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Islamic State presses assault on Syrian border town, Kurds warn Turkey

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State insurgents tightened their grip on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition air strikes meant to weaken them, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict. | Video

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Third American held in North Korea appeals to U.S. for help: report

SEOUL - One of three Americans held in North Korea on charges of crimes against the state said he was anxiously awaiting his trial and appealed for U.S. government help to secure their freedom, a news report said on Thursday.

World, North Korea 5:13am EDT

U.N. nuclear watchdog pushes for headway in Iran inquiry: diplomats

VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear agency is expected to make a new attempt soon to advance its investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Iran, diplomats said on Thursday, more than a month after Tehran missed a deadline for cooperation.

World, Davos 5:24am EDT

Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO - The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday.

U.S., Health 12:03am EDT

Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

WASHINGTON - After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way.

Politics, U.S. 1:05am EDT
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Prosecutor investigates grand jury in Ferguson shooting: NY Times

- The St. Louis County prosecutor is investigating the grand jury that is considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has ignited weeks of protests, the New York Times reported.