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China’s trade growth accelerates in January

BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade growth accelerated in January, possibly helping to ease fears about a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy that could dent global demand. Imports rose 10 percent to $107.2 billion, up from January’s 8.3 percent...
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Neb. city keeps rules aimed at illegal immigration

State Sen. Charlie Jansssen of Fremont, third left, Jeremy Jensen, center, and John Wiegert, second right, celebrate in Fremont, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, after city voters have decided by voting no, to uphold the law designed to bar immigrants from renting homes if the...
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Obamas warm up to Hollande at state dinner

First lady Michelle Obama, left, and President Barack Obama welcome French President François Hollande for a State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) First lady Michelle Obama, left, and President...
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Package explodes, killing Tenn. lawyer at home

An officer and a dog inspect a fence near a home in Lebanon, Tenn., on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, where police said a package exploded, killing a 74-year-old man and injuring a woman. (AP Photo/Lucas L. Johnson II) An officer and a dog inspect a fence near a home in Lebanon, Tenn.,...
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspends death penalty

Gov. Jay Inslee announces Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state during a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee’s moratorium, which will be in place for as long as he is governor, means that if a death penalty case...

NBC’s Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC News says veteran newsman Tom Brokaw has cancer. The network says Brokaw was diagnosed in August with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow. Doctors are optimistic about his treatment. In a statement released by NBC,...
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2 women to stand trial in nightclub killing

Candace Marie Brito, left, and co-defendant Vanesa Zavala sit in court during their preliminary hearing at the West Justice Center in Westminster, Calif. Monday Feb. 10, 2014. Brito and Zavala are facing charges in the beating death of Kim Pham in front of a Santa Ana nightclub....

Duke plans to dredge river as coal ash deal dumped

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy said Tuesday it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river as the state’s environmental agency moved to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its...
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Algeria: Plane crash kills 77 but 1 man survives

AP Photo/Mohamed Ali ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian military transport plane slammed into a mountain Tuesday in the country’s rugged eastern region, killing 77 people and leaving just one survivor, the defense ministry said. Air traffic controllers lost radio and...
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Official: Deal with devil prompted girl’s killing

This booking photo provided by the Houston Police Department shows Jose E. Reyes. Police say evidence of occultism was found in the weekend slaying of a 15-year-old girl. They say evidence of occultism was found on the girl’s body and in the vacant apartment where she was...