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In Virginia's Bible Belt, an Arabic lesson ignites anger

VERONA, Va. (AP) — With the nation already on edge after the attacks in California, a teacher's lesson on Islam in Virginia's Bible Belt sparked an angry meeting of outraged parents that mushroomed into a national denunciation of the educator in the form of thousands of angry emails and social media postings.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015

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UN endorses peace process for Syria, but no mention of Assad

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members unanimously approved a U.N. resolution Friday endorsing a peace process for Syria including a cease-fire and talks between the Damascus government and the opposition, but the text makes no mention of the most contentious issue — the future role of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015

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Pentagon chief: Iraqi strike may be 'mistake' by 2 sides

ABOARD THE USS KEARSARGE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says an American airstrike that may have killed a number of Iraqi soldiers seems to be "a mistake that involved both sides."

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015

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For bears and hares, the mild weather is a mixed bag

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — For now, the El Nino-driven mild weather is a boon to some wildlife, which are able to forage for more food and are using less energy surviving, experts say. But for some species — like snowshoe hares, whose white fur makes them conspicuous to predators — the lack of snow isn't good news.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015

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EU demands Thailand address slavery in its seafood industry

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned Thailand on Friday that it should "promptly" address the human rights and slavery issues that have dogged its seafood industry if it wants to stave off an EU seafood import ban.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015

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Jackpot-fixing investigation expands to more state lotteries

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The allegations read like a movie plot: a lottery industry insider installs an undetectable software program in the computers that pick winning numbers so he can know them in advance. He enlists accomplices to play those numbers and collect the jackpots. And they enrich themselves for years until a misstep unravels their high-tech scheme.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015

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AP Source: Records: Sanders aides saved Clinton voter data

WASHINGTON (AP) — A summary of computer logs shows that four aides to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign accessed proprietary voter data compiled by the campaign of rival Hillary Clinton and some of the aides saved the voter information.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015

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Obama commutes sentences of 95, pardons 2 in year-end spree

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday commuted the sentences of 95 prisoners and pardoned two more, part of a broader effort to rethink a criminal justice system that critics say has resulted in overly harsh and expensive sentences for thousands of drug offenders.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015

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