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Twitter takes stake in music service it passed on last year

San Francisco - San Francisco-based micro-blogging giant Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it had taken a major stake in music streaming service SoundCloud Ltd.

U.S. airlines expected to begin regular flights to Cuba this year

Havana - Six U.S. airlines have been authorized to begin commercial service to Havana starting later this year for the first time since the 1960s, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday.

Gordie Howe, the sport's beloved 'Mr. Hockey,' dies at 88

Detroit - Detroit's Gordie Howe, a young Saskatchewan farmer who left rural Canada to become one of the best ice hockey players of all time, died Friday at the home of one of his sons in the United States. He was 88.

Explosions rock U.S. military base near South Korea's capital

Waegwan - No casualties have been reported so far after a series of oxygen tank explosions blew apart buildings at a U.S. military base in South Korea.

U.S. dispute with Beijing over South China Sea islands heats up

Beijing - Tensions between the United States and China worsened last week after the U.S. Navy sent a warship past disputed islands in the South China Sea.

U.S. actress pays $1,000 fine for carving names into Arizona rock

Sedona - Like the song says, love hurts. What the song does not say — but what actress Vanessa Hudgens found out last month — is that love can hurt in more ways than one.

Aeropostale files for bankruptcy protection, closes Canada stores

New York - After three consecutive years of losses, teen clothing retailer Aeropostale Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday and pledged to reorganize.

Japan's baby crisis may be raising U.S. house prices

The ways in which money flows around the world can be strange and fascinating. For instance, the lack of new infants being born in Japan, its "baby crisis," may be driving up real-estate prices in the US.

Competition to buy Internet giant Yahoo starting to heat up

London - Talks are underway in London between potential bidders for venerable Internet giant Yahoo, led by England's Daily Mail newspaper and websites.

Top U.S. diplomat arrives in Japan for talks with G-7 nations

Tokyo - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Japan today for meetings with G-7 nations in the highest-level U.S. visit to the site of the world's first nuclear bombing.

Rolling Stones thrill Cuba with free two-hour Havana concert

Havana - Rock-and-roll icons the Rolling Stones rocked Havana, Cuba, on Friday with a free concert in the city's Sports City complex.

Obama arrives in Havana for historic visit with former enemy

Havana - U.S. President Barack Obama and his family landed in Havana on Sunday for an historic visit that highlights newly warming relations between Cuba and the United States, two longtime Cold War adversaries.

Supreme Court justice asks questions for first time in 10 years

Washington - Spectators gasped Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a gun ownership case and Justice Clarence Thomas asked questions aloud for the first time in 10 years.

U.S. expected to raise South China Sea issues in talks with China

Beijing - U.S. diplomats are expected to voice concerns about a suspected military expansion in the South China Sea at high-level talks this week in Washington, D.C.

U.S. and Cuba nearing deal to resume commercial flights

Havana - Commercial airline flights between the United States and Cuba could begin later this year if a new agreement between the former Cold War enemies is signed this week, U.S. officials said Friday.

U.S. residents wake up to the white stuff on East Coast

New York City - Millions of northeastern U.S. residents woke up to a carpet of white snow Saturday as the largest storm in years crashed the East Coast, leaving tall drifts, blocked roads and power outages in its wake.

Three Americans imprisoned by Iran arrive in Geneva, 4th stays

Vienna - Three of four Americans freed by Iran in a prisoner exchange arrived Sunday in Switzerland, a senior U.S. diplomat has announced.

Democrat and Republican affiliation falls to record low

The number of ordinary Americans identifying as Democrats and Republicans has fallen to record lows. Four in ten Americans now identify as independents.

U.S. considers stronger reaction to Iran missile test

Washington - U.S. policymakers are trying to figure out how to penalize Iran for violating its commitments on missiles while preventing the international nuclear oversight deal from disintegrating.

Europe’s biomass boom is destroying America's forests

European Union’s stringent renewable energy requirements are forcing coal-based power plants to use biomass fuel. Swaths of woodlands in Southeastern United States are being cut down to fuel the biomass boom across the Atlantic.

SpaceX gets new NASA contract to supply space station

Hawthorne - NASA agreed Friday that a private California aerospace company could continue to build an experimental launch vehicle expected eventually to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Baltimore sees massive surge in murders in 2015

Baltimore - In a stunning crime wave, Baltimore tops 300 murders in 2015 with a month still left in the year. These high number of killings have not been seen in the city since 1999.

