Spider-Man creator, comic book titan Stan Lee dies

Spider-Man creator, comic book titan Stan Lee dies

Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a host of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture and saw big bucks at the box office, has died at 95.
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Delta sees fuel costs dropping

Delta says fuel costs will drop and strong travel demand will boost profit in 2019. As Fred Katayama reports, United is bucking the trend by expanding its flight network as rivals scale back plans.
Busted: 70 finches hidden in hair rollers at JFK

Busted: 70 finches hidden in hair rollers at JFK

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Italy lowers deficit target, EU sees progress on budget row

Italy lowers deficit target, EU sees progress on budget row

Short-dated Italian bond yields hit their lowest level in six months on Thursday after the country's government confirmed it would cut its deficit goal for 2019, potentially ending months of wrangling between Rome and Brussels.
Bruised UK leader seeks Brexit help from Brussels

Bruised UK leader seeks Brexit help from Brussels

Britain's weakened Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels on Thursday to lobby European leaders for help after she survived a parliamentary mutiny that highlighted the deadlock over Brexit.
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Hugs and cheers after West Virginia mine rescue

Hugs and cheers after West Virginia mine rescue

Rescuers on Wednesday found alive three people who had been lost in a West Virginia mine for four days and brought them to safety.
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China makes first big U.S. soybean purchase since Trump-Xi truce

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Sterling gains as May seeks help in Brussels, stocks fall

Sterling gains as May seeks help in Brussels, stocks fall

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Fire destroys thousands of voting machines ahead of key Congo vote

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Beijing eases back on 'Made in China 2025'

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Turkish high speed train collided with another locomotive and crashed into an overpass at a train station in Ankara on Thursday, killing at least four people and injuring nearly 50.
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Rats on the loose interrupt Colombian Senate

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Colombia's Senate was interrupted on Tuesday after protesters reportedly threw rats in the chamber, according to local media.
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Train crash in Turkey kills several people

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Second Canadian missing in China

Second Canadian missing in China

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Bill rebuking Riyadh advances in Senate

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U.S. stocks closed up but well below their session highs on Wednesday as investors pulled back in the last few minutes of trading despite optimism about U.S.-China trade relations.
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Trump ex-lawyer Cohen given 3 years in prison

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President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday.
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Pope demotes two cardinals over sex abuse

Pope demotes two cardinals over sex abuse

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Syria pharma industry on the mend despite seven years of ciivl war

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Christmas market gunman has 27 prior convictions

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