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Asteroid buzzes, misses Earth -- unlike meteor

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Updated: 02/15/2013 - A 150-foot cosmic rock hurtled safely past Earth on Friday. It was the closest known flyby for a rock of its size, passing within 17,000 miles. That's closer than some satellites.

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UPDATE: Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he's too infirm

Pope Benedict XVI

Updated: 02/11/2013 - Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, the archbishop of Paris, called the decision a "liberating act for the future," saying popes from now on will no longer feel compelled to stay on until their death.

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AP source: Lawmakers to get classified drone info

Posted: 02/06/2013 - The unclassified memo says it is legal for the government to kill U.S. citizens abroad if it believes they are senior al-Qaida leaders continually engaged in operations aimed at killing Americans.

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UPDATE: Suicide bombing at US Embassy in Turkey kills 2

Two were killed in an attack at the U.S. embassy in Turkey. (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 02/01/2013 - Turkey's prime minister says an outlawed Marxist group is responsible for a suicide bombing in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, which killed the bomber and a Turkish security guard.

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US confirms Americans taken after Algeria attack

Posted: 01/16/2013 - The Obama administration is condemning an Islamist attack on a natural gas field in southern Algeria and confirming that Americans are among those being held hostage.

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Algeria kidnapping hostages escape

Updated: 01/17/2013 - An Algerian security official says at least 20 foreigners have escaped from the natural gas plant deep in the Sahara desert where Islamist militants are holding dozens of hostages.

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Putin signs anti-US adoptions bill

Vladimir Putin

Updated: 12/28/2012 - The bill is part of the country's increasingly confrontational stance with the West and has angered some Russians who argue it victimizes children to make a political point.

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State Dept. security chief resigns after Benghazi


Updated: 12/19/2012 - An administration official says the chief of the State Department's security service, one of his deputies and an official from the agency's Middle East bureau have resigned after a damning report that found systematic management failures responsible for a lack of security.

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State Dept. starts Benghazi attack recommendations


Posted: 12/18/2012 - The State Department has begun to implement recommendations to improve security at U.S. diplomatic missions called for by an independent panel set up to investigate the Sept. 11 attack in Libya.

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Strong earthquake strikes off northeastern Japan

A strong earthquake hit northeastern Japan on Friday. (WRDW-TV)

Updated: 12/07/2012 - The Japan Meteorological Agency says the earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. (0818 GMT) Friday.

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Palace says Duchess of Cambridge expecting a baby

Updated: 12/03/2012 - As the first born to William -- who is second in line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles -- the couple's first child stands an excellent chance of one day becoming monarch.

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Palestinians celebrate UN statehood vote

Palestine statehood

Updated: 11/29/2012 - In the central celebration in the West Bank city of Ramallah, hundreds crowding into the main square waved Palestinian flags and chanted "God is great" after the U.N. General Assembly vote.

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UPDATE: Rocket fire continues after cease-fire

Gaza conflict

Updated: 11/21/2012 - There's been continued rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, even after a cease-fire took effect. An Israeli police spokesman says at least 12 rockets were fired into Israel an hour into the truce.

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Israel intensifies attacks, despite truce talk

Updated: 11/20/2012 - Israel is intensifying its attacks on the Gaza Strip in what may be a last burst of fire ahead of a cease-fire ending its weeklong offensive in the Palestinian territory.

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US condemns Hamas, voices support for Israel

Posted: 11/14/2012 - In a statement, State Department spokesman Mark Toner denounces Hamas militants and others in Gaza for a barrage of rocket fire into southern Israel.

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Calif. man behind anti-Muslim film gets prison

Posted: 11/07/2012 - None of the violations had to do with the content of "Innocence of Muslims," a film that depicts Mohammad as a religious fraud, pedophile and a womanizer.

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Iraq war contractor ordered to pay $85 million


Posted: 11/02/2012 - A jury has ordered an American military contractor to pay $85 million after finding it guilty of negligence for illnesses suffered by a dozen Oregon soldiers who guarded an oilfield water plant during the Iraq war.

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Magnitude-7.7 quake strikes off western Canada


Posted: 10/29/2012 - A magnitude-7.7 earthquake has struck off the coast of western Canada and a tsunami warning has been issued. There are no immediate reports of damage.

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Sandy becomes hurricane on way to Jamaica


Posted: 10/24/2012 - Hurricane Sandy pounded Jamaica with heavy rain and a powerful storm surge as it headed for landfall Wednesday near the country's most populous city.

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US may soon become world's top oil producer

Posted: 10/23/2012 - The boom in production is being driven by high oil prices and new drilling methods that are allowing energy companies to unlock oil trapped between rocks.

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Austrians proud of skydiver 'Fearless Felix'

Updated: 10/15/2012 - Daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner yesterday became the first man to shatter the sound barrier without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft, when he jumped from a balloon floating in the stratosphere above the New Mexico desert.

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