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Sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" in a field near Bradshaw, Nebraska in 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
Sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" in a field near Bradshaw, Nebraska in 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
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Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

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Yupei Guo, Serene Silin Li
In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo, Yupei Guo, top, greets friend Serene Silin Li at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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US colleges seek economic diversity in students from China

Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds.

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A Visa credit card is offered at a store in New York's Times Square. Credit card data isn’t quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
A Visa credit card is offered at a store in New York's Times Square. Credit card data isn’t quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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`Anonymized’ credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Credit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says.

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President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama (Mark Makela, Getty Images)
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Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

Lawmakers reacted cautiously on Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems.

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Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, right, and ranking member, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.,, center.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, right, and ranking member, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.,, center. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Attorney General nominee picking up GOP support

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch picked up her first Republican endorsement Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job.

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President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama (Molly Riley, Pool/Getty Images)
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Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that federal spending must be held in check.

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Long-awaited trial to open in Etan Patz missing-child case

The teenage stock clerk was just a name in a file for decades, one of many people police encountered while searching for a 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz. Thirty-five years later, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a case that defined the nation's approach to missing children.

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Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) investigator Ertata Lananggalih holds a model plane as he explains the movement of AirAsia Flight 8501 before it crashed into the Java Sea
Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) investigator Ertata Lananggalih holds a model plane as he explains the movement of AirAsia Flight 8501 before it crashed into the Java Sea (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.

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Squadron Leader Brett McKenzie looks out of a window while searching for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of western Australia.
Squadron Leader Brett McKenzie looks out of a window while searching for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of western Australia. (AP Photo/Greg Wood, File-Pool)
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Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's government declared Thursday the crash of Flight 370 an accident to pave the way for compensation claims, angering victims' families still waiting for evidence while officials said the search for wreckage will go on.

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A still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh.
A still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. (AP Photo)
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Japan says it trusts Jordan to help Islamic State hostage

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan said it was putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants, after the latest message purportedly from his captors extended until sundown Thursday in the Middle East the deadline for the Jordanians to release an Iraqi prisoner.

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