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New plane tracking to be tested after Malaysia jet mystery

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.

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Sunday 03/01/2015
Pope prays with thousands for kidnap victims in Syria, Iraq
Posted: March 01, 2015

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in prayer in St. Peter's Square for Christians and others who have been kidnapped or are victims of other "intolerable brutality" in Syria and Iraq.

First Iran flight arrives in rebel-held Yemeni capital
Posted: March 01, 2015

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The first direct flight from Iran to the rebel-held Yemeni capital has arrived, as the country's Shiite rebels formalize ties with the regional Shiite powerhouse.

Fenninger leads after 1st leg of Alpine combined World Cup
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 7:30 am

BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — Anna Fenninger of Austria leads after the opening stage of the women's Alpine combined World Cup race in fog-hit Bansko on Sunday.

Migrants flock to EU door along Serbia's border with Hungary
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 6:15 am

ALONG THE SERBIA-HUNGARY BORDER (AP) — Exhausted, hungry and cold, they have been walking for miles. What little they have is carried in plastic bags. They camp in abandoned homes, followed by stray dogs hoping to snag a morsel.

Estonians vote in parliamentary election amid security fears
Posted: March 01, 2015

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonians are voting for a new Parliament in an election dominated by economic issues and security concerns due to Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Egypt court declares part of election law unconstitutional
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 6:01 am

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday ruled as unconstitutional a clause in the election law that draws voting districts, a verdict that is almost certain to delay parliamentary elections scheduled to start later this month.

Small SUVs, pricey sports cars dominate at Geneva auto show
Posted: March 01, 2015

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things this year at the Geneva International Motor Show this year. Environmentally correct electrics and hybrids, not so much — thanks to cheaper gas and limits on battery life.

What's on deck today at spring training
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 5:00 am

What to watch for today at spring training:

Sunday 03/01/2015
Israel's Netanyahu heads to Washington for Congress speech
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 6:30 am

BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel (AP) — Israel's prime minister says he is delivering a contentious speech to the U.S. Congress out of a "deep and genuine concern" for Israel's security.

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UN: Iraq violence kills at least 1,100 in February
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 4:15 am

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. mission to Iraq said Sunday that violence claimed the lives of at least 1,100 Iraqis in February, including more than 600 civilians.

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Ukraine's new US-born finance chief enduring baptism by fire
Posted: March 01, 2015

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — War-torn Ukraine is a long way from Wood Dale, Illinois.

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Collinsworth leads BYU over No. 3 Gonzaga 73-70
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 2:30 am

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Kyle Collinsworth believes BYU is peaking at the right time.

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Ronda Rousey needs 14 seconds to stop Cat Zingano at UFC 184
Posted: March 01, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ronda Rousey has stopped every opponent she has faced in her meteoric mixed martial arts career, so a first-round victory is no shock for the UFC's bantamweight champion.

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AP Interview: Greece's repayments to ECB need discussion
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 4:00 am

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said.

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Saturday 02/28/2015
Better plane tracking trialed after Malaysia plane mystery
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 12:00 am

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.

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China's manufacturing measure shows contraction for February
Posted: February 28, 2015

BEIJING (AP) — An index that measures China's manufacturing activity went up slightly in February but still shows contraction amid China's economy slowdown.

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Venezuela to shrink US Embassy staff, require tourist visas
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 11:45 pm

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela will shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas if they want to come bask on the beach.

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Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators say
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 5:45 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin's image and drive him from power.

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YWCA sale offers deals on prom dresses
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 10:11 pm

The sale, organized by the YWCA Junior Board of Directors, benefits the organization’s youth development programs such as TechGyrls.

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Mountain Empire Skywarn Team uses ham radios to keep the region up-to-date when severe weather breaks
Posted: February 28, 2015

When the forecast is bad, you can count on a network of amateur radio operators and storm spotters to keep a weather eye on the horizon.

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Snowstorms wreak havoc on local court system
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 10:07 pm

The snow even let to the postponement of a first-degree murder trial in Dickenson County, Virginia.

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Christie to Calif. Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 10:15 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told California Republicans on Saturday that the party should not rush to choose a 2016 presidential nominee because of pressure from pollsters, pundits and GOP donors.

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James "Bo" Phillips seeks Republican Party nomination for Russell County Sheriff
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 9:52 pm

LEBANON, Va.--James "Bo" Phillips announced Saturday he is seeking the Republican party nomination for Russell County Sheriff.

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Wise still recovering after winter storms
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 10:18 pm

WISE Va. — One week after Wise County declared a local state of emergency, the community continues to recover from powerful winter storms that collapsed roofs and stranded some residents.

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O'Malley points to financial regulation as a campaign issue
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 9:30 pm

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering entering the Democratic presidential race, said Saturday that financial regulation needs to be at the forefront of the 2016 campaign and suggested big banks need to be broken up if they might harm the nation.

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Venezuela officials detain, free 4 North Dakota missionaries
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 9:03 pm

Four North Dakota missionaries were released by Venezuelan authorities Saturday after being detained and questioned for several days, a pastor at their church said.

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Jindal: GOP leaders in Congress fear repealing health law
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 8:45 pm

PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling congressional Republican leaders "fearful" of acting to fully repeal President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Anthony Mason, rugged forward of 1990s Knicks, dies at 48
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 9:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Mason's game was grit over glitz, more force than flash.

