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Balloon crew launches in bid to break 2 major records
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- An international team has launched its helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route.... 1/25/2015 10:00 AM

Blizzard-like conditions possible in Northeast's next storm
NEW YORK (AP) -- A major snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions could drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the Northeast as they gear up for the workweek right after the first real storm of the winter hit them with rain, several inches of snow and messy slush.... 1/25/2015 8:35 AM

Obama received warmly in India, seeks policy advances
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama was greeted in India Sunday with an elaborate welcome at the country's sprawling presidential palace, then he solemnly laid a wreath at a memorial honoring the father of India's independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi.... 1/25/2015 10:25 AM

TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88.... 1/25/2015 8:26 AM

'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) -- Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels.... 1/24/2015 5:48 PM

GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling
ATLANTA (AP) -- A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses.... 1/24/2015 7:58 PM

Alabama seeks to stay order overturning gay marriage ban
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state.... 1/24/2015 4:36 PM

Transgender teen's death stirs action in US and beyond
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Leelah Alcorn wrote a note on her Tumblr blog, then walked through the night and into the path of a tractor-trailer rumbling down a highway. In the final message attributed to her, she pleaded: "My death needs to mean something. ... Fix society. Please."... 1/24/2015 7:00 PM

Police: Man shot his family, killing 3, then killed himself
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said.... 1/24/2015 7:40 PM

FBI: No bombs found on planes in Atlanta after threat
ATLANTA (AP) -- Law enforcement officials found no bombs on two planes at Atlanta's main airport after authorities received what they considered credible threats, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said.... 1/25/2015 12:00 AM

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