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FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2016

Brazil finds active Zika virus in urine, saliva

RIO DE JANEIRO – The head of a top Brazilian health research institute says its scientists have discovered the presence of active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples. Paulo Gadelha says the virus’s ability to infect other people through ...

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Pentagon wants defense boost to counter Russia

The Obama administration wants to boost military spending in Europe next year to stockpile heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other military equipment in eastern and central Europe, a substantial expansion of efforts to counter a resurgent Russia.

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In this Thursday, Feb. 3,  photo, visitors stand next to a religious ornament with the “manji” symbol, which comes from the ancient Sanskrit and is widely used for centuries to denote Buddhist temples on maps and elsewhere, at a temple in Tokyo. (Eugene Hoshiko / Associated Press)

Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi confusion

TOKYO – As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with the traditional “manji” symbol that is often confused with a Nazi swastika? The symbol, from ancient Sanskrit, means happiness and prosperity. It has been used for centuries by Hindus and Buddhists, and has turned up in archaeological digs in Europe. But many Western tourists associate it with anti-Semitism and the Holocaust because the emblem was adopted by Nazi Germany to try to enhance a sense of ancient lineage.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2016

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People: Zola twitter story in development for James Franco to direct

The Zola twitter story about a wild road trip to Florida that went viral late last year is in development to be turned into a feature film that actor James Franco will direct. Franco’s publicist confirmed Thursday reports that Franco, Andrew Neel and the production company Killer Films were working to adapt the Rolling Stone article about Aziah “Zola” Wells’ 148-tweet account of the road trip with a stripper and her boyfriend and a pimp.

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Democratic debate: Fact check on the candidates

EDITOR’S NOTE – A look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don’t tell the full story WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton cast the financial industry as an adversary in her presidential campaign – despite the money that ...

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U.S. aid to Colombia will shift from war to peace, Obama says

WASHINGTON – The United States, after helping to finance Colombia’s war against guerrillas for 15 years, on Thursday announced plans to boost aid for the South American nation’s historic peace pact. President Barack Obama, speaking at the White House with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at his side, said Colombia would have “no greater friend” than the U.S. as the Bogota government moves toward formally ending the oldest conflict in the Americas.

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Autograph stories

Here's a story from Steve Peck. "My one, and only claim to being close to a celebrity was in 1982 at an outdoor concert at Red Rocks, near Denver, Colorado. ...

Motherhood, apple pie, economy

Megan Ronk is a mother who wants her two young sons, ages 5 and 2, to explore the world, as she has done. “But I always wanted to come back ...

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