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House breaks impasse, passes security funding without provisions

WASHINGTON - A chaotic three-month-long fight in Congress over funding the U.S. domestic security agency ended on Tuesday, but not before it highlighted House Speaker John Boehner's inability to halt the Republican Party's further descent into disorder.

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Syria's Nusra Front may leave Qaeda to form new entity

BEIRUT - Leaders of Syria's Nusra Front are considering cutting their links with al Qaeda to form a new entity backed by some Gulf states trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad, sources said.

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Australian convicts transferred to Indonesian island for execution

CILACAP, Indonesia - Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were transferred on Wednesday from a Bali prison to an island for execution along with other foreigners, underlining Indonesia's determination to use the death penalty despite international criticism. | Video

Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson police practices

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the Ferguson, Missouri, police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, a law enforcement official familiar with the department's findings said on Tuesday. | Video

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U.S.-Venezuela diplomacy row deepens over embassy staffing

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Tuesday it would respond through diplomatic channels to Venezuela's demand for a cut in U.S. Embassy staff in Caracas, but added that Caracas had drastically underestimated its own diplomatic presence in the United States.

World, United Nations 03 Mar 2015

China February HSBC services PMI edges up

BEIJING - Activity in China's services sector grew modestly in February as new orders rose at their quickest pace in three months, a private survey showed just a few days after the central bank cut interest rates to stimulate the world's second-largest economy.

03 Mar 2015

Engineer from California train derailment has died, police say

LOS ANGELES - A 62-year-old train engineer who was hospitalized after a train crash and derailment last week in Southern California has died, in the first fatality from the incident that left about 50 people injured, police said on Tuesday.

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Israel's Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening U.S.-Israeli rift. | Video