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Muslim pilgrims gather for pinnacle of hajj in Saudi Arabia

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslim pilgrims from around the world began gathering before dawn Wednesday in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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European markets rise, US set to gain despite Asia drop

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — European stocks rose on Wednesday, with shares of Volkswagen stabilizing after its emissions rigging scandal triggered a dramatic slide. Wall Street was expected to open higher but Asian markets took a hit from weak Chinese factory data.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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Federal judge rules 'Happy Birthday' song in public domain

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song "Happy Birthday To You" for years does not hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the mostly widely sung in the world, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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Former peanut exec gets 28 years in prison for outbreak

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Before federal marshals led him from the courtroom en route to prison, possibly for the rest of his life, Stewart Parnell apologized years after his company's peanut butter spawned a deadly outbreak of salmonella poisoning.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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Kentucky clerk could head back to court over licenses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — She's already spent five days in jail, and now a Kentucky clerk could be back in court soon for altering marriage license forms issued to same-sex couples.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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EU talks about migrant crisis; tensions rise in SE Europe

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — While migrants scuffled with police at a transit camp in Croatia, nations in southeast Europe scolded and threatened each other Tuesday as the unrelenting flow of asylum-seekers raised diplomatic tensions to a boiling point.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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California wildfire evacuees return to ashes, damage

Krystal La Plante and her boyfriend returned to the remains of their three-bedroom home in Anderson Springs and all they found was a ceramic drip coffee pot and one of her pottery pieces. Her little "piece of heaven" flanked by trees as high as she could see, was gone.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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Clinton adds details to plans on prescription drug costs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is laying out a new plan to rein in the rising cost of prescription drugs, seeking to build upon President Barack Obama's health care law.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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