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Friend disputes Denver police account of teen’s death

Protester Bruce Young waves a placard as activists head to a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, with officials from the office of the Denver District Attorney after the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl who allegedly hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle early Monday in a northeast Denver alleyway. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — A teenage passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities' account of her death, saying officers opened fire before one of them was struck by the vehicle.



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Lynch defends Obama’s immigration policies

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch arrives for a meeting with fellow New Yorker, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington. The first Republican-led confirmation hearing of the Obama administration is about to get under way as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general. If approved, Lynch would become the first black female attorney general. She is now the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally.



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Crisis talks to save endangered rhino

Northern White Rhinos, Fatu and Nabiro, pictured at a zoo in Dvur Kralove, Prague, on December 16, 2009Conservationists and scientists met in Kenya this week to come up with a last ditch plan to save the northern white rhinoceros from extinction. There are only five northern whites left on the planet — three live in a 700-acre enclosure on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya, while the other two are kept in zoos in the Czech Republic and the US. "The battle is to work out what is feasible scientifically in the short time still available to us," Richard Vigne, the chief executive of Ol Pejeta — where Tuesday's meeting was held — told AFP. Northern white rhinos have suffered from the loss of their traditional rangelands in Central African Republic, Chad, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, nations that have been hit by decades of chronic conflict, lawlessness and misrule that made conservation impossible.



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Star Lounge – Chicago

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Star Lounge - Chicago

Chicago, IL, 2015

Leica M2
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4 SC
Neopan 400@250, d76, stock, 20C, 6:31 min

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Ethiopia Jibat Pourover – Start Lounge – Chicago

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Chicago, IL, 2015

Leica M2
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4 SC
Neopan 400@250, d76, stock, 20C, 6:31 min

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Coffee and Camera – Star Lounge – Chicago

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Coffee and Camera - Star Lounge - Chicago

Chicago, IL, 2015

Leica M2
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4 SC
Neopan 400@250, d76, stock, 20C, 6:31 min

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Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and crawled back from the dead — literally.
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Boeing fourth-quarter profit surges; sees cash rise in 2015

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoBoeing Co reported a 23 percent increase in core fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday, topping analysts' estimates and sending its shares up 4.3 percent. Boeing forecast a rise in cash flow to $6.2 billion in 2015, at the top end of expectations, from $4.3 billion at the end of the year. Boeing's results showed strong year-end performances across its businesses. In contrast, commercial airplane margins narrowed as Boeing delivered more 787 Dreamliners, which remain costly to produce.



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Obama’s pick for attorney general aims to smooth ties with Congress

Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Loretta Lynch, U.S. President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, on Wednesday sought to strike a conciliatory tone with Republican senators eager to use her confirmation hearing as an opportunity to air grievances about Obama's policies including immigration reform. The approach marked a departure from her predecessor, Eric Holder, an unapologetic liberal voice and one of Obama's closest allies. "I look forward to fostering a new and improved relationship with this Committee, the United States Senate, and the entire United States Congress," Lynch said in opening remarks before a packed hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee that included Lynch's family and members of her Harvard Delta Sigma Theta sorority wearing red jackets.



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Rolling Stone’s archive coming to Google Play for free

NEW YORK (AP) — Selections of Rolling Stone magazine’s near 50-year archive will be available for free on Google Play.
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Facebook launching Trending Super Bowl for the big game

PHOENIX (AP) — As Facebook’s latest step into sports, the social media giant is launching Trending Super Bowl for Sunday’s game between the Patriots and Seahawks.
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Lebanese Hezbollah hits Israeli convoy, killing 2 soldiers

Smoke rises after an explosion in the Lebanese village of Ghajar on the Israeli-Lebanese borderSHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — Missiles fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, killing two soldiers in an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike attributed to Israel that killed six Hezbollah fighters in Syria earlier this month.



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Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

FILE - In this February 1960 file photo, people take part in a civil rights "sit-in" protest at the lunch counter in McCrory's in Rock Hill, S.C. A prosecutor on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, will argue a motion to vacate the convictions of a group known as the Friendship Nine. Eight Friendship Junior College students and a civil rights organizer were convicted of trespassing and breach of peace for staging a similar protest at the same lunch counter in 1961. The men opted for a month’s hard labor rather than allow bail to be posted for them by civil rights groups. (AP Photo/The Herald, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom.



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Biographer of World War I hero Alvin York wins $5,000 prize

NEW YORK (AP) — A biographer of one of World War I’s most famous veterans, Sgt. Alvin York, has won a $5,000 prize.
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Lynch pledges independence if confirmed as attorney general

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch arrives for a meeting with fellow New Yorker, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington. The first Republican-led confirmation hearing of the Obama administration is about to get under way as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general. If approved, Lynch would become the first black female attorney general. She is now the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from Republicans, Loretta Lynch promised a fresh relationship with law enforcement and with Congress on Wednesday at confirmation hearings to become the nation's first female black attorney general.



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Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

FILE -In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service, Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Lon Horwedel)A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday.



