Republican majority is wider, keeping the measure on a fast track that could put it before Gov. Scott Walker for his signature next week.

Spacewalking astronaut safe after water leaks into helmet

A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.

‘American Sniper’ jurors: Ex-Marine knew right from wrong

Jurors who rejected an insanity defense and convicted a former Marine in the deaths of famed “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend said Wednesday the man’s past behavior undermined his argument that he couldn’t tell right from wrong.