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Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Beijing bans smoking in public spaces

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing has adopted a smoking ban in all indoor public spaces including workplaces and public transport.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Effort to recognize Virginia tribe draws ire

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Egypt court drops murder charges against Mubarak

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed murder charges against former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014

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Obama's action fuels worry about immigration scams

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Advocacy groups barely waited for President Barack Obama to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system to start warning about scams.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014

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Magicians stage effort to restore Houdini's grave

NEW YORK (AP) — Nestled next to the late Lewins, Blums and Levys in a spooky old cemetery in New York City lies the final resting place of America's most legendary magician, interred under a granite monument that bears his stage name in bold letters: Houdini.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014

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Turkey's great escape foils my Thanksgiving plans

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Sundays before Thanksgiving, my farming partner and I brought a live turkey in a burlap sack to our urban farm on the outskirts of Portland. The lanky brown-feathered bird quietly took her place in our chicken coop.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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