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    Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

    Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan to North America.

    Jan 30, 2015 4:55 PM

    By Friday afternoon, the Two Eagles team had been in the air more than 143 hours and was smashing the distance record, having traveled more than 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean.“The technology has improved so much in the last couple of years. I don’t think there’s going to be any question about the records,” said Katie Griggs, a regional director with the nonprofit Balloon Federation of America.

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    As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending

    President Barack Obama addresses House Democrats Thursday in Philadelphia.

    Jan 30, 2015 6:14 AM

    As the nation’s ledger adjusts to decreasing levels of deficit spending, the voices in Washington calling for austerity are barely audible. Republicans want more defense spending. Democrats want more domestic spending. And President Barack Obama wants both.

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    IS silent as deadline passes with no swap

    Protesters hold images of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was taken hostage by the Islamic State group, Friday during a rally in front of the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo. Goto’s fate was still unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group.

    Jan 30, 2015 6:09 AM

    The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. “Government institutions are working around the clock on the case of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh,” Jordanian military spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a statement.

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    Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check

    Ida May Fuller, 76, displays a Social Security check for $41.30 that she received at her home in Ludlow, Vermont. On Jan. 31, 1940, Fuller received the country’s first Social Security check for $22.54. By the time she died in 1975 at age 100, she had received nearly $23,000 in benefits.

    Jan 30, 2015 6:19 AM

    Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout. Fuller, of Ludlow, Vermont, didn’t realize it at the time, but her check helped launch the granddaddy of all entitlement programs. And it secured Fuller, who never married and had no children, a place in American history.

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    Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight turns self in in hit-and-run probe

    This image from video shows Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight, right, walking into the Los Angeles County Sheriffs department early Friday morning in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another injured. Man at left is an unidentified police officer.

    Jan 30, 2015 6:11 AM

    Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight turned himself into authorities early Friday after his attorney said the rap mogul accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as he fled attackers. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the incident was being investigated as a homicide and that Knight was a person of interest.

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    Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan

    A Pakistani refugee schoolgirl speaks to her fellow classmates at Gulan camp, some 12 miles from the border in the restive Khost province, Afghanistan. For decades Afghans have fled into Pakistan to escape war and upheaval, but in recent months the tide has reversed, with some 60,000 Pakistanis — more than half of them children — taking refuge in the Gulan camp.

    Jan 30, 2015 6:23 AM

    Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents. For decades Afghans have fled into Pakistan to escape war and upheaval, but in recent months the tide has reversed, with some 60,000 Pakistanis — more than half of them children — taking refuge in the Gulan camp, some 12 miles from the border in the restive Khost province.

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