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Notorious Mexican Drug Boss Wins Release From U.S. Prison

A best-selling book and a popular ballad have been written about Sandra Avila Beltran. The so-called Queen of the Pacific is Mexico's best-known female drug boss. She is notorious for her lavish lifestyle and love of cosmetic surgery. And soon she'll be heading home from a U.S. prison after winning her release in a plea deal.
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Statue Brings Friction Over WWII Comfort Women To California

A sculpture memorializing the East Asian women forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II is causing a stir in Glendale, Calif. An identical statue in Seoul has become a focal point of tension among former "comfort women" and some Japanese who say the women's stories are untrue.
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Head-On Train Collision In Switzerland Leaves Dozens Injured

One official said the crash, which happened on the outskirts of Bern, could have been more catastrophic. The cause of the collision is under investigation.
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No Safe Places In Syria: Photographer Abducted At Media Center

Polish photographer Marcin Suder was staying at a media center in the rebel-held town of Saraqeb when a group of masked men reportedly stormed in and took him. The center was once considered a safe haven, but not anymore.
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Putin's Latest Feat Of Derring-Do? Bagging A Really Big Fish

The Russian president has had himself photographed in a variety of macho images. The photographs have been criticized, but have done little to dim his popularity.
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Pope Francis Discusses Gay Catholics: 'Who Am I To Judge?'

In an unusually candid news conference, the pope said gay people should be integrated into society instead of being ostracized. His view of gays is being seen as diverging from his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. He also divulged what he keeps in his black bag.
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Mounting Tensions Between The U.S. And Russia

Tensions between the U.S. and Russia mount over NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the Kremlin’s new anti-gay laws and Syria. A panel joins Diane to discuss the chilly turn in U.S.-Russian relations.

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BMW's Electric Compact May Come With An Optional SUV Backup

BMW, which unveiled its all-electric i3 compact sedan on Monday, will reportedly give customers the option of booking a gas-powered SUV for a few weeks each year. The move is part of efforts to ease customers' concerns about relying on an electric vehicle year-round.
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Group Faults Apple For Labor Violations At China Supplier

New York-based China Labor Watch says violations at three factories in China run by Taiwan-based Pegatron Group "are even worse than those at Foxconn factories." Apple said it will investigate.
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Italian Investigators Search For Cause Of Deadly Tour Bus Crash

At least 38 people died after bus crashed through a guardrail and fell nearly 100 feet to the rough terrain below, Italian news agencies say.

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