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Feds: 3 accused in Islamic State plot vocal about beliefs

By DEEPTI HAJELA (NEW YORK, AP) — Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their…

Ex-Marine convicted in ‘Sniper’ trial faces life in prison

By JAMIE STENGLE (STEPHENVILLE, Texas, AP) — A Texas jury has rejected the insanity defense of a former Marine in the deaths of famed “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and…

Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana

By MOLLY DISCHNER (JUNEAU, Alaska, AP) — Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but organizers don’t expect any public celebrations since…

Senator: Next round of US-Cuba talks next week

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN (HAVANA, AP) — A new round of negotiations to restore full diplomatic ties with Cuba will take place next week in Washington, according to a delegation of…

Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

By JUAN A. LOZANO (HOUSTON, AP) — The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and…

Mardi Gras in New Orleans: A day of parades, partying

By STACEY PLAISANCE and JANET McCONNAUGHEY (NEW ORLEANS, AP) — Revelers in glitzy costumes filled the streets of New Orleans on Tuesday for the annual Mardi Gras bash, opening a day…

In close vote, Utah House OKs firing-squad proposal

By MICHELLE L. PRICE (SALT LAKE CITY, AP) — A hotly contested proposal that resurrects Utah’s use of firing squads to carry out executions narrowly passed a key vote Friday…

As sign-up deadline nears, a new risk for Obama health law

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR (WASHINGTON, AP) — Thousands of people signing up for health insurance this weekend may not realize it, but their coverage under President Barack Obama’s law could be…

‘Birdman’ bests ‘Boyhood’ again on the road to the Oscars

By LINDSEY BAHR (LOS ANGELES, AP) — The long takes of Alejandro Inarritu’s “Birdman” won out over the long production of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” at the Directors Guild Awards Saturday.…

Man who lived modestly leaves millions in surprise donations

(BRATTLEBORO, Vt., AP) — A Vermont man who sometimes held his coat together with safety pins and had a long-time habit of foraging for firewood also had a hidden talent…

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