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Sun Feb 15, 2015 - 7:33 PM
An There was thunder, lightning and driving rain pouring on thousands in viewing stands open to the sky. Many wore disposable rain ponchos. Others got soaked, and kept dancing."The rain doesn't bother me. In fact, it gets us going and we crank it up a notch. It was too hot anyway," Cleberson Santos, 43, told AFP just ahead of the Viradouro parade.Over the next two nights, 12 elite samba schools each comprising some 5,000 participants will sashay along the city's Sambadrome. ... Full Story

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Fri Sep 14, 2012 - 9:53 AM
WASHINGTON Amine El Khalifi, 29, an illegal immigrant who lived in Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced after pleading guilty in June to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He faced a maximum sentence under the law of life in prison, but prosecutors agreed to 25 to 30 years as part of a plea deal. "The sentence in this case must be a beacon to those would seek to commit such attacks that, when caught and prosecuted, they will be sentenced to d ... Full Story

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Thu Dec 11, 2014 - 4:30 AM
A telephone poll of 1,340 registered New Jersey voters by Quinnipiac University found that Christie, and every other potential Republican contender for the 2016 White House race, would lose the state to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the possible Democratic candidate. Among voters in the traditionally blue state, Clinton tops Christie 50 percent to 39 percent; former Florida Governor Jeb Bush 53 to 31; Kentucky Senator Rand Paul 55 to 31; and 2012 Republica ... Full Story

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Thu Apr 2, 2015 - 10:18 AM
Masked At least 79 people were wounded in the assault, which lasted for some 13 hours from when the first grenades were used before dawn to blast open the gates of the university, near the lawless border with war-torn Somalia.In the final hour before darkness fell, Kenyan troops stormed the student dormitory where the gunmen were holed up as explosions and heavy gunfire rang out."We are mopping up the area," Interior Minster Joseph Nkaiserry told reporters, saying that four gunmen had ... Full Story

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Tue Mar 31, 2015 - 12:31 PM
(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure by Republicans in Congress that would have blocked a government labor agency's rules designed to speed up the time it takes to unionize workers. The rules would shorten the period between a union filing a petition to represent workers and an election, from the current median of 38 days to as little as 14 days. Employers would be required to share workers' names, addresses, phone numbers and em ... Full Story

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Thu Apr 2, 2015 - 6:54 AM
HOUSTON, Texas, April 2 (Reuters) - Mark O'Meara believes his good friend Tiger Woods will compete in next week's U.S. Masters. Former world number one Woods, whose ranking has plummeted to a mind-boggling 104th, has struggled badly for form and fitness this season and has played only twice on the PGA Tour. His manager Mark Steinberg told Reuters earlier this week that the 39-year-old American had played 18 holes at Augusta as he continued to asses ... Full Story

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Mon Feb 9, 2015 - 6:00 AM
Chilean director Pablo Larrain made "The Club" after he realized some pedophile priests had collaborated with the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet or were ordinary criminals, and had never paid for their misdeeds. "The Catholic Church for decades really has been spiriting away those priests, hiding them, shielding them from the public sphere," he told a news conference on Monday to loud applause. "That's how we came up with t ... Full Story

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Tue Mar 31, 2015 - 9:08 PM
Arkansas followed Indiana, which passed a similar act last week. They are the first to do so since same-sex marriage became legal in many states last year. Corporations have criticized the measures. At present 37 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia permit gay marriage. The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart , based in Bentonville, Ark., issued a statement saying the Arkansas bill threatened to undermine "the spirit of inclusion" in ... Full Story

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Fri Sep 21, 2012 - 12:26 PM
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