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1 killed, 2 hurt on Scorsese set

A structure on the Taiwan set of an upcoming Martin Scorsese movie collapsed this week, killing a studio construction worker and injuring two more, Taipei police said.


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Huckabee: Homosexuality like drinking, swearing

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says expecting Christians to accept same-sex marriage is “like asking someone who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.”


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Exclusive: Some charities to refuse money from U.S. financier accused in sex case

Mount Sinai Hospital is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew and other powerful men. Epstein, 62, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring an underage girl for prostitution and served a year in a Florida jail, has long burnished his reputation as a philanthropist through a series of foundations that he says have given millions of dollars to institutions ranging from Harvard University to a New York junior tennis league. The filing has also renewed questions about Epstein's once close links to former U.S. President Bill Clinton, though there are no allegations of any wrongdoing by Clinton.



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Kanye West, Rihanna rock DirecTV party on eve of Super Bowl

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, BET Honoree Kanye West accepts the Visonary Award at the BET Honors 2015 at Warner Theater in Washington. Rihanna and West performed at DirecTV's Super Saturday Night party, in Glendale, Ariz., on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (Photo by Kevin Wolf/Invision/AP, File)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The crowd at DirecTV's Super Saturday Night party came for Rihanna, and got a healthy dose of Kanye West as a bonus.



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Immigrants could wait until 2019 to have cases resolved

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved.
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Steven Tyler headlines Rolling Stone party on Super Bowl eve

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, file photo, Steven Tyler arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Palladium, in Los Angeles. Tyler and Charlie XCX headlined the Rolling Stone Super Bowl party on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler charged up a frenzied crowd on the eve of the Super Bowl that features his beloved New England Patriots.



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Author takes deep, personal look at PTSD

Former Marine David Morris’ new book chronicles his own struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and delves into sometimes controversial treatments.


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Self-styled ‘seer’ faces murder trial for death he foretold

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The leader of a Kansas commune that prosecutors say lived off life insurance payouts from its dead members faces trial this week in the 2003 drowning of a woman whose death he had allegedly foretold weeks earlier.
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Court invader interrupts Australian Open men’s final

A political protester, center, is caught by a security guard during the men's singles final between Andy Murray of Britain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A protester was tackled on court by a security guard during the Australian Open men's final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on Sunday night, causing a brief delay in play during the second set.



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Egypt deports Australian Al-Jazeera reporter

FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2014 file photo, Al-Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste, appears in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt. A senior Egyptian prison official and the country's official news agency say Greste has been freed from prison and is on his way to Cairo airport to leave the country. (AP Photo/Heba Elkholy, El Shorouk, File) EGYPT OUTCAIRO (AP) — Al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste left Egypt on Sunday after the president approved his deportation following more than a year behind bars in a case that was widely condemned by rights groups, officials said.



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Storm blankets Midwest in snow, creeps toward Northeast

Joe Fabiani, of Cressona, Pa., and his daughter Chloe Fabiani, 7, of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., sled ride down a hill at the Schuylkill Haven, Pa. high school on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/The Republican-Herald, Andy Matsko)CHICAGO (AP) — A powerful storm moved from the Plains into the Midwest early Sunday that was expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some places before making its way into New England, where many cities are still digging out from a winter walloping from early last week.



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Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for Australia

File photo of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste of Australia standing in a metal cage during his trial in a court in CairoBy Omar Fahmy and Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) – Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from a Cairo jail on Sunday and left Egypt for his native Australia after 400 days in prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said. There was no official word on the fate of his two Al Jazeera colleagues – Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed – who were also jailed in the case that provoked an international outcry. The three were sentenced to seven to 10 years on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organization – a reference to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. We are hopeful," Marwa Omara told Reuters.



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Islamic State says it has beheaded second Japanese hostage Goto

Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was held captive by Islamic State militants, speaks to reporters at her house in TokyoBy Kiyoshi Takenaka and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) – Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group's opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice. The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released the video showing a hooded man standing over Goto with a knife to his throat, followed by footage of a head put on the back of a human body. Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the video appeared to be genuine. The video was released exactly a week after footage appearing to show the beheaded body of another Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa.



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Jordan still ready for swap with Islamic State to free pilot

Jordan said on Sunday it was still ready to hand over a jailed Iraqi militant to Islamic State in a swap deal if a captured Jordanian pilot was released, even after a second Japanese hostage was beheaded by the hardline group. Jordan’s security and military agencies were making constant checks to see whether the pilot, Muath al-Kasaesbeh, was still alive, government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said. There has been public pressure on Jordan to negotiate with Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda which has seized territory in Syria and Iraq. Protests have erupted in Karak, home town of the pilot, who is from an important Jordanian tribe that forms the backbone of support for the Hashemite monarchy.
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Nigeria military repels Boko Haram assault on key city Maiduguri

Soldiers and security block a road as they secure the venue during a rally of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Maiduguri on January 24, 2015Nigeria’s military on Sunday repelled a Boko Haram assault on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri, as violence raged across the region just two weeks before national elections. The hours-long attack on the strategic capital of Borno state was the Islamists’ second attempt to take Maiduguri in a week. With near-relentless violence plaguing much of the northeast, and Boko Haram still in control of large swathes of territory in the region, fears are mounting over the prospect of organising polls on February 14. The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), which claims to be gaining momentum in the campaign against President Goodluck Jonathan, has rejected a call by the national security advisor for the vote to be postponed.



