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at 18:15 on December 19, 2014, EST.

Lawyers for people hurt in US state stage collapse find settlement with Sugarland, Live Nation

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday.

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at 18:06 on December 19, 2014, EST.

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza, first in the territory since summer war

JERUSALEM - The Israeli military says it has carried out an airstrike on a Hamas site in Gaza, its first strike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.

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at 17:58 on December 19, 2014, EST.

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro silent amid historic thaw in Cuba-US relations

HAVANA - Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro.

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at 17:28 on December 19, 2014, EST.

PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK: Mayor did his part, bringing NFL draft back to Chicago.

CHICAGO - Rahm Emanuel traded Washington politics for the City of Big Shoulders because here, at least, he figured he could actually fix things.

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at 17:19 on December 19, 2014, EST.

Parents of Colorado theatre shooting suspect rekindle emotional debate with plea for his life

DENVER - The parents of the gunman who killed 12 people at a Colorado movie theatre pleaded Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain —rekindling the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.

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at 17:15 on December 19, 2014, EST.

Mandy Rice-Davies, key figure in Cold War scandal that rocked British politics, dies at 70

LONDON - Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70.

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