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White House pushes to loosen Gitmo transfer rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pushing to overcome obstacles to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, an elusive goal which has frustrated him since he took office. That is setting the White House on a collision course with Congress in its bid to loosen restrictions for moving out detainees.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013

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Calif. boy with leukemia wows crowds as 'Batkid'

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 5-year-old Northern California boy who has battled leukemia for years became a darling of social media and attracted thousands of fans at home and around the country — including the president — as he took on the persona of his favorite superhero.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 November 2013

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Search for missing a hellish routine after typhoon

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — John Lajara peers under a slab of crumbled concrete, lifts a sodden white teddy bear then drops it back into the filth. He reaches again into the rubble and pulls out a boot, a treasured find in this typhoon-flattened village. But he's searching for something far more precious — the body of his brother, Winston.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 November 2013

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Family seeks answers in deadly Mich porch shooting

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a 19-year-old woman who was shot in the face on the porch of a suburban Detroit home say they find it hard to believe their daughter posed a threat to the man charged in her death.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 November 2013

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Bodies in California believed to be missing family

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Four skeletons found in shallow graves in the Southern California desert are believed to be those of a San Diego County family that vanished three years ago, police said Friday, resolving one mystery and raising a host of new questions about what happened to the seemingly happy couple and their two young sons.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 November 2013

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Hagel cites "troubling lapses" among nuke forces

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday there is "no room for error" by those responsible for America's nuclear forces, commenting publicly for the first time on what he called "troubling lapses" in professionalism within the nuclear ranks.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013

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China to ease 1-child policy, abolish labor camps

BEIJING (AP) — China's leaders announced on Friday the first significant easing of the country's one-child policy in nearly 30 years and moved to abolish an often-abused labor camp system, while vowing some of the most ambitious economic reforms in recent Chinese history.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013

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House OKs coverage plans short of Obamacare rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brushing aside a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted Friday to let insurance companies sell individual health coverage to all comers, even if it falls short of the required standards in "Obamacare."

Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013

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