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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is calling the killing of a Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State group a "vile murder." A video released by the group purportedly shows the pilot being burned alive. President Barack Obama has met at the White House today with Jordan's King Abdullah II, who had been in Washington on a previously scheduled trip.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is calling on a coordinated regional military response against the terrorist group Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM'), which operates in Nigeria and neighboring countries. The council says it has "deep concern" that the extremists are "undermining the peace and stability of the West and Central African region."

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not expected to pass the Senate and would be vetoed if it did, but the Republican-controlled House has voted along party lines for a bill that would repeal the health care law. The vote was 239-186. The House has voted more than 50 times in the past four years to overturn the law.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Credit rating giant Standard & Poor's will have to pay a $1.38 billion penalty for its role in fueling the subprime mortgage meltdown. The fine settles claims by the federal government, 19 states and the District of Columbia. But one financial expert says the fine is just a traffic ticket and doesn't fix anything. That's because S&P is still paid by the companies whose securities it rates.

DENVER (AP) — Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has not commented on allegations he hit two parked cars with a SUV but agreed to let his girlfriend take the blame to avoid media attention. Police say the accident happened Dec. 28 after a night of partying in Aspen, Colorado. Armstrong has been cited for speeding and for failing to report an accident.

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