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Mother of Japanese captive begs PM to save son held by Islamic State

TOKYO - The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber. | Video

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Obama's pick for attorney general faces heated confirmation debate

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama's pick for his next attorney general faces a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that will likely highlight tensions between the Obama administration and the new Republican Congress.

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Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts

BOSTON/NEW YORK - A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. | Video

iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record

- Apple Inc quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history. | Video

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Army says no decision made in Bergdahl investigation

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army on Tuesday denied that a decision had been made to bring desertion charges against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was released last year in a controversial prisoner swap after disappearing from his base in Afghanistan in 2009.

27 Jan 2015

Yahoo sets Alibaba stake spinoff plan, shares jump

SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , responding to pressure to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment valued at roughly $40 billion.

China, Tech, Deals 27 Jan 2015