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House of Delegates panel kills Va. minimum wage proposal

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Republican-led House committee has killed a proposal to raise Virginia’s minimum wage. The House Committee on Commerce and Labor voted Tuesday to table a proposal aimed at raising incrementally the state’s minimum wage above the current $7.25 an hour to $10 an hour by 2010. Proponents included liberal activists [...]

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Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations

  HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country’s decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington. The comments were the first by the 88-year-old revolutionary leader on the talks with the U.S. [...]

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Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage

  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Monday, Jan. 26, began the process of appealing a federal judge’s decision that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage — a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal. Attorney General Luther Strange’s office filed notice with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of [...]

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First US drone strike in Yemen since leader resigned kills 3

  SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the first so far this year, killed three al-Qaida fighters on Monday, signaling Washington’s determination to keep targeting the global terror network’s most lethal branch despite the resignation of the Yemeni president, a top U.S. ally, in the face of a Shiite rebel power [...]

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Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43

  MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of Southeast Asia’s most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. The clash Sunday — the biggest single-day combat loss for the government in recent memory — [...]

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China’s shadow looms large over Obama visit to India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi this week, the shadow of a third player hung over the talks: neighboring China, which has complicated relationships with both the United States and India. To Obama, forging deeper ties with India fits in neatly [...]

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New Jersey’s Christie launches political action committee

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign. Opening the political action committee allows Christie to begin to hire staffers, build the foundations of a campaign operation and travel across [...]

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Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation

  CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country’s first case that came to trial over the widespread practice, defense lawyers said. [...]

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Islamic State group nearly pushed out of Syria’s Kobani

  BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ending in defeat. Fighters raised a Kurdish [...]

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Japan seeks Jordan’s help in gaining hostage’s release

  TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan on Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group. Japanese officials refused direct comment on the contents of the talks in Jordan, where Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama [...]

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At Koch summit, Rand Paul splits with Cruz, Rubio

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Rand Paul is demonstrating how he could disrupt the Republican presidential field if he seeks the nomination, sparring with potential rivals over Iran, Cuba and the Pentagon’s budget in a face-to-face forum that offered an early preview of the feisty policy debate to come. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators [...]

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