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Einstein's gravitational waves detected in landmark discovery

WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Scientists for the first time have detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for studying the cosmos. | Video

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Congress approves permanent Internet access tax ban

WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed legislation placing a permanent ban on states' taxing Internet access, sending the measure to President Barack Obama for signing into law.

No plans at this time for joint U.S.-India navy patrols: State Dept.

WASHINGTON There are currently no plans for joint naval patrols by the United States and India, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

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South Korea cuts off power, water into Kaesong zone in North Korea

SEOUL South Korea has cut off the supply of power and water into the Kaesong industrial zone run jointly with North Korea, it said on Friday, hours after the North kicked out the South's workers and froze the assets of companies operating there.

Low U.S. jobless claims underscore labor market strength

WASHINGTON The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting the labor market remains on solid footing despite slowing economic growth and a stock market rout.   

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Fed's Yellen sticks to her guns as global market rout worsens

WASHINGTON Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to Congress on Thursday and again stressed that the U.S. central bank was not on a "pre-set" path to return policy to "normal" given a worsening meltdown in global stock markets.

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N.Y. policeman convicted of manslaughter in shooting of black man: media

NEW YORK A New York City police officer was convicted of manslaughter and official misconduct on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black man in a darkened public housing stairwell in 2014, according to media reports.

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Russia boosts ties with Iraq in challenge to U.S. influence

BAGHDAD Russia is ready to sell civil airliners to Iraq and keep providing it with military aid to fight Islamic State, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday, accompanied on a trip to Baghdad by the biggest Russian delegation in years.