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House nears passage of $585B defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is moving toward passage of a $585 billion defense policy bill that gives President Barack Obama the authority to expand U.S. military operations against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014

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Philippine storm nears same typhoon-ravaged area

 

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Villagers in the central Philippines fled coastal homes and triggered panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations as a fast-approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year's deadly onslaught of Typhoon Haiyan.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014

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NASA scrubs Orion launch; will try again Friday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Wind gusts and sluggish fuel valves conspired to keep NASA's new Orion spacecraft on the launch pad Thursday, delaying a crucial test flight meant to revitalize human exploration.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014

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2 children, adult killed in Tenn. school bus crash

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two buses bringing children home from school collided on a Tennessee highway Tuesday afternoon, killing two students and an adult and injuring another 27 people.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014

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Justices hear UPS pregnancy discrimination case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is weighing how much employers must do to accommodate pregnant workers under a federal law aimed at combating discrimination against them.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014

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Court grants Texas prisoner execution reprieve

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court halted Wednesday's scheduled execution of a Texas prisoner who defense attorneys argue is too delusional to be put to death.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014

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Michael Brown's stepfather apologizes for comments

 

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The stepfather of Michael Brown has apologized for angry comments he made after the grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who killed his stepson, but said his remarks had nothing to do with the arson and looting that ravaged Ferguson and the surrounding area.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014

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Global coalition stepping up against Islamic State

BRUSSELS (AP) — Islamic State militants invaded Iraq's west almost a year ago and overran the nation's second-largest city in June, threatening death and torture to opponents in their way. But the world has been slow to respond, coming together Wednesday for the first high-level meeting of scores of nations now devoted to destroying the rampant insurgency.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014

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