More than 200 earthquakes shake up east S.F. Bay Area

San Ramon - The earthquake swarm that has rocked the eastern San Francisco Bay Area since Saturday continued Monday, with at least 25 temblors reported by the afternoon.

Toronto Zoo welcomes Canada's first giant panda cubs

Toronto - At the Toronto Zoo, giants sometimes come in small packages. The zoo is celebrating the birth of two such packages — tiny twin cubs born early Tuesday to Er Shun, one of two giant pandas on loan from China.

Caring when convenient? A conservation controversy

It takes more than declining population numbers to “threaten” a species. After a lengthy debate U.S. federal authorities determined not to change the status of the greater sage grouse to threatened or endangered.

Op-Ed: If it's not Bernie, choose the worst

The common cliché taken as general wisdom for voters heading to ballot boxes is to “choose the lesser of evils.” But the 2016 race for the Oval Office is a unique beast that brings the supposed axiom to its knees.

White House officials still plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Washington - Existing prison facilities at Leavenworth, Kan., and Charleston, S.C., are possible locations for where overseas terror suspects may be imprisoned at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when that prison closes sometime next year.

Blame those hazy skies, spectacular sunsets on wildland fires

Monterey - Got haze? San Francisco Bay Area residents are in for another two days of smoky air as rising temperatures combined with wind-blown manifestations of Northern California wildland fires.

Cuba and United States resume full diplomatic relations

Washington - The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations Monday in one of the most-obvious signs of change since Barack Obama was elected president and Fidel Castro left office.

Report: U.S. could lift ban on transgender soldiers in military

Washington - There could be as many as 15,000 transgender men and women in the U.S. military, although the exact number is understandably not known.
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The Survivor Tree. After surviving the bombing, The Survivor Tree elm became an emblem of the Memorial.
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Two Dauphin model helicopters of the Maryland State Police practicing aerial maneuvers. With as many as 12 Dauphin helicopters and two airplanes, the Maryland State Police has one of the largest and advanced air fleets in U.S. law enforcement
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File photo: President Barack Obama disembarks Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, following his trip to Fort Campbell, Ky.
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The Gates of Time at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
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INTRUDER ALERT: U.S. Secret Service officers began searching the White House grounds at dawn Monday after an apparent drone aircraft crashed on the lawn during the middle of the night. No injuries or damage was reported.
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File photo: President Barack Obama in the Oval Office
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Visual documenting injuries and fatalities in the Oklahoma City bombing disaster.
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FBI special agents undergo "Pre-Deployment Training" to prepare them for overseas duty in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. The training takes place in the mountains of Utah and lasts two weeks. The agents that receive this type of training are regular FBI investigative agents and forensic technicians. The agents of the FBI's elite counter-terror force, Hostage Rescue Team, recieve far more specialized training with military special operations teams.
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LICENSE: Today is the first day since the 1990s that undocumented immigrants in California can apply for state driver licenses. Photo shows Dept. of Motor Vehicles headquarters in Sacramento.
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OFFICIAL: Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands last summer after agreeing on an international nuclear deal at the Austria Center in Vienna.
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San Luis, as you can see, it very, very close to the border of Mexico so smuggling incidents like this are common.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) patch and emblem. The eagle on the patch represents the HRT operative while the chain in its talons represent the bondage of fear, anxiety, emotional distress and psychological oppression and paralysis that terrorism causes to society. Note that the chain is severed with one section of it in each of the eagle's talons. At the bottom of the patch reads:"Servare Vitas" which when translated from Latin to English means "To Save Lives
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Graph by the Southern Poverty Law Center charting the rapid rise in white supremacist groups nationally.
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Protesters storm the US embassy in Yemen
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South of Market neighborhood, San Francisco, California, USA
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RUINS: A tourist experiences in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Palmyra, Syria, in 2010.
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George Washington presiding the Philadelphia Convention
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An airman with the 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer test fires a .50-caliber M-82 Barrett Sniper Rifle at Forward Operating Base McHenry, Kirkuk, Iraq, March 26, 2005. The 506th uses the rifle for long-range detonation of improvised explosive devices.
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