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AP PHOTOS: NC artist burns glass into sculptures
PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- A huge grin appears on the face of glass artist Jonathan Michael Davis as he burns hole after hole through spheres of glass, making a popping sound....
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UN says there's unprecedented demand for food aid
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The World Food Program's top official said it's unprecedented that the U.N. aid agency finds itself simultaneously responding to half a dozen major crises in addition to helping the largest number of refugees in the world since World War II....
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Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina. If all goes as planned, the 28-year-old military policewoman will return to Camp Lejeune in time for a January delivery at an on-base hospital....
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Russian envoy sees end to Ukraine crisis
NEW YORK (AP) -- Russia's U.N. ambassador said he expects this week's gathering of world leaders to be difficult, but asserted that the crisis over Ukraine - which he blamed on the United States - was moving toward a solution....
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Los Angeles Register ends publication immediately
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Register has announced that it will cease publication immediately....
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UN members endorse Indigenous Peoples rights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly on Monday approved a resolution strengthening the rights of more than 370 million indigenous peoples worldwide who remain marginalized and impoverished seven years after the adoption of a U.N. declaration aimed at protecting the rights of native peoples....
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Heat, wind could stoke huge California wildfire
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Coming winds and warmer temperatures brought worries that progress made in slowing the growth of a massive wildfire in Northern California could be undone....
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Portland immigrant takes sanctuary at church
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A community activist who first came to the U.S. from El Salvador nearly two decades ago spent the weekend hidden in an Oregon church, becoming the latest immigrant to seek sanctuary as authorities try to deport him....
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AP Exclusive: Brazil says no to global forest plan
NEW YORK (AP) -- Despite its critical role in protecting the Amazon rainforest, Brazil will not endorse a global anti-deforestation initiative being announced at the U.N. climate summit, complaining it was left out of the consultation process. A U.N. official disputed that claim....
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Ex US Marine imprisoned in Iran can call home
NEW YORK (AP) -- The family of a former Marine imprisoned in Iran since his arrest three years ago on spying charges said his conditions have improved and he is now allowed to call home several times a week....
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Tensions high as ambush suspect evades capture
CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) -- A 10-day manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but the suspect has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials....
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Marathon suspect's friend due in court for hearing
BOSTON (AP) -- A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was due in federal court for a final hearing before his trial begins next week....
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Conservative scholar faces sentencing
NEW YORK (AP) -- A conservative scholar behind a high-grossing film condemning President Barack Obama is facing sentencing in his campaign finance case....
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Bin Laden spokesman faces possible life term
NEW YORK (AP) -- Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was due in court to face a possible life sentence for his role as the spokesman for al-Qaida following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks....
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Normal traffic resumes on highway hit by slide
OSO, Wash. (AP) -- Six months after a hillside gave way in the Washington town of Oso, burying 43 people and blocking a state highway, the community is taking another step toward recovery with the return of normal traffic on the route....
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