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Va., California Navy hospitals hold blood drive competition

  PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Naval hospitals in Virginia and California are holding a friendly competition to see which one can collect the most pints of blood. Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and Naval Medical Center San Diego are holding a blood drive through the end of February. The Navy says blood donations drop off significantly [...]

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Va. State Bar suspends McDonnell’s law license

  RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s law license has been suspended as a result of his conviction on 11 federal corruption charges, the Virginia State Bar announced Friday. The State Bar’s disciplinary board made the decision Jan. 23. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, McDonnell is ordered to appear before the board on Feb. [...]

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Family of comedian killed in Wal-Mart crash settles claim

  NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a comedian killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart. The out-of-court settlement between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the estate of James McNair is the first stemming from the June 7 crash in [...]

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Amid mourning, a new generation enters line to Saudi throne

  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s newly enthroned King Salman moved quickly Friday to name a future successor to the crown in his oil-rich kingdom, a significant appointment that puts the kingdom’s future squarely in the hands of a new generation. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud’s actions came as the Sunni-ruled kingdom [...]

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SAfrica former police chief dies, was jailed for corruption

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The legacy of former apartheid activist and member of parliament, Jackie Selebi, who died Friday, may be overshadowed by his disgrace as national police commissioner. The former top police official, who also was president of Interpol from 2004 to 2008, was convicted of corruption in 2010, accused of accepting bribes from [...]

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Hollande, leaders calls for investments in the green economy

  DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Climate change and poverty took center stage Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where political and financial leaders began campaigning in earnest for twin global accords aimed at cooling the planet and easing the suffering of multitudes. French President Francois Hollande, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

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Thai legislature votes to impeach former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over rice scheme

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai legislature votes to impeach former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over rice scheme.   Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Havana talks start after promises by Obama, Cuban caution

  HAVANA (AP) — The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades kicked off two days of negotiations Wednesday after grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the communist government. U.S. moves to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and loosen [...]

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Government health care website quietly sharing personal data

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s health insurance website is quietly sending consumers’ personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned. The scope of what is disclosed or how it might be used was not immediately clear, but it can include [...]

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Bolivian leader begins new term with economic clouds forming

  LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales is set to begin a new term that will make him the Andean nation’s longest-serving leader, riding high on a wave of unprecedented growth and stability. But as he prepares to take the oath Thursday, Morales and his countrymen face economic challenges that could quickly [...]

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Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) — Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP’s own plans. In [...]

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