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Support for legal abortion at highest level in 2 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for legal abortion in the U.S. has edged up to its highest level in the past two years, with an Associated Press-GfK poll showing an apparent increase in support among Democrats and Republicans alike over the last year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 December 2015

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British troops deploy to Afghan province amid Taliban battle

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Fierce battles were underway Tuesday between Afghan forces and the Taliban in southern Helmand province where the insurgents have almost completely captured a strategic district as Britain deployed military advisers to the restive area.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 December 2015

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Venomous sea snake washes onto Southern California shore

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A dead yellow-bellied sea snake from southern Mexico has been discovered on Bolsa Chica beach, only the third one ever reported in California.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 December 2015

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US troops killed near Bagram, Taliban insurgency intensifies

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol Monday killing six foreign troops, among them Americans, in the deadliest attack on international forces since August.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2015

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Street gangs migrate from drugs to white-collar crimes

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The Van Dyke Money Gang in New York made off with more than $1.5 million this year — but it wasn't in gunpoint robberies or drug running, it was a Western Union money order scheme. In New Jersey, 111 Neighborhood Crips used a machine to make dozens of fake gift cards for supermarkets, pharmacies and hardware stores. In South Florida, gangs steal identities to file false tax returns.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2015

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APNewsBreak: Port visits resume for nuclear-armed Navy subs

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nuclear-armed U.S. submarines that went more than a decade without calling on foreign ports in part because of post-Sept. 11 security concerns are once again visiting other countries, a shift intended to underscore their global presence and lift sailor morale.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2015

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Driver repeatedly plows into people on Vegas Strip; 1 dies

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A driver with a 3-year-old in her car repeatedly smashed into crowds of visitors on the Las Vegas Strip, killing a woman from Arizona and injuring dozens of others, authorities said.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2015

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AP Investigation: US power grid vulnerable to foreign hacks

 

EDITOR'S NOTE _ Part a yearlong effort by The Associated Press and the Associated Press Media Editors, examining the state of America's infrastructure.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Security researcher Brian Wallace was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university's housing files when he stumbled into a larger nightmare: Cyberattackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the United States power grid.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2015

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