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AP Exclusive: Most sex offender parolees exempt from ban

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three-quarters of California's paroled sex offenders previously banned from living near parks, schools and other places where children congregate now face no housing restrictions after the state changed its policy in response to a court ruling that said the prohibition only applies to child molesters, according to data compiled at the request of The Associated Press.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 December 2015

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Wisconsin gun shop to pay $1M to settle officers' lawsuit

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin gun shop will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit in which a jury found it negligently sold a gun used to injure two Milwaukee police officers, the store's attorney said.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 December 2015

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New laws to ease doctor shortage see long delays, criticism

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Missouri law offered a first-of-its-kind solution to the physician shortage plaguing thousands of U.S. communities: Medical school graduates could start treating patients immediately, without wading through years of traditional residency programs.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 December 2015

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Negotiators analyze 'final draft' of climate pact in Paris

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — France presented negotiators from 190 nations with what it called a "final draft" of an unprecedented climate deal to slow global warming and urged them to approve it on Saturday. The deal, called the "Paris agreement," would limit rising temperatures and sea levels, and eventually hold man-made emissions to the levels that nature can absorb.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2015

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Officer guilty of raping black women 'picked the wrong lady'

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A "serial rapist with a badge" who faces many years in prison for raping black women on his police beat was caught because of the courage of a grandmother who refused to remain silent after he sexually assaulted her, her lawyer said Friday.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2015

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Saudi women vote for the first time in landmark election

 

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Thousands of Saudi women headed to polling stations across the kingdom on Saturday, both as voters and candidates for the first time in a landmark election.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2015

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Authorities: Fire at Southern California mosque was arson

COACHELLA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California mosque was damaged in a fire that authorities said was intentionally set.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2015

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DuPont, Dow Chemical seek merger, then 3-way split

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dow Chemical and DuPont are merging to form a company valued at about $130 billion as they try to counter falling commodities prices and weakness in some key markets that have pressured their giant agriculture and chemicals businesses.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2015

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