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French Police Question 8-Year-Old Over Alleged Support For Paris Gunmen

By Krishnadev Calamur on January 29th, 2015 | Last updated: January 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm

The third-grader allegedly refused to observe a minute of silence in school following the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Police say he also expressed solidarity with the gunmen. He has not been charged.

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Sri Lanka Plans Probe Into Alleged Atrocities During Civil War

By Scott Neuman on January 29th, 2015 | Last updated: January 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm

The country’s new government says it is thinking of a new investigation into reports of extrajudicial killings in the closing chapter of the island nation’s 26-year civil war.

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Jordan Demands Proof Of Life From ISIS Militants

By Eyder Peralta on January 29th, 2015 | Last updated: January 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm

The country wants to know if the Jordanian pilot being held by the Sunni militants is still alive. The Islamic State said it would kill the pilot if a convicted terrorist was not released by sunset.

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U.S. Scientist Jailed For Trying To Help Venezuela Build Bombs

By Scott Neuman on January 29th, 2015 | Last updated: January 29, 2015 at 11:04 am

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni was sentenced to five years in jail after he told FBI agents, who were posing as Venezuelan officials, that he could design and supervise the building of 40 weapons.

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Obama’s Budget Would Undo Broad, Automatic Cuts Made In 2013

By Christopher Dean Hopkins on January 29th, 2015 | Last updated: January 29, 2015 at 10:03 am

The across-the-board spending cuts, known as the sequester, reduced defense and domestic budgets by hundreds of millions each. Republicans are expected to fiercely defend that plan.

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ISIS Hostage Said To Announce New Deadline For Prisoner’s Release

By Bill Chappell on January 28th, 2015 | Last updated: January 28, 2015 at 11:03 pm

A Japanese hostage held by the violent extremist group ISIS has reportedly been forced to record a message setting a Thursday deadline for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner.

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The Next Air Force One Will Be A Boeing 747-8

By Sam Sanders on January 28th, 2015 | Last updated: January 29, 2015 at 12:03 am

The Air Force says the decision came down to the American-made 747-8 or the Airbus A380, which is manufactured in France. But even with that pick, the 747 program might not last much longer.

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Rare Fox Takes A Walk In The Park, And Yosemite Staff Cheer

By Bill Chappell on January 28th, 2015 | Last updated: January 29, 2015 at 9:03 am

It’s been nearly 100 years since a sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox was documented in Yosemite National Park, according to park staff.

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AG Nominee Lynch Says She Differs From Obama On Marijuana

By Bill Chappell on January 28th, 2015 | Last updated: January 29, 2015 at 10:03 am

The moment contrasted with other exchanges between Lynch and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, such as when she defended Obama’s right to take executive action on immigration rules.

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Charles Townes, Laser Pioneer, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

By Geoff Brumfiel on January 28th, 2015 | Last updated: January 29, 2015 at 11:04 am

Physicist Charles Townes died Tuesday. He was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn’t end there.

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