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Death toll mounts in Ukraine fighting after peace talks fail

Pro-Russian separatists ride on a tank in Donetsk, eastern UkraineBy Natalia Zinets and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Thirteen government soldiers and at least as many civilians have been killed in the past 24 hours in eastern Ukraine's separatist conflict after the collapse of peace talks, Kiev authorities said. "Fighting continues across all sections of the frontline," Kiev military spokesman Volodymyr Polyovy said in a briefing. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which took part in the talks in Minsk, Belarus, along with envoys from Ukraine and Russia, said rebel delegates had not been ready to discuss key points of a peace plan. The terms of that 12-point protocol have been repeatedly violated but Kiev and foreign governments see it as the only viable roadmap to end the nine-month-long conflict in which more than 5,000 people have been killed.



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Walker open to sending troops to fight Islamic State group

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he is open to sending U.S. troops to the Middle East to combat Islamic State fighters, but the potential Republican contender for 2016 presidential nomination isn’t calling for them immediately.
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A look at Egypt’s Al-Jazeera English Trial

CAIRO (AP) — Here is a look at the major events in the arrest and trial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists imprisoned in Egypt for over a year:
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Obama: This isn’t a religious war

President Barack Obama once again refused to label the fight against terrorism as a war on radical Islam or any kind of “religious war,” insisting that such labels hurt efforts to root out radical ideologies in Muslim communities.


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Jordan renews swap offer to free pilot held by Islamic State

Members of Al-Kaseasbeh, the tribe of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, light candles by posters with his picture and Arabic that reads "we are all Muath," at the captured pilot's tribal gathering divan, in his home town of Karak, Jordan, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan renewed an offer Sunday to swap an al-Qaida prisoner for a fighter pilot held captive by the Islamic State group, a day after a video purportedly showed the militants beheading a Japanese hostage.



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Japan condemns ‘despicable’ IS hostage beheading claim

People walk past a screen reporting that Japanese hostage Kenji Goto was killed by the Islamic State group, on February 1, 2015 in TokyoPrime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday condemned the announcement by Islamic State militants that they had beheaded second Japanese hostage as "heinous and despicable," ending a hostage standoff that has rocked the pacifist nation. IS claimed in a video released online that it had killed 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto — the second purported beheading of a Japanese hostage in a week — but made no mention of a Jordanian pilot it has also threatened to kill. Jordan's King Abdullah II denounced Goto's murder as a "cowardly, criminal act" and said every effort was being made "to seek the release of the hero pilot Maaz Kassasbeh", captured after his F-16 plane crashed in Syria in December.



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Flash floods hit Greece, Albania, force evacuations

Huge waves hit a promenade at Floisvos suburb, west of Athens, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Heavy rain and severe winds reaching speeds of up to 10 Beaufort hit many areas throughout the country, causing damage to infrastructure and localised flooding. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Flash floods caused by heavy rains have hit northwestern Greece and southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers Sunday and destroying a famous 18th-century stone bridge.



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2 pilots survive midair plane crash

Two small planes collided midair in Alaska over the weekend, leaving two pilots injured.


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Djokovic beats luckless Murray for fifth Australian Open

Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the Norman Brookes Trophy after beating Britain's Andy Murray to win the Australian Open in Melbourne on February 1, 2015World number one Novak Djokovic won a fifth Australian Open title and his eighth Grand Slam Sunday, grinding down Andy Murray in four gruelling sets to heap more misery on the luckless Scot. Djokovic has now beaten Murray in three of the Scot's four Australian final losses following earlier wins in 2011 and 2013, although the Murray defeated him in his two major triumphs at the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon.



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Egypt releases one Al Jazeera journalist; 2 remain

Egypt freed an Al Jazeera journalist Sunday, allowing him to leave the country, the government said.


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Pope to visit Sarajevo to boost ‘brotherhood and peace’

Pope Francis delivers his blessing as he celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he will visit Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in hopes of boosting efforts toward brotherhood in the country that was ravaged by war two decades ago.



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Ukraine: 13 troops killed in fight with Russia-backed rebels

A woman places flowers on one of 30 crosses placed by activists bearing the names of people who died in shelling in Mariupol on Jan, 24, outside the Russian Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian-backed separatists kept up their assault Sunday on railway hub in eastern Ukraine, fighting that authorities said has killed 13 government troops and wounded 20 others over the last day.



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Spain: 400 migrants repelled after storming border fence

MADRID (AP) — Spain says 400 African migrants tried to storm border fences separating its North African enclave Melilla from Morocco and has warned of a buildup in numbers across the frontier.
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