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New Orleans musical legend Allen Toussaint dies at 77

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, who racked up hits like "Working in the Coal Mine" and "Lady Marmalade" as a behind-the-scenes songwriter and producer before he gained new fame as a performer, died Tuesday, not long after a performance in Spain. He was 77.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015

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Rhythm on the rails: Music train draws fans from all over

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. (AP) — Stacey Nakasone had a choice to make: fly from her home in Los Angeles to Japan to learn more about taiko drums or take a 50-mile train ride in Vermont.

For Nakasone and about 50 other people this fall, Vermont it was.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015

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Vietnam veterans' bond forged again with kidney donation

NEW YORK (AP) — Serving together in Vietnam, John Middaugh and Henry "Bill" Warner forged an Army-brothers bond they knew was profound and lasting.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

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Toys have best year in a decade

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys are staging a comeback.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

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Senate passes $80B measure for veterans, military bases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed its first spending bill of the year on Tuesday, a popular $80 billion measure for veterans' programs and construction projects on military bases long delayed by infighting over the broader budget.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

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Obama appeals to Supreme Court to save his immigration plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will ask the Supreme Court to save the president's plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation, after lower courts blocked it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

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Myanmar army to keep privileges even with opposition win

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's military-backed ruling party appeared set Tuesday for an overwhelming electoral defeat, but a victory by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy party would not mean the end of military involvement in the nation's politics. Far from it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

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US warns Burundi leaders over killings, urges dialogue

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — The U.S. envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region on Tuesday urged Burundi's government and the opposition to start internationally mediated talks without pre-conditions in order to end the country's political crisis.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

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