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Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

SYDNEY (AP) — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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Sony under attack from hackers and ex-employees

NEW YORK (AP) — Threats of violence against movie theaters. Cancelled showings of "The Interview." Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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Pharmacy owners arrested in '12 meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) — Two co-founders and 12 other former employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people were arrested early Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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Manhunt for ex-Marine in 6 killings drags on into 2nd day

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Schools closed and hospitals and other public places tightened security Tuesday as police in suburban Philadelphia hunted for a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Apple wins class-action iPod lawsuit

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California found in favor of Apple on Tuesday in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use

WASHINGTON (AP) — Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Fight over marijuana more risky in states than DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Taliban storm Pakistani school, killing 126

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 126 people, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in years.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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