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Brazil arrests US sect leader wanted on sex charges
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 8:03 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities said Saturday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a "Maidens Group" at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota.

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Heat say Bosh has been released from hospital
Posted: February 28, 2015

MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh's first step toward recovery is complete. He's home.

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Mexico drug lord captures change but don't lower trafficking
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 7:45 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — It's another big score for the Mexican government, which has been tearing through its list of most-wanted drug lords in recent years.

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No. 1 Kentucky beats No. 18 Arkansas 84-67 to clinch SEC
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 9:03 pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Andrew Harrison and Trey Lyles each scored 18 points, and top-ranked Kentucky rolled past No. 18 Arkansas 84-67 Saturday to clinch the Southeastern Conference regular-season title.

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Cavaliers' Irving to miss second game with shoulder injury
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 8:45 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game with a strained left shoulder.

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Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 6:30 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Residents of a small southern Missouri town struggled to come to grips with the knowledge that one of their own had killed seven people in a spasm of violence that ended when the gunman shot himself to death on a rural county road.

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Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 6:30 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities.

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Femininity gets a rethink during Milan Fashion Week
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 5:30 pm

MILAN (AP) — Femininity is getting a rethink in Milan.

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Annual report offers new clues about Buffett's successor
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 5:45 pm

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett is proud of what he's built as Berkshire Hathaway's CEO over the past 50 years, but he's also willing to admit making a few costly mistakes along the way.

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Jeff Gordon takes a final spin at track that meant so much
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 6:45 pm

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Jeff Gordon admired his latest retirement gift — a miniature race car for his two young children — and thanked the folks at Atlanta Motor Speedway for not going with the obvious choice.

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AP PHOTOS: Antarctica's spectacular glaciers melting faster
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 4:45 pm

CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth.

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Players' union head: future spring games in Cuba possible
Posted: February 28, 2015

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cuba could be a spring training destination once more.

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White Sox ace Sale breaks bone in foot, out at least 3 weeks
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 4:30 pm

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale is out for at least three weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot in what the team described as an accident at home.

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Dress that 'greatly resembles' stolen Nyong'o gown found
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 4:15 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room earlier this week turned up Friday under a bathroom sink in the same hotel, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's official said.

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Stolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 5:45 pm

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — The No. 44 race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot.

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Harrington takes 36-hole lead, then more rain in Florida
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 5:15 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Padraig Harrington has the lead going into Sunday at the Honda Classic. Thanks to rain that washed out the third round, it will still feel like Saturday.

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AP Interview: Greece's repayments to ECB need discussion
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 12:30 am

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said Saturday.

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Building collapses on Main Street in Haysi
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 8:33 pm

No one was injured when building fell on a vehicle Saturday.

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GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 3:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

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Police in German city warn of potential extremist threat
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 3:00 pm

BERLIN (AP) — Police in the German city of Bremen warned Saturday of a potential danger from Islamic extremists there and stepped up security measures.

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New Hampshire lake is Lower 48's only ice runway
Posted: February 28, 2015

ALTON, N.H. (AP) — Winter on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee means ice fishing, hockey tournaments and, if the ice is strong enough, airplanes.

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Democratic office holders in Russell Co., Va., annouce intention to seek re-election
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 9:53 pm

LEBANON, Va.—The four Democratic constitutional officers currently representing Russell County, Virginia, announced on Saturday their intention to seek re-election in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Attacks kill 37 people in and north of Iraq's capital
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 2:30 pm

BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks targeting public places and Shiite militia checkpoints in and north of Iraq's capital killed 37 people Saturday, authorities said.

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Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 2:15 pm

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece won't seek a third bailout deal, the prime minister said Saturday, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments.

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Lesotho votes in bid to overcome tension
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 2:02 pm

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year.

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Berkshire Hathaway's 4Q profit declines 17 percent
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 2:02 pm

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Saturday that its fourth quarter profit slid 17 percent because of declines in the paper value of its investments and derivative contracts.

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From Iraq to New York, a busy week for Islamic State group
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 3:45 pm

BEIRUT (AP) — Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth as far afield as Paris, London and New York.

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Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 1:30 pm

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court declared Hamas a "terrorist organization" on Saturday, further isolating the blockaded rulers of the Gaza Strip once openly welcomed by the country's toppled Islamist-dominated government.

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Crop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population
Posted: February 28, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A butterfly being considered for federal protection is emblematic of the plight that pollinating insects face in part because farmers, enticed by ethanol mandates, are growing more herbicide-resistant crops, which has stripped millions of acres of crucial plant habitat.

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Morocco reports six-fold spike in foreign filming
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 1:30 pm

TANGIERS, Morocco (AP) — The head of Morocco's film commission says 2014 was a record year for foreign companies filming in the country with a six-fold increase from last year.

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Online poll

Are you next? Will you be buying a drone anytime soon? And what will you use if for?

Bristol, Tenn., has one; some sheriff's offices in Southwestern Virginia's mountainous regions have them. And there are the Boy Scouts, who held are drone flying competition Saturday in Wise County.

Total Votes: 74

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