Powerful 7.5-magnitude quake hits southern Ecuador

A very powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck southern Ecuador in the early hours of Friday shook the areas close to the country's border with Peru, alth
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A global look at the Catholic Church's sex abuse problem

Pope Francis' high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit calls attention to the crisis as a global problem
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Police: Texas man confessed in hammer death of daughter, 2

Police say a Southeast Texas man accused of bludgeoning his 2-year-old daughter with a hammer was naked and stained with blood when he told officers that he kil
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Spain to get 3rd gov't in 4 years amid fragmenting politics

Spain will elect its third government in less than four years after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's fragile socialist government has acknowledge its support has
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In soccer-mad Argentina, women fight sexism and inequality

Macarena Sanchez takes a stand to turn female soccer professional in Argentina
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Cheetos Flamin' Hot Asteroids Will Re-enter Earth's Orbit

Chester Cheetah felt a little left out at the Super Bowl, and so the animated animal decided to let some big news slip. In a video in which the Cheetos mascot r
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Man convicted of killing estranged wife, her infant daughter

A man accused of strangling his estranged wife and suffocating her infant daughter has been convicted on two counts of murder
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Electrolux to shut Memphis plant, keeping Tennessee presence

Swedish appliance maker Electrolux says it is stopping production at its Memphis, Tennessee, factory within two years while investing $250 million in separate f
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The Old Man and the Play: Friend keeps word to Hemingway

In 1958, Ernest Hemingway told his close friend A.E. Hotchner he didn't like the film adaptation of "The Old Man and the Sea" and urged his pal to do his own ad
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Police: Woman says cop touched her inappropriately at club

Police in North Carolina say an officer has been charged with sexual battery after a woman reported that he touched her inappropriately at a nightclub
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Cubans inaugurate first new Catholic church in decades

The first new Roman Catholic church to be completed in Cuba since the country's 1959 socialist revolution has been inaugurated with the aid of a Florida congreg
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AP source: Justin Wilson, Mets agree to $10M, 2-year deal

Left-hander Justin Wilson and the New York Mets have agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Pre
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Magnitude 6.7 quake hits Chile's coast; no reports of damage

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake has shaken cities and town on Chile's northern coast
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Judge opens hearing on major Puerto Rico debt restructuring

A court hearing on a major restructuring of Puerto Rico's mammoth debt has opened, with protesters warning the deal would further indebt the U.S. territory and
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Judge hears major Puerto Rico debt restructuring case

Protesters have crowded outside a federal courthouse in Puerto Rico as a judge begins hearing a major debt restructuring case that critics say will only further
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Police: Man smashed 3-year-old child's head on floor

Police in Connecticut say a man smashed a 3-year-old girl's head on a concrete floor, fracturing her skull, because she said something rude to him
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Chilean bishops meet Francis year after disastrous pope trip

A delegation of Chilean bishops has met with Pope Francis a year after he threw his papacy into turmoil by strongly defending a Chilean bishop accused of coveri
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Heat hang on late, top Grizzlies 112-108

Wade comes up big in final seconds, and Heat hang on to beat Grizzlies 112-108
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UCLA's Amaya taken with top pick in MLS SuperDraft

Major League Soccer's expansion Cincinnati team has selected UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya with the No. 1 pick in the league's SuperDraft
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Prison guard gets 3 years in prison in Turkey-related case

A New York prison guard who admitted accepting over $25,000 in cash bribes to smuggle cellphones, alcohol and food to a wealthy Turkish gold trader has been sen
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Spain's far-right Vox party allies with mainstream rivals

Spain's far-right Vox party has staked its claim to a place in the political mainstream, dropping its more extremist positions to help form a regional governmen
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Hector Santiago agrees to minor league contract with Mets

Left-hander Hector Santiago has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets, a deal that includes a $2 million salary in the major leagues if added
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David Wright to become New York Mets special adviser

Former New York Mets captain David Wright becoming special adviser to chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen
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Ex-Cuban vice president, Bay of Pigs commander, dies at 95

Cuban Vice President Jose Ramon Fernandez, a retired brigadier general who was key in forming the communist country's new army and commanded Cuban defenses at t
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