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Taliban starts deadly spring offensive

Taliban assailants stormed a government complex in eastern Afghanistan and raided police checkpoints in a series of attacks that killed at least 13 people and marked the start of the group’s spring offensive.

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In Ohio, rare twins are breathing on their own

Twin girls born with a rare condition are breathing on their own and their mom said she and her husband were able to hold them on Mother’s Day. Sarah Thistlethwaite, above, said Jillian and Jenna — who were born holding hands — were removed from ventilators after they were able to breathe comfortably. “It’s just hard to put into words how amazing it feels to know the girls are OK,” she said. The identical twins shared the same amniotic sac and placenta. Such births are called monoamniotic, or “mono mono,” and doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.

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  • In this May 9, 2014 photo, Sarah Thistlethwaite holds her twin daughters, Jenna and Jillian, after her delivery of the monoamniotic twin girls at Akron General Hospital in Akron, Ohio. The identical twin girls shared the same amniotic sac and placenta, which doctors say occurs in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr.)

  • Some shelter from the stormA 7-week old puppy was protected from Colorado’s weekend snowstorm. The storm brought more than a foot of snow to parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, and spawned thunderstorms and tornadoes in the Midwest. While snowfall is common in the mountains in May, significant snowfall at lower elevations like Denver in May only occurs every five or 10 years, climatologist Nolan Doesken said. Denver got 4 to 7 inches of typical heavy, wet snow. In the West, high winds sent dust blowing across Arizona and New Mexico, and the Los Angeles area had been under “red...

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