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Cautious optimisim in hometown of kidnapped Nigeria girls after news of cease-fire with militants

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ABUJA, Nigeri –  There’s no dancing in the streets, but people in the hometown of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are cautiously optimistic about news of a cease-fire with the Islamic extremists who abducted their daughters six months ago.“We don’t know how true it is until we prove it,” Bana Lawan, chairman of the [...]

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Dad: Actress died fleeing cops

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May 17, 2013. Misty Upham at the Cannes Film Festival. (The Associated Press)Actress Misty Upham’s father, Charles Upham announced on a statement in Facebook that he believes his daughter died while trying to hide from the police.“She did not commit suicide,” Charles wrote. “We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide [...]

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FADING AWAY ‘War on Coal’ takes painful toll on Virginia mining town

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Appalachia, Va., boasts that it was “built from coal,” but now its lifeblood has run dry. (FoxNews.com)APPALACHIA, Va. –  Roger Whited doesn’t have to think back too far to remember when Main Street was alive with bustling shops and offices, teeming sidewalks and even traffic jams, all thanks to the industry that was the lifeblood [...]

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Zoo’s Tasmanian devil is victim of foul play

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A Tasmanian devil sits in his enclosure at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. (AP Photo)Albuquerque police are investigating a murder mystery at the New Mexico city’s zoo after an endangered Tasmanian devil, one of four on loan from Australia, was found dead in its exhibit.Horrified zookeepers at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo told police they found “Jasper” in his [...]

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Beijing Marathon runners forced to wear masks to combat smog

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October 19, 2014: Runners wearing masks to protect themselves from pollutants jog past Chang’an Avenue near Tiananmen Square shrouded in haze while taking part in the 2014 Beijing International Marathon. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING –  Despite heavy pollution blanketing Beijing on Sunday, an international marathon went ahead, with face masks and sponges among the equipment used [...]

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#MARINEHELDINMEXICO: Mom pleads with lawmakers for ‘despondent’ Marine’s freedom – Full Coverage: Marine jailed in Mexico

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The mother of the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico after mistakenly crossing the border with three legally-registered guns told lawmakers Wednesday her son is rapidly deteriorating and pleaded with them to press for his return.Jill Tahmooressi, whose 26-year-old son, Andrew, served two tours in Afghanistan, appeared before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee to push her [...]

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A CHURCH DIVIDED? Catholic bishops scrap landmark welcome to gays

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Oct. 18, 2014: Pope Francis, right, arrives with bishops and cardinals to attend an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican. (AP) Sept. 21, 2014: Pope Francis waves to faithful as he is driven through the crowd, in Mother Teresa Square, in Tirana. (AP)Catholic gay rights groups have reacted with disappointment to [...]

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Unlimited vacation days?

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Some companies are offering employees unlimited vacation days throughout the year. (iStock)The best thing about the two-week dream vacation Andrew Vojslavek and his wife took to the British Virgin Islands last spring wasn’t the crystal clear blue waters or white sands. It wasn’t their private bungalow or the chance to pursue their favorite recreational activity right [...]

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‘Sex toy’ sculpture taken down

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October 17, 2014. People walk past a statue by U.S. artist Paul McCarthy as part of the International Modern Art Fair (FIAC), in Paris. (The Associated Press)A controversial green art installation on Paris’ tony Place Vendome has been taken down after being vandalized overnight.The inflatable sculpture called “Tree” vaguely resembled a Christmas tree but evoked for [...]

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What Halloween costumes say

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Halloween is almost here – which means picking out a costume for parties. But did you know that your costume choice says a lot about you?Dr. Scott Bea, psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic, said our real personalities can shine through when we dress up.“As human beings we’re often inhibited if people can recognize us or [...]

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