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Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

A wounded Israeli soldier lies on a stretcher near Israel's border with LebanonBy Jeffrey Heller and Sylvia Westall JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict between the militant Islamist group and Israel. In the biggest escalation since a 2006 war, the soldiers were killed when Hezbollah fired a missile at a convoy of Israeli military vehicles on the frontier with Lebanon. The peacekeeper, serving with a U.N. monitoring force in southern Lebanon, was killed as Israel responded with air strikes and artillery fire, a U.N. spokesman and Spanish officials said.



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Wild kangaroos in Austria? At least 1, surviving in the snow

VIENNA (AP) — A kangaroo is on the loose in frigid and snowy Austria, hopping his way toward dispelling a famous slogan.
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New Englanders facing snowy ‘big dig’ after blizzard

Taylor Millar, left, hugs her friend Jennifer Bruno, after Bruno was forced to vacate her house when it was heavily damaged by ocean waves in a winter storm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Marshfield, Mass. The storm has punched out a section of the seawall in the coastal town of Marshfield, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out Wednesday, grudgingly praising forecasters who got grief from New Yorkers and others spared its full fury.



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Anthem raises dividend almost 43 pct, tops 4Q forecasts

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, a pedestrian walks past the corporate headquarters of health insurer Anthem, in Indianapolis. Anthem reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem has hiked its quarterly cash payout to shareholders by nearly 43 percent to keep up with its rising stock price after edging past Wall Street forecasts for the recently completed fourth quarter.



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Tony Stewart acquires national sprint car series tour

Stewart-Haas Racing drivers, from left, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Danica Patrick pose for a photo during the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway media tour in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart won't be back in a sprint car, by his own estimation, for "a very, very long time."



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DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows

FILE - In this April 12, 2013 file photo, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Michelle Leonhart testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Leonhart says the agency never installed surveillance cameras to photograph vehicle license plates near gun shows. The idea was proposed in an internal DEA email as part of an effort to investigate gun-trafficking crimes. Leonhart told The Associated Press in a statement Wednesday that the plan was only a suggestion, never authorized by her agency and never put into action. The AP also learned the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives didn’t authorize or approve the license plate surveillance plan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says the agency never installed surveillance cameras to photograph vehicle license plates near gun shows. The idea was proposed in an internal DEA email as part of an effort to investigate gun-trafficking crimes.



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More resignations at top of anti-Islam organization

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2015 file picture Organizers Lutz Bachmann, left, and Kathrin Oertel attend a news conference of the group 'Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West' (PEGIDA) in Dresden, Germany, The PEGIDA organization said on its Facebook site Wednesday Jan. 28, 2015 that spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel had resigned after receiving threats, while board member Thomas Tallacker had stepped down for work reasons. Organizer Bernd-Volker Lincke told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung he and two others had also resigned. Last week, PEGIDA co-founder Lutz Bachmann quit after online posts surfaced in which he used derogatory language to refer to refugees and posed looking like Adolf Hitler. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)BERLIN (AP) — There's more trouble at the top for a German organization protesting the perceived "Islamization" of Europe.



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Suicide attacks kill at least nine people in north Mali

A suicide bomb attack near the contested Malian town of Tabankort killed at least nine people overnight, Tuareg rebel sources said on Wednesday, as violence intensified in the desert north of the West African country. “The suicide bombers walked out of Tabankort last night and they exploded when they reached an MNLA battalion,” said Mossa Ag Attaher, spokesman for the main Tuareg rebel group MNLA, adding that 12 people had been killed. Two other rebel sources said that between nine and 13 people had died in the attack and subsequent clashes that they said pitted a coalition of separatists against pro-government militia which included members of the MAA group of Malian Arabs. Malian army sources also reported an attack just north of Tabankort and confirmed several fatalities but denied the assailants were suicide bombers.
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Judge tosses convictions of 9 S. Carolina black men who integrated whites-only lunch counter

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Judge tosses convictions of 9 S. Carolina black men who integrated whites-only lunch counter.
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EU centers on passenger data in anti-terror fight

ALDE President Guy Verhofstadt, center, EU Counter-Terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove, 2nd right, and Public Policy manager of Google Verity Harding attend a meeting of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) on a counter-terrorism action plan, at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations are overhauling anti-terror measures to focus on airline passenger information as part of a strategy to halt the flow of foreign fighters to and from Syria and Iraq.



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Jordan proposes prisoner swap, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

Man walks past screens displaying TV news programme showing image of Goto, one of two Japanese citizens taken captive by Islamic State militants, on a street in TokyoBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan offered on Wednesday to hand over an Iraqi woman on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was released. Government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani made no mention of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, a veteran war reporter who is also being held by the militant group. "Jordan is ready to release prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh is released and his life spared," Momani was quoted as saying on state television. Kasaesbeh was captured after his jet crashed in northeastern Syria in December during a bombing mission against Islamic State.



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Planet-like body has rings 200 times as large

In 1610, Galileo first spotted enormous Saturn’s gigantic rings. More than 400 years later, astronomers have in a sense dwarfed that discovery with a similar first.


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