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Malaysia defends search for missing jet

Chinese relatives of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane wait for the latest news inside a hotel room set aside for relatives or friends of passengers aboard the missing airplane in Beijing, China Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The missing Malaysian jetliner may have...

Official: Obama to push for more overtime pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers. The directive is meant to help salaried workers, such as fast-food shift supervisors or convenience store...

Leno, Murdoch among TV Hall of Fame inductees

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Bill Maher took advantage of pal Jay Leno’s Television Academy Hall of Fame induction to offer a spirited attack on what Maher called undeserved “bad publicity” for the former “Tonight Show” host. Introducing Leno...
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Rohingya dying from lack of health care in Myanmar

In this Jan. 17, 2014 photo, Raduan, left, helps her ailing mother Noor Jahan to steady her weak body at their living room in The’ Chaung village in north of Sittwe, Rakhine state, Myanmar. As part of one of the community’s richest families, she should be in a...
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Syria’s Assad makes rare visit to frontline area

In this photo released on the official Facebook page of Syrian Presidency, Syrian president Bashar Assad, center left, visits a shelter of internally displaced people in the Damascus suburb of Adra, Syria, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Syria’s state TV reported that President...

Energy XXI buying EPL Oil & Gas for about $1.53B

HOUSTON (AP) — Energy XXI is buying EPL Oil & Gas Inc. for about $1.53 billion in a deal that the companies say will create the biggest publicly-owned independent oil producer on the Gulf of Mexico shelf. The transaction is a cash-and-stock deal. EPL stockholders can...

Oil drops below $99 on China slowdown jitters

The price of oil dropped below $99 a barrel Wednesday as the possibility of a deeper economic slowdown in China fed expectations of weaker demand. Benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery was down $1.34 to $98.70 at 1030 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile...
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Israel passes law meant to draft ultra-Orthodox

Rabbis speaks to one another as they joined other Orthodox Jews in New York, Sunday, March 9, 2014, on Water Street in lower Manhattan, to pray and protest against the Israeli government’s proposal to pass a law that would draft strictly religious citizens into its army....
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China worries stalk markets

A man stops and looks at Japan’s Nikkei stock update on an electric board at a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Asian stock markets sank Wednesday as recent falls in Chinese copper and iron prices added to jitters that the world’s No. 2 economy is...

Federal jury soon to get NYC kidnap-rape plot case

NEW YORK (AP) — No one disputes that a retired high school librarian and an auto mechanic bonded over discussions of ghastly fetishes: abducting, raping and killing women and girls. Jury deliberations were expected to start as soon as Wednesday in the Manhattan federal...