McIlroy opens 2015 account with Dubai win

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Rory McIlroy completed his gun-to-tape victory in the Dubai Desert Classic Sunday to cement his position at the top of golf's world rankings.

Egypt releases one Al Jazeera journalist

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Egypt released an Al Jazeera journalist Sunday who had been behind bars since December 2013, allowing him to leave the country, the government said.…

Whitney Houston's daughter placed in coma

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Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was placed in a medically induced coma after she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of…

More than 3,300 crash claims filed against GM as window closes

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More than 3,350 claims have been filed against General Motors, alleging the automaker's vehicles with faulty ignition switches caused deaths and injuries.

Union oil workers go on strike

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Yet another headache for U.S. oil producers: Union officials are calling for a strike.

The United Steelworkers union asked union workers at nine U.S.…

Puppy Bowl enters its second decade

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The first Puppy Bowl aired on Feb. 6, 2005, on a hunch that viewers would tune in to watch puppies run around a small replica of a football field.

Boy, did they…

Blizzard hits central US, heads Northeast

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A winter storm ramping up in the Great Plains put the metropolitan Chicago area's more than 9 million people under a blizzard warning Sunday, and another 65…

Paul Ryan's take on Romney's 2016 decision

Paul Ryan wins re-election to Congress may look at bigger stage

Rep. Paul Ryan called his former Republican ticket-mate Mitt Romney's decision not to run for president again in 2016 "bittersweet," but said it won't change…

Djokovic wins Australian Open

Novak Djokovic, 2015 Australian Open semis

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You just can't stop Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.

When the world No. 1 beat sixth-seed Andy Murray 7-6 (5) 6-7 (4) 6-3 6-0 in a contentious slugfest…

Nigeria: Boko Haram tries to seize city again

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Boko Haram renewed its attempts to seize the key Nigerian city of Maiduguri Sunday, the militants' second attack there in a week.

Islamist extremists tried to…

Vatican assesses its relationship with women

Vatican 'diseases'

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A draft document prepared ahead of a Catholic Church discussion on women demonstrates the questions the Vatican faces as it seeks to make the church more…

Bombs strike mall in downtown Bangkok

Two bombs exploded at the entrance to a popular mall Sunday night in Bangkok, police said.

There were no injuries, Lt.Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri, spokesman for…

Graham: Trey Gowdy for the Supreme Court

Sen. Lindsey Graham's plan to convince conservatives he's with them on immigration starts with nominating Rep. Trey Gowdy for the Supreme Court.

As the South…

Here are the drivers of future economic growth

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The American economy is reinventing itself.

Gone are the days of excessive leverage and the dominance of Wall Street. Gone are the days when the stock market --…

URGENT - Bangkok Blasts

(CNN) -- Two bombs exploded Sunday outside a mall in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand, police said. No one was injured, police said.

Huckabee compares being gay to drinking

Mike Huckabee, April 2014

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Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says expecting Christians to accept same-sex marriage is "like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving…

Obama: U.S. not at war on radical Islam

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President Barack Obama once again refused to label the fight against terrorism as a war on radical Islam or any kind of "religious war," insisting that such…

"I thought life would be better after the recession. Not worse."

--John Smith, unemployed construction worker

"These amendments may very likely duck the House's specific definition of what constitutes an earmark, but that doesn't mean it's not pork.

--Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste

"Folks are beyond homeless here. Their homes don't exist ... the power and destruction here was unimaginable."

--Missouri Gov. Jay Dixon following a devastating tornado that killed more than 150 people.

""There's a lot of things happening that can change the dynamic of this race from the past. So it will certainly be interesting to see."

--former Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneve on the Indy 500.

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