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Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

    MOSCOW (AP) — The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border. “He was vague in a way that was very unusual, and it was hard for all of them to [...]

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Battle for Ukraine’s southeast coast heats up

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine’s strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday, Aug. 27, far from their previous battles with government troops. The bold offensive along a new southeastern front raised the prospect that the separatists are seeking to create a land link between [...]

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Palestan Leader Says Hamas Caused Prolonged War

  RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll. Abbas told Palestine TV in remarks broadcast Friday that “it was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses (damaged or destroyed).” Israel [...]

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South African court orders release of tapes

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, a move that could resurrect a case that has dogged the leader since before he took office. Zuma had applied to prevent the tapes from being released while the [...]

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Testimony wraps up in former Va. governor trial

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An FBI agent testified Thursday, August 28, that former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife spent many nights together in the governor’s mansion, a final effort to undercut the defense argument that the couple’s failing marriage made a conspiracy implausible. The agent was the final witness jurors heard from in the McDonnells’ [...]

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Perry: To deter grousing, state won’t pay lawyers

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds “to keep from having folks grouse about it.” The possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate told reporters in Midland that he had considered it appropriate for [...]

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McAuliffe orders cuts to Virginia state agencies

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ordering state agency heads to come up with across-the-board budget cuts for the next two years in order to cope with a more than $880 million budget shortfall. McAuliffe’s chief of staff, Paul Reagan, sent a memo to agency chiefs on Friday ordering them to [...]

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Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

      FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott on a day when four states chose candidates for statewide office. Crist easily [...]

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Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

  WASHINGTON (AP) — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social media [...]

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Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east

  DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — To shouts of “Fascists!” and “Hang them from a tree!” captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the streets of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday as bystanders pelted them with eggs, water bottles and tomatoes. The spectacle of the bruised and filthy soldiers being marched hands bound and surrounded [...]

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Perry: To deter grousing, state won’t pay lawyers

  MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds “to keep from having folks grouse about it.” The possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate told reporters in Midland that he had considered it appropriate for state [...]

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