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Farmers' Almanac predicts another nasty winter

Posted: 08/24/2014 - The folks at the Farmers' Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.

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3 dead in Los Angeles-area shootings within 1 hour

Posted: 08/24/2014 - Police say three people killed within the span of an hour in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were random victims of shootings that may have been carried out by the same attackers.

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US says American held in Syria has been freed

Posted: 08/24/2014 - An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for about two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants.

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Strong California quake causes injuries, damage

Posted: 08/24/2014 - The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands in California's wine country on Sunday.

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Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza

Posted: 08/24/2014 - Gaza police say Israeli airstrikes have leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story commercial building with dozens of shops in the southern town of Rafah.

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Tropical Storm Cristobal forms near Bahamas

Posted: 08/24/2014 - The U.S. Hurricane Center says a tropical depression that dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Cristobal.

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Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

Posted: 08/23/2014 - Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to Gaza.

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Officer charged in hot-car death of police dog

Posted: 08/23/2014 - A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to an animal-cruelty charge that alleges a police dog died after he left it in a hot patrol car for several hours.

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Parole denied again for Lennon's killer

Posted: 08/22/2014 - John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Friday.

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Firefighters injured in Ice Bucket Challenge

Updated: 08/22/2014 - A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an "ice bucket challenge."

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Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

Updated: 08/22/2014 - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack.

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Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine

Posted: 08/21/2014 - Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross.

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Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

Posted: 08/21/2014 - Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days.

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American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

Posted: 08/21/2014 - Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.

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Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

Posted: 08/21/2014 - The beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change U.S. lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists.

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Interpol urges world response to Iraq extremists

Posted: 08/21/2014 - Interpol says the killing of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria shows the need for a coordinated international effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.

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Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

Posted: 08/20/2014 - At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

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Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey

Posted: 08/20/2014 - Authorities say a fourth child has been freed by two suspects who barricaded themselves in a house in the southern Chicago suburb of Harvey after a foiled burglary.

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Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

Posted: 08/20/2014 - Palestinian militants are firing rockets from Gaza and Israel is launching airstrikes following the end of a cease-fire and the collapse of talks aimed at a lasting truce.

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