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Boko Haram Suspected In New Round Of Killing And Kidnapping

By Scott Neuman on December 18th, 2014 | Last updated: December 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The latest killing and kidnapping occurred just 20 miles from where the Islamist extremist group kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April.

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Pakistani Court Grants Bail To Suspect In Mumbai Attack

By Krishnadev Calamur on December 18th, 2014 | Last updated: December 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi is one of seven men charged with planning and helping to carry out the 2008 attack that killed more than 160 people. Federal prosecutors had opposed the bail plea.

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India Tests Crew Capsule, New Heavy-Lift Rocket

By Scott Neuman on December 18th, 2014 | Last updated: December 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

An improved version of India’s largest space-launch vehicle carried an unmanned crew capsule that was recovered after splashdown in the Andaman Sea.

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Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

By Colin Dwyer on December 18th, 2014 | Last updated: December 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a “retail-standard environment” akin to coffee shops.

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2014 Saw Fewest Executions In 20 Years, Report Finds

By Eyder Peralta on December 18th, 2014 | Last updated: December 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

The Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment, says executions dropped in part because some states had issues with their lethal injections.

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Putin: Sanctions, Falling Oil Prices Causing Ruble’s Tumble

By Scott Neuman on December 18th, 2014 | Last updated: December 18, 2014 at 11:39 am

In a year-end news conference, the Russian President said the worst-case scenario for his country’s economy would involve two more years of unease.

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New Era For Cuba? Voices From Miami And Havana

By Eyder Peralta on December 18th, 2014 | Last updated: December 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

In Miami, home of the largest Cuban diaspora, two generations faced off on the streets. In Havana, demonstrators spoke of hope.

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Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Driver’s Licenses For ‘Dreamers’

By Lauren Hodges on December 18th, 2014 | Last updated: December 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

Arizona’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed to prevent the state from having to issue driving permits to undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.

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S.C. Judge Says 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong

By Bill Chappell on December 17th, 2014 | Last updated: December 18, 2014 at 10:39 am

In her ruling, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote that she found that “fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process exist in the 1944 prosecution of George Stinney, Jr.”

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U.S. Officials Believe North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

By Bill Chappell on December 17th, 2014 | Last updated: December 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm

The recent attack on Sony Pictures’ computer network that resulted in a flood of confidential data has its origins in North Korea, U.S. intelligence officials say.

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