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Ukrainian protesters besiege government buildings

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of protesters besieged government buildings in Ukraine's capital on Monday to demand the ouster of the prime minister and his Cabinet, as anger at the president's decision to ditch a deal for closer ties with the European Union gripped other parts of the country and threatened his rule.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013

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China launches first moon rover, the 'Jade Rabbit'

BEIJING (AP) — China launched its first rover mission to the moon Monday, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013

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Critical thinking hallmark of Common Core class

EDITOR'S NOTE _ This is the first in a package of three stories exploring how teachers are incorporating Common Core State Standards, academic benchmarks adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, in the classroom, why those standards are being criticized and how they've created strange bedfellows.

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Record crowds over weekend, but spending declined

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers got Americans into stores during the start to the holiday shopping season. Now, they'll need to figure out how to get them to actually shop.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013

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Diagnosis: HealthCare.gov on the mend

WASHINGTON (AP) — Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage — if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.

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Gay weddings become reality in Hawaii with new law

HONOLULU (AP) — Same-sex couples are taking advantage of Hawaii's newfound aloha for gay weddings.

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NYC train derailment kills 4, hurts more than 60

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve derailed Sunday, killing four people and injuring more than 60 in a crash that threw some riders from toppling cars and swiftly raised questions about whether excessive speed, mechanical problems or human error could have played a role.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013

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UN in Iraq worried about uptick in bodies found

BAGHDAD (AP) — The number of Iraqis slain "execution-style" surged last month, the U.N. said Sunday, raising fears of a return of the death squads that killed thousands during the darkest days of sectarian violence that followed the U.S.-led invasion.

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