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Japan, Russia agree to expand defense ties

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Russia held their first high-level defense and diplomatic talks Saturday and agreed to step up cooperation between their militaries amid regional security concerns such as North Korea and China.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 November 2013

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Reinstatement of abortion law leaves few options

HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — In a Texas abortion clinic, about a dozen women waited Friday to see the doctor, already aware that they would not be able to end their pregnancies there.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 November 2013

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Lowe, father of IBM personal computer, dies at 72

CHICAGO (AP) — William C. Lowe had a bold idea: IBM should develop a personal computer that could be mass marketed, expanding the company's reach beyond businesses and into people's homes.

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Shutdown slows — but doesn't halt — US car demand

DETROIT (AP) — The government shutdown dampened — but didn't stall — Americans' demand for new cars and trucks.

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Hagel blasts states on same-sex benefits policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013

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Snowden seeks the world's help against US charges

BERLIN (AP) — Edward Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013

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In-flight phones: Others likely to follow FAA lead

LONDON (AP) — America's Federal Aviation Administration says it is relaxing restrictions on the use of smartphones and other electronics inside American airplanes. Passengers are still barred from making calls or downloading data off a cellular network during takeoff or landing, but the OK on using laptops, consoles, e-readers, and other electronics at the beginning and end of each flight will come as a relief to many U.S. travelers. Here's a look at what may be in store for air travelers in the rest of the world.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013

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Officials: US drone kills Pakistani Taliban leader

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. drone strike killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban Friday, U.S. and Pakistani officials said, in a report that if confirmed would be a major blow to the group that comes just a day after the government said it started peace talks with the militants.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013

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