Justice Scalia dies, succession fight begins

WASHINGTON - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, has died, setting up a political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election.

Refusing to sit on lead, Trump gets bitter in Republican debate 1:21am EST

WASHINGTON Donald Trump, his face red with emotion, lashed out at rivals Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz on Saturday at the most acrimonious debate to date between Republican presidential candidates, shouting insults and casting aside a pledge to be more measured.

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Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record high: U.N.

KABUL Civilian casualties of the war in Afghanistan rose to record levels for the seventh year in row in 2015, as violence spread across the country in the wake of the withdrawal of most international troops, the United Nations reported on Sunday.

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Deep freeze grips U.S. northeast, triggers fatal 50-car pileup

BOSTON, Mass A dangerous cold snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the northeastern United States on Saturday and a snow squall triggered a pileup of dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several people dead. | Video

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'Project Panic' rather than love may keep Britain in EU

BRUSSELS Panic rather than love may keep Britain in the European Union when voters cast their ballots in a referendum, probably in June, on whether to stay in the 28-nation bloc under Prime Minister David Cameron's "new settlement".

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New Zealand's Christchurch rocked by 5.7 magnitude quake, cliffs collapse into sea

WELLINGTON A strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch in New Zealand on Sunday, causing cliffs to collapse into the sea but no major damage to the city, which was devastated by a 2011 quake which killed nearly 200 people.

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'Spotlight,' 'Big Short' win Hollywood writers' top honors

Writers for the films "Spotlight" and "The Big Short" won top Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, boosting the films' chances in the run-up to the Academy Awards, Hollywood's biggest honors.




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Help wanted for Google's car project

Google's postings show it wants manufacturing expertise amid speculation it wants to build its own cars. Fred Katayama reports.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) waves during the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal, in Ismailia, Egypt, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egypt’s iron-fisted ruler won’t last

One day, Sisi will be replaced — probably not democratically.  Commentary