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Senate bill could cut nonviolent drug offenders' sentences

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nonviolent drug offenders could be eligible for shorter prison sentences under legislation approved by a Senate panel Thursday, as Congress took initial steps to change the nation's criminal justice system.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2015

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Clinton done, Democrats hint they may quit Benghazi panel

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are signaling they may quit a Republican-led committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks after Hillary Rodham Clinton endured a grueling interrogation by GOP lawmakers at a marathon congressional hearing.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2015

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Premiums expected to rise in many health law markets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums are expected to rise in many parts of the country as a new sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law starts Nov. 1. But consumers have options if they're willing to shop, and an upgraded government website will help them compare.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2015

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Obama vetoes $612 billion defense bill in rebuke to GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill Thursday in a rebuke to congressional Republicans, and insisted they send him a better version that doesn't tie his hands on some of his top priorities.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2015

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42 killed, mainly retirees, in French bus-truck collision

PUISSEGUIN, France (AP) — A truck and a bus transporting retirees on a day trip collided and caught fire Friday in wine country in southwest France, killing 42 people and badly injuring four others, authorities said. It was the nation's deadliest road accident in more than 30 years.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2015

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Kerry, in Vienna, seeks diplomatic solution to Syrian war

VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian, Saudi and Turkish counterparts met in Vienna on Friday, seeking to revive a moribund effort to end Syria's civil war.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2015

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Idaho agency finds historic footage of parachuting beavers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than half a century after a group of beavers parachuted into the Idaho backcountry, officials have uncovered footage of the quirky wildlife management moment.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2015

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Police: Come claim 50 pounds of pot shipped to wrong address

HAZLET, N.J. (AP) — Police in a New Jersey town are asking the person who was expecting 50 pounds of marijuana in the mail to come claim the package.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2015

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