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American Idol recap: On Wednesday night, Jason Mraz helped the remaining contestants prepare for their performances of viewers requests. Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson hit some high notes, but Alex Preston stole our hearts and the show with a tender performance.Jodi Bradbury
Members of Right Sector and 'self-defense' groups still sit on the square and engage in street fights with other radicals – sending a negative signal about the state of Kiev's control.Fred Weir
Jordan opened Azraq, a second UN-run Syrian refugee camp, this week, rejiggering everything from food choices to toilet location based on three years of trial and error at Zaatari.Nicholas Seeley
Clinton leads Bush--the top Republican choice--by 8 in Florida.David Lightman
Buoyed by the ouster from northern Syria of Islamist extremists and the arrival of new weapons, including U.S.-supplied TOW anti-tank missiles, Western-backed rebels have gone on the offensive in two battle zones and say they’ve gained ground against forces loyal to the government of President Bashar Assad.Roy Gutman
A new investor report predicts that Standard & Poor's 500 companies could shift 90 percent of their workforce from job-based health coverage to individual insurance sold on the nation's marketplaces by 2020.Tony Pugh
In response to US sanctions aimed at Russia's space industry, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin suggested that US astronauts get to the space station using a trampoline. Given a big enough trampoline, could that actually work?Eoin O'Carroll
A candid Pentagon report lays out how massive US aid overwhelmed the Afghan government, empowered warlords, and encouraged spending habits that impeded the war effort.Anna Mulrine
Facing an icy silence from the conservative targets of his racism charges, veteran Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi on Wednesday refused to back down from highly charged remarks in a weekend radio interview.Greg Gordon,William Douglas
The White House on Wednesday dismissed allegations by Republicans that newly released emails prove the administration’s response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, was politically calculated.Lesley Clark,Lindsay Wise
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