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Putin: US sanctions hurt bilateral ties, US firms

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.

Military’s tobacco discount: Up in smoke

WASHINGTON (AP) — The familiar image of a battle-hardened member of the military smoking a cigarette may become a little less common.

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House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won't approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday. "It's too much money. We don't need it," Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., told reporters.

Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is officially asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.

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Downside of low US mortgage rates? Less selling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.

US given heads up about newspaper data destruction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper's hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents show.

Survey: Campus sexual assaults not invetigated in two of five colleges

WASHINGTON — A survey of colleges and universities finds a lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults, and that many schools have gone years without investigating such cases.

Police: Prostitute left Google exec to die on boat

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — As a Google executive lay dying on his yacht, an upscale prostitute casually walks over him, picks up her clothes and heroin and swallows the last of a glass of wine before lowering the boat's blinds and walking back on the dock to shore, police say surveillance footage shows.

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Benghazi: Two days, two distinct attacks on Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Well-trained attackers executed the deadly dawn assault on a CIA complex in Benghazi, Libya, suggesting different perpetrators from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the previous night, according to newly revealed testimony from top military commanders.

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McConnell criticizes Obama border money request

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blamed Obama administration policies Thursday for the sudden arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors at the southern border and said the president's emergency spending request amounted to more of the same.

Corporate ‘people’ gain

WASHINGTON — There may be more to that “we the people” notion than you thought. These are boom times for the concept of “corporate personhood.” Corporations are people?

Rare donkey born in Mass.

STERLING, Mass. (AP) — A rare Poitou (PWAH’-too) donkey has been born in Massachusetts.

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High court poised to decide birth control dispute

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice.

Investigators eye aircraft controls in accident

WASHINGTON — Increasingly complex automated aircraft controls designed to improve safety are instead creating new opportunities for error, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday at a hearing on the crash last year of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco.

Experts reveal police hacking methods

LONDON — Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the cybercriminal handbook, using targets’ own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with the world’s most malicious hackers, two computer security groups said Tuesday.

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