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at 19:59 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Syrian activists, medics accuse Assad government of chlorine gas attacks; Syria denies it

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.

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at 18:30 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Attorneys for 2 US women held captive say Joan Rivers should apologize for hurtful comment

CLEVELAND - Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced.

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at 19:17 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Oklahoma inmates' delayed execution gives rise to legal quandary, efforts to impeach justices

OKLAHOMA CITY - Two death row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them have placed Oklahoma's two highest courts at odds and prompted calls for impeaching justices on the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

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at 18:44 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Singer Chris Brown's DC assault trial is delayed for months; judge says singer to stay jailed

WASHINGTON - Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case.

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at 18:35 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Florida executes man convicted of killing 2 relatives to prevent one's testimony against him

STARKE, Fla. - Florida has executed a man convicted of murdering two relatives to prevent one of them from testifying against him in a burglary trial.

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at 18:33 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Atlanta boy abducted from driveway says he sang gospel song until his kidnapper freed him

ATLANTA - A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him.

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