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THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2016

Prime minister says Australian vote to decide gay marriage

MELBOURNE, Australia – Australia’s prime minister gave a personal assurance on Friday that his government would legalize gay marriage if a majority of Australians choose marriage equality in a popular vote. The center-right government has promised to hold a plebiscite ...

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Pick to lead Afghanistan forces says situation is worsening

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday the security situation in the war-torn country is deteriorating and assured senators he will do a thorough review of American troop levels needed to stabilize the nation. Army Lt. Gen. John W. “Mick” Nicholson Jr. told the Senate Armed Services Committee he will have a better sense of conditions in Afghanistan within a few months if he is confirmed by the Senate.

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Deported ‘affluenza’ teen booked into Texas detention center

FORT WORTH, Texas – The teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck was booked into a juvenile detention center in Texas following his deportation from Mexico on Thursday, more than a month after he and his mother fled the U.S. as prosecutors investigated whether he had violated his probation. Ethan Couch, 18, arrived at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport late Thursday morning and could be seen walking through the airport escorted by law enforcement. Couch and his mother were apprehended in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta on Dec. 28, after a call for pizza delivery tipped off authorities to their whereabouts.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday. (Cliff Owen / Associated Press)

APNewsBreak: Pentagon chief to seek longer family leave

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Ash Carter intends to double the length of fully paid maternity leave for female service members and will also work to boost time off for paternity leave and adoptions, U.S. officials said. Carter also intends to expand health care coverage to include more benefits for women trying to get pregnant. He also will direct the military services to expand the hours that military child care facilities are open and the number of children that can be accommodated, the officials said.

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Biden on GOP White House race: It’s a ‘gift from the Lord’

BALTIMORE – Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday likened the Republican presidential race to a “gift from the Lord” for Democrats trying to win control of the House and Senate. Biden joked to House Democrats at their annual retreat in Baltimore that he doesn’t know which Republican to root for, though he didn’t refer to any by name. Many Republicans are worried that front-runner Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could be a drag on other Republicans on the ballot in a general election.

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Blizzard fourth worst among NE snowstorms

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Last weekend’s blizzard was the fourth-most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in at least 66 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. The agency gave the storm a rating of 7.66 on the Northeast ...

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FBI shows video of Tuesday shooting of occupier

The FBI released video Thursday of the shooting death of a spokesman for the armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge that shows the man reaching into his jacket before he fell into the snow. The FBI said the man had a loaded gun in his pocket.

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Privacy at risk in hunt for data on voters

When presidential candidates turn to data crunchers at Rocket Fuel in Silicon Valley for help finding voters who want tougher immigration enforcement, the firm comes up with a surprisingly specific answer: Chevy truck drivers who like Starbucks.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the University of Iowa Field House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

Trump looks to grab attention as GOP rivals debate

Republican presidential candidates take the debate stage Thursday night absent their front-runner, Donald Trump, who will instead seek to starve his rivals of attention at a critical juncture in the campaign by holding a competing event of his own.

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