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Officials: Paris unity demonstration largest in French history

France marchFrance's Interior Ministry said Sunday’s Paris rally for unity was the largest demonstration in France's history — a march organized to show harmony after three days of attacks that left 17 dead.

Calling the rally "unprecedented," the ministry said the demonstrators were so numerous they spread beyond the official march route, making them impossible to count.

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New Pennsylvania Law Causes Towns To Weaken Gun Restrictions

Pennsylvania gun regulations easedBarely a week after taking effect, a novel state law that makes it easier for gun-rights groups to challenge local firearms measures in court is already sparking change: Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania municipalities have agreed to get rid of their potentially problematic ordinances rather than face litigation.

Joshua Prince, an attorney for four pro-gun groups and several residents, cited the new law in putting nearly 100 Pennsylvania municipalities on notice that they would face legal action unless they rescinded their firearms laws.

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'La Dolce Vita' Actress Anita Ekberg Dead At 83

Anita Eckberg dies at 83Anita Ekberg, the Swedish-born actress and sex-symbol of the 1950s and '60s who was immortalized bathing in the Trevi fountain in "La Dolce Vita," has died. She was 83.

Ekberg's lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi confirmed she died in Rome Sunday morning following a series of illnesses. She had been hospitalized most recently after Christmas.

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Official: Islamic State group battle in Iraq kills 30 Kurds

Kurds killed by ISISIslamic State group fighters attempting to retake a town in northern Iraq held by Kurdish peshmerga forces have killed at least 30 Kurds, an Iraqi military spokesman said Sunday.

The battle for the town of Gwer demonstrates the Islamic State group's ability to still launch offensives in Iraq, despite a monthslong campaign of airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition. And while an alliance of Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Sunni and Shiitte militiamen have made some gains, their advance remains tenuous at best.

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Top American military officer says Gitmo creates 'psychological scar on our national values'

Gen. martin DempseyCount the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman among those who believe it's in the national interest to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Gen. Martin Dempsey says the facility at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba "does create a psychological scar on our national values. Whether it should or not, it does."  The U.S. has transferred of a number of detainees recently as President Barack Obama tries to make progress toward his goal of closing Guantanamo.

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Two anti-torture protesters arrested at Dick Cheney's house

CheneyTwo protesters were arrested at the McLean, Virginia, home of former Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday after 20 demonstrators, some in orange prison jumpsuits, walked onto his property to mark the 13th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison.

The protesters from the anti-war group Code Pink walked up to the house before police arrived and asked them to leave, said Fairfax County police spokesman Roger Henriquez. Two members who refused to go were arrested on trespassing charges, he said.

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World leaders join massive crowds in Paris unity rally

Je suis charlieDozens of world leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday to join hundreds of thousands of French citizens set to march amid high security in an unprecedented tribute to victims of last week's attacks.

By midday tens of thousands of people had crammed into Place de la Republique to honor the 17 victims of three days of bloodshed.

Hardened rivals such as the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president, and top representatives from Ukraine and Russia, were gathered together in the giant formal rooms of the Elysee, along with French President Francois Hollande.

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NASA researcher dies in L.A. plane crash

NASA rsearcher dies in plane crashAn Arizona State University researcher has been identified as the pilot who died when a small plane went down Friday on a Los Angeles street, officials said.

The deceased pilot was identified as Alberto Behar, 47, of Scottsdale, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

Behar was an employee at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and also a researcher at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration, according to his profile on LinkedIn, a networking website.

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AirAsia flight black box found, more bodies identified

Air Aaasia black boxAuthorities have discovered the location of the black box of crashed AirAsia flight 8501 and it will be recovered on Monday.

The divers who discovered the flight recorder failed to retrieve it immediately because it was underneath debris. AirAsia Indonesia flight 8501 crashed into the Java Sea one hour after departing Surabaya, Indonesia, on its way to Singapore.

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