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US adults score below average on worldwide test

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's long been known that America's school kids haven't measured well compared with international peers. Now, there's a new twist: Adults don't either.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013

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Gobble tov! American Jews ready for Thanksgivukkah

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a turkey. It's a menorah. It's Thanksgivukkah!

Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013

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White House open to short-term hike in debt limit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats intend to introduce legislation by mid-week to raise the nation's debt limit without the unrelated conditions Republicans have said they intend to seek, officials said Monday, as the White House signaled it would accept even a brief extension in borrowing authority to prevent an unprecedented default.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013

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Stocks fall as government shutdown drags on

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors kept their focus on Washington Monday, sending stocks lower as few signs emerged of a deal to end the U.S. government shutdown and raise the nation's borrowing limit.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013

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With Obama out, others take APEC stage, sort of

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — As some of the world's heavy-weight leaders stood in the spotlight Monday at a regional economic summit, they still managed to be upstaged by who was missing. Even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poked fun at himself while standing in for President Barack Obama, saying when he worked to replace a president nearly a decade ago, "this is not what I had in mind."

Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013

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Syrian army reopens key road to Aleppo

 

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops wrested control of a key road linking the government-held heartland with the embattled northern city of Aleppo, reopening the crucial supply route after heavy fighting with rebels, state media and activists said Monday.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013

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Court won't hear Va. appeal over sodomy law

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down Virginia's anti-sodomy law.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013

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Shutdown spawns vacuum in farm market information

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When Tim Peterson finished planting his 900 acres of winter wheat last week, the usually market-savvy Kansas farmer unexpectedly found himself struggling to make critical marketing decisions without being able to access to vital agricultural reports, casualties of the federal government shutdown.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013

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