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Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders go face-to-face

Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an “artful smear” while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of the political establishment.

Woman dies in industrial mixer accident at Utah bakery

A Utah woman died this week after she was pulled into an industrial-size bakery mixer at a suburban Salt Lake City grocery store in what investigators think was a fluke accident.

Explosives threat one of many dues to 'Making a Murderer'

Bomb threats to a Wisconsin county sheriff’s office that made an apparent reference to “getting justice” for the convict profiled in the popular Netflix series “Making a Murderer” are the latest in a long string of threats made to the department and its officers since the series went online, officials said Thursday.

Diet-pill distributor shut down by FTC for alleged fake claims

A Glendale, California, company shut down 10 months ago will pay about $10 million to settle claims by the Federal Trade Commission that it wildly exaggerated the results of its diet supplements, used fake endorsements from people like Oprah Winfrey and hired marketers to send millions of spam emails.

Prosecutor: 2 students plotted girl’s stabbing death

Two Virginia Tech students carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, and then hiding her body in the trunk of a Lexus, a prosecutor alleged on Thursday.

5M vehicles recalled for another air bag problem

Another problem has developed with automotive air bags, and this one will bring recalls of up to 5 million vehicles worldwide.

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FBI's hands-off strategy in Oregon follows lessons learned

Federal officials have allowed the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge to drag on for more than a month as part of a strategy learned from past standoffs in Texas and Idaho that ended in bloodshed and spurred more government mistrust, experts say.

Obama: faith 'great cure' for fear

Delivering his last annual sermon to Washington’s elite, President Barack Obama on Thursday warned of the corrosive impact of fear in public life and urged a bipartisan group of powerbrokers to abide by their faith “even when no one is watching.”

General says troop cuts constrain Afghan training mission

The ability to train and advise the still green Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500 as President Barack Obama has proposed, the senior American commander in Afghanistan said Thursday.

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Couple sought in southern crime spree suspected in gun theft

Suspects from Joplin wanted for crimes in Alabama and Georgia

Police believe a couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions in Alabama and Georgia stole guns from a Missouri house a few days before the crime spree.

Senate bill to shift oversight of nuclear waste in landfill

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that could transfer oversight of a St. Louis County landfill containing nuclear waste to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and away from the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Indicted anti-abortion activist offered probation in video case

One of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last month after making undercover videos about Planned Parenthood has been offered probation to settle the charge, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

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Trump, Cruz go at it

Once a bromance, now a brawl.

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Tornadoes pound southern states

Snow blankets Plains and Upper Midwest

A damaged women’s prison was running partly on backup power, schools and a major highway were closed for a second day, and an apartment building was evacuated Wednesday, a day after storms unleashed tornadoes and flooding in the South and dumped heavy snow in the Midwest.

No credible threat to Super Bowl 50

NFL security leaders and top law enforcement officials say there is “no credible threat” to Super Bowl 50.

US stocks stage late turnaround

Stocks staged a rapid comeback in late-afternoon trading to close solidly higher Wednesday, helped by a surge in the price of oil and a decline in the U.S. dollar.

Toyota recalls 320,000 trucks, SUVs

Toyota is recalling about 320,000 trucks and SUVs because the roof-mounted air bags can inflate without a crash.

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Pilot recounts blast on jet, emergency return

An explosion that blew a hole in a jetliner shortly after takeoff and left one man missing is believed to have been caused by a bomb, the pilot said Wednesday, describing how the crew calmed frightened passengers as smoke enveloped the cabin before he brought the plane back to Mogadishu’s airport for an emergency landing.

British earl suspected of murder 40 years ago declared dead

More than 40 years after a British aristocrat disappeared without trace in the hours after his children’s nanny was bludgeoned to death and his wife was badly beaten, he was officially declared dead Wednesday, allowing his son to take his title.

Benin Navy guarding Greek ship, hostages held in Nigeria

The navy of Benin is guarding a Greek-owned oil tanker hijacked by Nigerian militants who are holding five crew members hostage in Nigeria, a Nigerian agency that issues government statements and a shipping security expert said Wednesday.