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Most of Detroit's public schools close amid teacher sick-out

DETROIT (AP) — Most of Detroit's public schools closed for the day on Wednesday due to teacher absences, as disgruntled educators stepped up efforts to protest the governor's plans for the district, its ramshackle finances and dilapidated buildings.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

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South, East brace for big storm, significant snowfall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The South and East are bracing for a nor'easter at week's end with the potential for significant snowfall.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

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Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq is razed

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State group's relentless destruction of ancient cultural sites.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

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Oil prices plunge and stocks hit lowest level since 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Another plunge in the price of crude oil sent stocks sharply lower on Wednesday, bringing the market to its lowest level in nearly two years.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

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NOAA, NASA: 2015 was Earth's hottest by a wide margin

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year wasn't just the Earth's hottest year on record — it left a century of high temperature marks in the dust.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

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Michigan governor on Flint water: 'I let you down'

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he has failed Flint residents but pledged to take new steps to fix the city's drinking water crisis, starting with committing millions in state funding and deploying more National Guard members.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

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Taliban kill 20 in attack at northwest Pakistani university

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen stormed a university in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 20 people and triggering an hours-long gunbattle with the army and police before the military declared the assault in a town near the city of Peshawar was over.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

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Oregon standoff leader attends meeting, hears chants of 'go'

The leader of an armed group who took over a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon weeks ago joined hundreds of area residents at a tense community meeting — listening quietly as many loudly chanted at him to "go."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

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