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Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dies at 98

  NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career and earned film immortality as a conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit in the classic Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” has died. He was 98. The actor’s son, Peter [...]

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Explosion rocks mall in Nigerian capital

  ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An explosion blamed on Islamic extremists rocked a shopping mall in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Wednesday, June 25, and police said at least 21 people have been killed. The blast came as Nigerians were preparing to watch their country’s Super Eagles play Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil. Many [...]

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Fancy freebies: Tycoon treats homeless to lunch

  NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese tycoon served up a fancy lunch Wednesday, June 25, to hundreds of homeless New Yorkers at a Central Park restaurant. Recycling magnate Chen Guangbiao selected a menu of sesame-seed-encrusted tuna, beef filet and berries with crème fraiche at The Loeb Boathouse restaurant for the residents of a Manhattan [...]

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Divergent views on exporting gas through bay

  LUSBY, Md. (AP) — Dominion Resources’ proposal to build a liquefied natural gas export facility is dividing residents of the quiet town of Lusby on the Chesapeake Bay. Some, like longtime resident Tracey Eno are worried about increased air pollution. “That can’t be good for me. I mean that’s just common sense,” said Eno, [...]

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Keep those pot plants potted: No more ripping weed

  DENVER (AP) — Police in some medical marijuana states who once routinely seized illegal pot plants by ripping them out by their roots and stashing them away in musty evidence rooms to die are now thinking twice about the practice. From Colorado and Washington state to California and Hawaii, police are being sued by [...]

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Va. House GOP lays out Medicaid legal strategy

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Republicans say Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe lacks the legal authority to expand Medicaid coverage for the state’s poor without legislative approval. House Speaker William J. Howell and other Republican leaders held a conference call Wednesday with reporters to explain their legal arguments against such a potential move by [...]

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Environment, economy linked at new UN assembly

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The first-ever United Nations Environmental Assembly opened in Kenya on Monday, as more than 150 high-level delegations began a weeklong examination of the intersection between global economic progress and the environment. The environment is no longer a niche topic backed by a passionate minority, Achim Steiner, the head of the [...]

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Med series producer directly sees impact of work

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the nurses who treated ABC News producer Terence Wrong when he was hospitalized for a minor ailment recently told him they traced their interest in medicine directly to his work. That’s a profound point of pride, as well as extra assurance of attentive care. Wrong has established [...]

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Ugandans drum alarms to rescue abducted children

  BUIKWE, Uganda (AP) — When a child goes missing in this central Ugandan district, villagers beat drums into a pulsing rhythm that sends rescuers scampering through bushes. Others, riding motorcycles, try to block exit routes. In response to the kidnappings and ritual killings of children here, the traumatized community has created a rudimentary but [...]

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Tracy Morgan transferred to rehab

  NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility as he recovers from a serious auto accident, his spokesman said Friday June 20. The former star of “30 Rock” is showing signs of improvement but has a long road to full recovery, spokesman Lewis Kay said [...]

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West Africa’s Ebola death toll rises to 337

  DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An Ebola outbreak continues to spread in three West African countries, and the death toll in the outbreak has risen to more than 330, the World Health Organization said Wednesday June 18. Health officials have struggled to contain the outbreak, which is believed to have begun in Guinea, where the [...]

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