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Mayor says 2 dead in hospital blast

Thursday's gas explosion at a Mexico maternity hospital claimed two lives, Mexico City's mayor said, correcting earlier official statements with a higher death toll.

Officials also announced the detentions of three workers who were delivering gas to ...

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Coalition contractors killed at Kabul airport

Three coalition contractors and an Afghanistan national were killed during a shooting Thursday night in Kabul's airport, a U.S. military official said.

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Aaron Hernandez opening statements delivered

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's celebrity status was the reason the onetime NFL star worth $40 million was targeted by police and prosecutors in the murder of a semipro football player, one of his defense lawyers told a jury Thur...

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Fans call to #BoycottHershey after import ban

Hershey's move to choke off British chocolate has created a social media firestorm.

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Beware promises of 'outlandish' tax refunds

It's hard to resist the promise of a big refund -- especially when you never imagined you had one coming to you.

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IRS to tax cheats: Stop hiding your money offshore

The IRS has been cracking down on tax cheats trying to hide money in offshore accounts. But it's still one of the top tax scams out there.

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Cops, citizens scuffle at St. Louis meeting

An attempt to mend the relationship between citizens and police in St. Louis broke into a shouting and shoving match late Wednesday -- between citizens and police.

Council members considering a bill to establish a civilian oversight board over police ...

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Guantanamo detainee's diary is a New York Times best seller

When word got out Wednesday that "Guantanamo Diary" had made it onto the New York Times Best Sellers list, the book's boosters were buoyant.

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Jewish leader: Group locked into Auschwitz

A row has erupted over allegations by representatives of Rome's Jewish community that they were locked into the former Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and treated "like real criminals" after filming a TV interview.

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Taylor Swift trademarks 'This sick beat'

If you were planning on using a Taylor Swift-penned phrase on, say, a locket or a jewelry box, think again. Because you could be trying to shake off a legal bill.

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Nickelodeon to launch direct-to-consumer service

Nickelodeon, the hugely popular kid's cable channel, is starting a subscription service to offer shows directly to consumers.

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Ebola cases drop to lowest level since June

The number of new Ebola cases reported in the three worst-hit countries fell to its lowest level since late June, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone had a combined total of 99 new cases for the week ending J...

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Scene footage of maternity explosion in Mexico

A natural gas explosion ignited a maternity hospital on the outskirts of Mexico City…

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Opening statements to begin in Hernandez trial

A jury will hear opening statements in the murder trial of former New England…

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Brady won't talk about footballs; Lynch won't talk

New England quarterback Tom Brady is done talking about deflated footballs. Seattle…

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Dismembered body found in San Francisco suitcase

The report of a suspicious package led to a gruesome discovery in San Francisco…

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Chaos erupts at St. Louis meeting on police oversight

Citizens and police in St. Louis got into a shoving match during a city council…

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Report: WH drone operator was drinking

There are new allegations against the operator of a drone that crashed on the White…

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Snow and sub-freezing temperatures are no reason to hibernate. Adopt a new winter…

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Holiday food calculator

The holidays are a time to indulge at the dinner table. But how many calories will…

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The origins of holiday traditions

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of putting up a tree for Christmas came…

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The history of gas prices

As gas prices continue to drop, take a look back at what we have paid for a gallon…

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Guide to holiday etiquette

'Tis the season for family, friends, gifts, holiday parties -- and all the rules of…

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How well do you know your Christmas carols?

How well do you know your Christmas carols? Test your knowledge here!

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Astronomy first: 'Super Saturn' rings

In 1610, after he built his telescope, Galileo Galilei first spotted enormous…

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'Mr. Incredible' convicted on assault charges

A man who dresses as Mr. Incredible on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been…

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Comcast changes customer name to profanity

A Washington state man discovered his name changed to "A**hole" on his monthly…

Entertainment Headlines

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Sly Stone wins $5 million jury verdict

If you want him to stay, you're going to have to pay Sly Stone.

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Justin Bieber: 'I'm not who I was pretending to be'

Justin Bieber posted a heartfelt video on social media entitled "Here we go" on…

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Taylor Swift trademarks 'This sick beat'

If you were planning on using a Taylor Swift-penned phrase on, say, a locket or a…

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Oil pipeline ruptures, spill 50k gallons

A Montana pipeline burst sent as much as 50,400 gallons of oil gushing into the…

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Obama's Alaska move triggers fight

The Obama administration is moving to block oil and gas production along a major…

Keystone pipeline protest

State Department sets Feb. 2 Keystone XL deadline

With the Senate expected to vote soon on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline,…

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How Ink Global is building an inflight empire

The front pocket of an airline seat may seem an unlikely place to find a winning…

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Airlines get more than 50 threats since Jan. 17

There has been a spike in online threats made against airlines since Jan. 17, when a…

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World's busiest international airport is ...

For the first time ever, Dubai International Airport has overtaken London's…

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