Jordan proposes prisoner swap, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

AMMAN - Jordan offered on Wednesday to hand over an Iraqi woman on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was freed. | Video

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Exclusive: Spending- why 'red' states shoulder the deepest cuts under Obama

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 - As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters. | Video

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North Dakota: oil producers aim to cut radioactive waste bills

WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble. | Video

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Obama's pick for attorney general aims to smooth ties with Congress

WASHINGTON - Loretta Lynch, U.S. President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, on Wednesday sought to strike a conciliatory tone with Republican senators eager to use her confirmation hearing as an opportunity to air grievances about Obama's policies including immigration reform.

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Litvinenko autopsy was world's most dangerous, UK inquiry hears

LONDON - Pathologists examining the body of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope nine years ago in London, carried out the world's most dangerous-ever autopsy on his body, an inquiry into his killing heard on Wednesday.

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Nissan recalls 768,000 crossovers and SUVs for separate problems

DETROIT - Nissan Motor Co is recalling about 768,000 vehicles, including its popular Rogue crossover and Pathfinder SUV, for separate problems, the company and U.S. regulators said on Wednesday.

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