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Christmas comes early to 8-year-old disfigured by fire

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — A little girl who lost her family and suffered disfiguring burns in an arson fire is having an incredible Christmas, thanks to the generosity of thousands of strangers around the world who were moved by her simple Facebook wish.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2015

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After California shooting, fears of Muslim harassment rise

 

NEW YORK (AP) — A severed pig's head was left outside a mosque in Philadelphia. An Islamic center in Florida was defaced. A Sikh temple in California was vandalized by someone who mistook it for a mosque and left graffiti that included a profane reference to the Islamic State group.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2015

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War, low oil prices cripple Iraq Kurds' once-vibrant economy

 

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Less than two years ago, Iraq's northern Kurdish region was booming, as oil revenues poured in and foreign investors flocked to a rare island of stability in a turbulent region, but that all began to change when the black flags of the Islamic State group darkened the horizon.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2015

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AP count: Over 2,400 killed in Saudi hajj stampede, crush

 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The September stampede during the hajj in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,411 pilgrims, a new Associated Press count shows, three times the number of deaths acknowledged by the kingdom three months later.

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Viking hoard found in field sheds light on England's origins

LONDON (AP) — A trove of Viking jewelry and Saxon coins unearthed by an amateur treasure-hunter in a farmer's field may help rescue an English king from obscurity.

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Ex-Fogle associate gets 27 years on child porn charges

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former director of a foundation started by ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to 27 years in prison Thursday for producing child pornography that played a role in Fogle's criminal case.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2015

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Obama signs education law rewrite shifting power to states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling it a "Christmas miracle," President Barack Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of the No Child Left Behind education law on Thursday, ushering in a new approach to accountability, teacher evaluations and the way the most poorly performing schools are pushed to improve.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2015

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Planned Parenthood suspect: 'I am a warrior for the babies'

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man accused of killing three people in an attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic defied his own defense attorney in court, declaring himself a "warrior for the babies" who would not be silenced by the lawyer tasked with potentially saving his life.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2015

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