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Car bomb kills three outside U.S. consulate in Iraq's Kurdish capital

ERBIL - A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed three people on Friday outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, in a relatively rare attack in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region. | Video

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California gas pipeline explosion, fire injure up to 15 people

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A construction crew on Friday accidentally ruptured a natural gas transmission line in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured up to 15 people, four of them critically, officials said. | Video

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Iraqi forces retake most of Iraq's largest refinery: officials

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, security officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex this week.

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Campaign begins in Arizona to make recreational marijuana legal

PHOENIX - Advocates for legalizing marijuana launched a petition campaign in Phoenix on Friday seeking a ballot measure that could make Arizona the fifth U.S. state to allow possession, cultivation and consumption of small amounts of pot for recreational use.

17 Apr 2015

North Korea warns U.S. envoy of 'bigger mishap' than a knife attack

SEOUL - A North Korean propaganda unit said the U.S. ambassador to South Korea could face a "bigger mishap" than the knife attack to his face last month if he does not stop insulting North Korea with "laughable" accusations.

Exclusive: Greece scrapes bottom of barrel in hunt for cash to stay afloat

ATHENS - Greece will need to tap all the remaining cash reserves across its public sector -- a total of 2 billion euros ($2.16 billion) -- to pay civil service wages and pensions at the end of the month, according to finance ministry officials.

17 Apr 2015

Texas House approves bill that limits city bans on fracking

DALLAS - A bill that would stop Texas cities from enacting their own bans on hydraulic fracturing in the nation's top crude oil and natural gas producing state was approved on Friday in the state House of Representatives.

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Russia denies German report it is ready to sign gas deal with Greece

MOSCOW/BERLIN - Russia denied on Saturday a German media report suggesting that it could sign a gas pipeline deal with Greece as early as Tuesday which could bring up to five billion euros into Athens' depleted state coffers.