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Efforts made to protect homeless as storm hits California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The most powerful El Nino storm yet this week pushed onto the California coast Wednesday as police and outreach teams kept an eye on Los Angeles riverbeds where thousands of homeless people live and would be vulnerable to flash flooding.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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North Korea says it tested H-bomb to widespread skepticism

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test — a self-proclaimed "H-bomb of justice" that would mark a major and unanticipated advance for its still-limited nuclear arsenal.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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Iraq offers to mediate between Saudi Arabia, Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraq on Wednesday offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran after tensions soared following the kingdom's execution of a Shiite cleric and attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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Gun buyer in San Bernardino attack pleads not guilty

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The man who bought the rifles used in the San Bernardino attack pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a federal indictment accusing him of conspiring with one of the shooters and to provide material support to terrorists.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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US stocks sink on new China worries, North Korean bomb claim

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks took their second big loss of the week Wednesday on more signs of weakness from China's economy. Oil prices again fell sharply, nearing their lowest level in 12 years. Energy stocks fell far more than the rest of the market. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is on pace for its lowest close since October.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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Trying to right itself, a criminal investigation at Chipotle

NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle reported a sales plunge of 30 percent for December after a series of food scares at its restaurants and disclosed that a federal criminal investigation tied to the sickening of customers has begun.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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Mining industry deaths at all-time low in 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Federal officials say U.S. mining industry deaths reached an all-time low in 2015.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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Powerball jackpot surges to $500M in hours before drawing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $500 million as more people across the country buy a chance at the biggest prize in nearly a year.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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