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Soft U.S. data hints at near-term hiccup in economic growth

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid last week rose to its highest level since May, but economists dismissed the increase as weather-related and said the jobs market remained solid.

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U.S. warns about American youths seeking Islamic State connection

WASHINGTON - The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have warned law enforcement agencies across the country about American youths wanting to join Islamic State militants fighting in the Middle East, officials said on Thursday.

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Review of Hillary Clinton emails to take months: U.S. official

WASHINGTON - A growing controversy over Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work while she was U.S. secretary of state could drag on for months, threatening to cloud the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. | Video

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Exclusive: Scribbled note shows Nemtsov on trail of Russian deaths in Ukraine

MOSCOW - It may have been the last note Boris Nemtsov ever wrote, a hurried scrawl in blue pen on a plain white sheet of A4 paper.

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Kerry tries to reassure Iran's Gulf rivals on nuclear talks

RIYADH - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday Washington was not seeking a "grand bargain" with Iran, and said a nuclear deal with Tehran would be in their interests.

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AbbVie boosts cancer drug pipeline with $21 billion Pharmacyclics deal

- AbbVie Inc is to buy Pharmacyclics Inc for about $21 billion, giving it access to what is expected to be one of the world's top-selling cancer drugs and expanding its reach in the profitable oncology field. | Video

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Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns, a witness said.