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THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2016

Police arrest 3 men on suspicion of links to Jakarta attack

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Suicide bombers and grenade-wielding gunmen affiliated with Islamic State caused mayhem in the world’s most populous Muslim nation Thursday by setting off a series of midmorning explosions in the heart of Indonesia’s crowded capital, but fell short of inflicting the extensive death toll witnessed in other attacks. Two civilians were killed along with five assailants, who detonated suicide bombs and lobbed crude grenades near the Sarinah shopping mall, police posts and a Starbucks in central Jakarta. Officials said two attackers blew themselves up and three others were killed in gunbattles with police.

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Tour bus crash kills 14, injures 27

TOKYO – An overnight tour bus on its way to a ski resort in central Japan careened off a mountain road early Friday, killing 14 passengers and injuring 27 others. Fire and disaster management officials said the bus veered into ...

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Utility understated benzene leaks

LOS ANGELES – The utility whose leaking natural gas well has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes acknowledged Thursday it understated the number of times airborne levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene have spiked during the crisis. Southern California Gas Co. had been saying on its website and in emails to the Associated Press that just two air samples over the past three months showed elevated concentrations of the compound. But after the AP inquired about discrepancies in the data, SoCalGas admitted higher-than-normal readings had been found at least 14 times.

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This photo provided by Netflix shows, Idris Elba in the Netflix original film, “Beasts of No Nation.” Proving perhaps that Hollywood cant refrain from making disappointing sequels, last years Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was  revived  Thursday as the Academy unveiled a slate of nominees including no black actors or directors. (Netflix)

People: Lack of diversity again bemoaned in Oscar slate

A year after host Neil Patrick Harris quipped that the Oscars were honoring Hollywood’s “best and whitest,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled yet another all-white slate of acting nominees Thursday, prompting a dismayed revival of the “OscarsSoWhite” hashtag. Many also expressed regret that the highly admired N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” failed to score a best picture nod, despite being recognized in other contests. In acting categories, omissions included Idris Elba in “Beasts of No Nation” and Will Smith in “Concussion.”

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Judge: Catholic hospital doesn’t have to do tubal ligation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Ordering a California Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation sterilization procedure on a woman would violate its right to exercise its religious freedom, a San Francisco judge ruled Thursday. “Religious-based hospitals have an enshrined place in American history and its communities, and the religious beliefs reflected in their operation are not to be interfered with by courts at this moment in history,” Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith said while finalizing his previous tentative ruling.

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Police officers are deployed Thursday near the site  of an explosion in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Dita Alangkara / Associated Press)

IS claims deadly Starbucks attack in Jakarta

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The scene had echoes of the Paris attacks: A bustling shopping area shaken by the blasts of suicide bombers and gunfire as onlookers fled in terror. But when Thursday’s assault in central Jakarta was over, the death ...

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In this May 14, 2009, file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, Guantanamo detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire, inside Camp 4 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (Brennan Linsley / Associated Press)

Fewer than 100 Guantanamo prisoners left as 10 leave to Oman

MIAMI (AP) – Ten prisoners from Yemen who were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have been released and sent to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman for resettlement, officials said Thursday, portraying it as a significant milestone in the long-stalled effort to shutter the offshore detention center. The release, among the largest on a single day under President Barack Obama, puts the prison population below 100 for the first time since shortly after it opened in January 2002 to hold men suspected of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban. There are now 93 still held.

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Volkswagen CEO understands ‘impatience’ on emissions fix

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller told workers at the German automaker’s lone U.S. plant in Tennessee that recovering from a diesel emissions cheating scandal “won’t be a walk in the park,” but that the company is committed to turning around its prospects in what he called a core market. Mueller spoke to workers Thursday, one day after meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about the company’s efforts to bring diesel cars into compliance with U.S. law. Volkswagen was forced to admit last year that about 600,000 vehicles were sold with illegal software designed to trick government emissions tests.

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Tribes say stronger self-governance key to future success

Tribes want the federal government to work with them to strengthen and modernize their ability to self-govern, saying the best solutions for Native American life comes from the tribes themselves, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Thursday.

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Balbir Atwal, the owner of a 7-Eleven store that sold a winning Powerball lottery ticket, holds up a Millionaire Made Here, sign at his store in Chino Hills, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Atwal, says he was at home when a friend called to tell him that someone in Chino Hills had hit the jackpot. Atwal says he didn't know the ticket was purchased at his store until he turned on the TV. (Nick Ut / Associated Press)

$1.6 billion Powerball jackpot split 3 ways, in California, Florida and Tennessee

MUNFORD, Tenn. (AP) – An eye-popping and unprecedented Powerball jackpot whose rise to $1.6 billion became a national fascination will be split three ways, by mystery winners in Florida, Tennessee and California. The lucky trio did not immediately identify themselves Thursday, but they bought their tickets in Munford, a town of about 6,000 in Tennessee; the modest Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills; and at supermarket in Melbourne Beach, Florida, where residents of a nearby housing development were heard partying loudly after Wednesday night’s drawing.

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Average age of new U.S. moms at all-time high, now over 26

NEW YORK – The average age of first-time mothers is at an all-time high in the U.S – over 26. The change is largely due to a big drop in teen moms. But more first births to older women also are tugging the number up, said T.J. Mathews of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Parting Shot — 5.3.16

The 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes, left, reacts to being acknowledged by President Barack Obama Tuesday, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House ...

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