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Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'

MARIUPOL, Ukraine - Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict. | Video

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GE industrial profits rise 12 percent, shares up

- General Electric Co posted a 12 percent rise in overall industrial profits on Thursday, as strength in its businesses selling gas turbines, jet engines and oil industry equipment offset weakness in healthcare and transportation.

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Search for Malaysia Airlines jet refocuses on drone scans of seafloor

SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia - A deep-sea drone completed its much-anticipated first full scan of the seabed in the remote Indian Ocean, the team looking for a missing Malaysian jetliner said on Thursday, as an air and surface search became less likely to yield results.

A year after marathon bombs, Boston hospitals apply lessons learned

BOSTON - The homemade bombs that ripped through the crowd at the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264, showcased the city's medical talent but also taught valuable lessons in responding to a mass disaster.

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Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed: IAEA

VIENNA - Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfill the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on Thursday.

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India holds biggest day of voting with Hindu nationalists gaining strength

BANGALORE - India held the biggest day of its mammoth general election on Thursday, with a quarter of its 815 million-strong electorate eligible to vote during a week of fresh blows for the ruling Congress party and gains for the Hindu nationalist opposition.

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Collision of two fire trucks leaves 15 hurt near Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - At least 15 people were injured on Wednesday, one critically, when two fire trucks collided on their way to a house blaze near Los Angeles, sending one of the vehicles careening into a restaurant, the City News Service reported.

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Turkish ruling party wants Erdogan presidential bid: officials

ANKARA - A majority of deputies in Turkey's ruling AK Party have voted in a secret ballot in favor of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan running in the country's first direct presidential election in August, senior party officials said on Thursday.