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UN health chief: Zika virus is 'spreading explosively'

GENEVA (AP) — Declaring that the Zika virus is "spreading explosively," the World Health Organization announced it will hold an emergency meeting of independent experts Monday to decide if the outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016

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3 more arrested as Bundy urges refuge occupiers to leave

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Three members of an armed group occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge surrendered to authorities, officials said, hours after their jailed leader urged remaining militants to abandon the site and "go home."

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016

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5 arrests in search for escaped inmates; escapees still free

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The investigation of a daring California jail break has led to the arrests of five people, with more expected soon, but the three inmates who escaped remain at large, the Orange County sheriff said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016

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Ferguson, US reach tentative deal on police overhaul

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Ferguson Police Department has agreed to overhaul its policies, training and practices as part of a sweeping deal with the Justice Department following the 2014 fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, city and federal officials announced Wednesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016

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Iconoclastic presidential hopefuls worry Dems, GOP in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are energizing grassroots voters as the first balloting of the 2016 presidential race draws near. Yet the three maverick contenders are also alarming political operatives over the damage each could wreak on their own parties' House candidates this November.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016

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Poll: Uninsured sit on the sidelines as sign-up season ends

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most uninsured Americans are sitting on the sidelines as sign-up season under the federal health law comes to a close, according to a new poll that signals the nation's historic gains in coverage are slowing.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016

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AP sources: Panel proposes ban on air shipments of batteries

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.N. panel recommended that cargo shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries be banned from passenger airliners because the batteries can create fires capable of destroying planes, said aviation officials familiar with the decision.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016

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Fed keeps rates unchanged, will monitor global pressures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is pledging to closely monitor developments in the global economy and financial markets, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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