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California man confesses to 1993 killing in TV interview

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Redding, Jan 13 (AP) - A Northern California man confessed to a 1993 killing in an emotional interview with a television station, saying his faith in God led him to do the right thing.
Brian Hawkins told KRCR of Redding that he and two accomplices robbed and killed 19-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister, whose slaying was unsolved for nearly 25 years.
The 44-year-old Hawkins refused to give any details about the killing in Tuesday's interview but said living with the secret had been "absolutely...
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Final day of talks on possible German govt coalition

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Berlin, Jan 11 (AP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed confidence Thursday that her conservative Union bloc would be able to find enough common ground with the center-left Social Democrats to move toward for-mal coalition talks.
Heading in to final day negotiations, Merkel told reporters in...
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Pakistani father of slain girl blames police for slow action

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Lahore, Jan 11 (AP) - The father of an 8-year-old Pakistani girl whose rape and killing shocked the nation ac-cused the police on Thursday of being slow to respond when his daughter went missing in eastern Punjab prov-ince.
The father, Anees Ansari, who was on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia with...
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17 dead in California mudslides, more than a dozen missing

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Montecito, Jan 11 (AP) - Anxious family members awaited word on loved ones Wednesday as rescue crews searched grimy debris and ruins for more than a dozen people missing after mudslides in Southern California destroyed an estimated 100 houses, swept cars to the beach and left at least 17 victims...
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Pakistani mob angered by rape, murder of girl attacks police

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Lahore, Jan 10 (AP) - A mob angered over the recent rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl attacked a police station and nearby government building in eastern Punjab province on Wednesday, triggering clashes that left at least two people dead and several injured, the police said.
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