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Madagascar plague death toll at least 40

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Plague kills dozens in Madagascar

The plague has killed dozens in Madagascar. At least 119 cases were confirmed by late last year, including 40 deaths, the World Health Organization said.

Michelle Obama Saudi handshake

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Michelle Obama is an 'American Sniper' fan

Celebrities, politicians and celebrity-politicians have voiced their opinions. Now Michelle Obama is wading into the "American Sniper" debate, saying the film "is important to see."

Measles vaccine

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Measles cases in California still climbing

Last Wednesday, the number of confirmed measles cases in California was 59. Nine days later, there are 91 cases, the state Department of Public Health said Friday.

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Korean Air flight attendant testifies in 'nut rage' case

A Korean Air flight attendant testified Heather Cho, the former vice president at Korean Air and the daughter of the airline's chairman, was berated her for serving macadamia nuts.

Need for reconciliation and nation building cited in release of Eugene de Kock

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Pro-apartheid assassin granted parole in South Africa

Eugene de Kock was the most notorious assassin of South Africa's apartheid era, commanding a death squad that kidnapped, tortured and killed black activists. His nickname: Prime Evil.

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Ohio to delay 7 executions

Ohio will delay the executions of seven death row inmates while searching for an adequate supply of drugs that complies with its new execution protocol, the state's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday.

New China dinosaur dragon

50-foot 'dragon' dinosaur found by farmers

Paleontologists have discovered a 50-foot "dragon" dinosaur species in China that may have roamed the earth 160 million years ago during the Late Jurassic period.

Bart the zombie miracle cat

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Custody battle brewing over 'Zombie Cat'

A custody battle could be brewing over the Florida cat that was supposedly thought to be dead, buried and found alive several days later.

Mitt Romney Jan

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Romney not running in 2016

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will not make a third run for president, he told supporters on a Friday morning call, saying he believes it's "best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity" to become the nominee.

Marion 'Suge' Knight Arrested

Las Vegas Metro PD

Suge Knight arrested in run-over death

Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is facing a possible murder charge after allegedly running over two men, killing one, following an argument in Compton, California, according to authorities.

"So far, people we talked to said it looked like it was...

ISIS Kirkuk attack

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ISIS launches attack on Kirkuk in Iraq

ISIS militants have attacked Kirkuk in northern Iraq, an effort that might be an earnest attempt to capture the key oil-rich city or perhaps to divert Kurdish troops fighting to capture the Islamist extremist group's stronghold of Mosul.

For months, I...

Tributes at site of kosher market in Paris

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Official: Killer recorded market attack

The terrorist who gunned down four people at a kosher market in eastern Paris earlier this month recorded the attack on a camera, a U.S. intelligence official told CNN on Friday.

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On this day: January 31

Ida May Fuller, first Social Security check recipient, 1940

Social Security Administration

The first Social Security check is issued, America launches its first satellite into orbit, McDonald's comes to Moscow, and "Avatar" hits the $2 billion mark, all on this day.

Maternity explosion in Mexico leaves 3 dead

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A gas explosion at a maternity hospital in Mexico claimed three lives and injured many more.

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