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Surprise Invitation Lands Syrian Peace Talks In Hot Water

Mon, 2014-01-20 13:00

The long-anticipated Syrian peace conference is again in turmoil. The U.N. secretary-general's surprise decision to invite Iran to attend the conference prompted a boycott threat from Syria's exiled opposition. At issue is the fact that Iran has not publicly committed to the framework for the conference or pledged to withdraw its troops and allied militias from Syria. Under pressure from the opposition groups and the U.S., the U.N. has since withdrawn its invitation to Iran.

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Punctured Tires In Kabul Are The Work Of Police, Not Punks

Mon, 2014-01-20 13:00

Car theft is less a crime than a security threat in Kabul: It's feared that militants could use stolen vehicles as car bombs. So the police have started puncturing the tires of cars parked on the street after dark, a policy that's raising ire among those whose cars that have been "protected" this way.

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Oxfam: World's Richest 1 Percent Control Half Of Global Wealth

Mon, 2014-01-20 12:04

The relief organization says the wealthiest 85 people own the same proportion as the planet's poorest 3.5 billion people. And Oxfam says it fears that growing income inequality will lead to social unrest.

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A Promise Unfulfilled: 1962 MLK Speech Recording Is Discovered

Mon, 2014-01-20 11:39

Last fall, curators and interns at the New York State Museum were digging through their audio archives in an effort to digitize their collection. They unearthed a treasure: a reel-to-reel tape of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech commemorating the centennial of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

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Rosetta Space Probe Gets Interplanetary Wake-Up Call

Mon, 2014-01-20 11:20

The European comet-chaser has been in hibernation for nearly three years in an effort to conserve power. It is due for an August rendezvous with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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N.J. Lt. Gov. Denies Strong-Arming Mayor Over Sandy Relief Funds

Mon, 2014-01-20 09:54

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno calls the accusation by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer "false" and "illogical." The latest flap comes as Gov. Chris Christie's administration is embroiled in a scandal over the politically motivated closure of bridge lanes.

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U.S., EU Lift Some Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Uranium

Mon, 2014-01-20 08:11

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency report that Tehran has halted the highest level of uranium enrichment, a key part of the sanctions deal reached earlier this month.

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Syrian Opposition Threatens To Sit Out Peace Talks

Mon, 2014-01-20 07:07

The main group opposing the Assad regime has issued an ultimatum demanding that a U.N. invitation to Iran to participate in the discussions be revoked.

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American Held In North Korea Asks U.S. To Secure His Release

Mon, 2014-01-20 06:12

The 45-year-old missionary who was convicted and sentenced on charges of subversion appeared before a select group of journalists from Western agencies to make his plea.

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How Food Hubs Are Helping New Farmers Break Into Local Food

Mon, 2014-01-20 05:01

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the infrastructure for local food is lacking but growing fast. "Food hubs respond to that call," one official says.

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Low Hopes, High Stakes For Syria Peace Conference In Geneva

Mon, 2014-01-20 04:31

The conference, set for Wednesday, will bring together a delegation representing President Bashar Assad and the Western-backed, exiled political opposition. A lot of diplomatic capital has been spent to make this happen, but it's unclear whether there will be a meaningful outcome.

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Jailed American Appears Before Reporters In North Korea

Mon, 2014-01-20 02:11

Kenneth Bae, an American missionary who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year, appeared before reporters Monday. He appealed to the U.S. government to do its best to secure his release.

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Iran Starts Implementing Nuclear Deal

Mon, 2014-01-20 02:08

Iran halted its most sensitive uranium enrichment work on Monday as part of a landmark deal struck with world powers. That's easing concerns over the country's nuclear program and clearing the way for a partial lifting of sanctions, Tehran and the U.N. said.

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Can Probiotics Help Soothe Colicky Babies?

Mon, 2014-01-20 00:39

As many as 15 percent of babies have colic, which can cause bouts of inconsolable crying. Researchers are testing probiotics to see if these good bacteria can help. But they don't know how the supplements work, or how they may affect children's health long term.

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In Michigan, Businessmen And Politicians Agree On Medicaid

Mon, 2014-01-20 00:38

Michigan is one of only a handful of Republican-led states that is expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. It did it by forging a plan that worked for Republicans, Democrats and business interests, as well as doctors and hospitals.

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Wielding A Pen And A Phone, Obama Goes It Alone

Mon, 2014-01-20 00:36

President Obama has a couple tools at his disposal that let him bypass congressional approval — and he's using them to advance his economic agenda. The administration says the president is still willing to work with Congress, but some on Capitol Hill are taking issue with the executive tactic.

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U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team

Mon, 2014-01-20 00:29

Three-time Olympic skier Kris Freeman has had a successful career filled with challenges; first and foremost managing diabetes while becoming an elite competitor in a physically taxing sport. But this past year, Freeman encountered another obstacle when his relationship with the national ski team abruptly ended.

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In These Gyms, Nobody Cares How You Look In Yoga Pants

Mon, 2014-01-20 00:29

Going to the gym can be intimidating, especially for people who are obese and worry that people will judge them by their appearance. But more companies are catering to plus-sized exercisers with fitness centers that are just for them.

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Police, Banks Help Undocumented Workers Shake 'Walking ATM' Label

Mon, 2014-01-20 00:27

Attacks on undocumented day workers have frustrated police agencies for years. Workers carry wads of cash and rarely report the crimes. In a controversial move, some banks have been stepping in to help some of the workers open bank accounts to make them less of a target.

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Sharapova Out In Another Early Upset In Australia

Sun, 2014-01-19 22:19

Third-seeded Maria Sharapova lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Dominika Cibulkova, struggling with her serve in the second and third sets and making 45 unforced errors as she tried to claw her way back.

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