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FBI adds alleged al-Shabab recruiter from Virginia to most-wanted terrorist list

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. –  The FBI on Thursday added a former taxi driver from northern Virginia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he was a recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia. An arrest warrant, originally issued in February, was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria for Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, [...]

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Theater prize inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman gears up

  NEW YORK (AP) — A new theater prize inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman has been launched, seeking play submissions that “exhibit fearlessness.” The Relentless Award, the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play, comes with an annual award of $45,000 and the promise of [...]

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Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

  DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed at least 12 civilians on Friday afternoon, the city hall in the rebel stronghold said, as fighting intensifies between pro-Russia separatists and government troops. Five people were killed as they were waiting for humanitarian aid outside a community center and two [...]

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Josh Earnest

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes. The White House said Friday that Obama will ask Congress for $215 million for what he’s calling a precision medicine initiative. The ambitious goal: Scientists will assemble databases [...]

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Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Chad sent a warplane dropping bombs and ground troops to drive Islamic extremists from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. Thursday’s bombing marked the first such action by foreign troops on Nigerian soil to fight the militants of Boko Haram. [...]

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Norfolk State leader says school addressing problems

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk State University interim President Eddie Moore Jr. says the school is addressing problems that led to it being put on probation. Media outlets report that Moore met with the campus community on Tuesday to discuss a report from the school’s accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. [...]

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AP Source: Missy Elliott to join Perry for Super Bowl half

A person familiar with the plans for Sunday’s halftime show told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grammy winner Elliott is slated to make a surprise appearance during Perry’s performance. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Elliott’s participation had not been announced by the NFL. Elliott was featured on a [...]

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Feds: Treasure hunter eluded police with cash, tradecraft

  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by hiding in a two-room hotel suite under a fake name, paying for everything in cash and keeping a low-profile, authorities said Thursday. When Tommy Thompson [...]

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Prosecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez’s DNA ties him to slaying

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors laid out what they called compelling forensic evidence — Aaron Hernandez’s DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say he killed — as the ex-NFL star’s trial got underway. Jurors were to hear more testimony Friday in the case against the former New England Patriots standout, [...]

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Museum vows to reopen after thieves swipe historic gold

Museum vows to reopen after thieves swipe historic gold

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank officials vowed to reopen a popular corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district after thieves smashed a stolen SUV through its front door and made off with historic gold nuggets on display. The museum is a destination for schoolchildren and tourists and includes two restored [...]

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LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled for the 71-year-old performer in his action against his ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and [...]

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