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Severe smog hovers over Beijing on Day 2 of red alert

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing residents stayed indoors, schools were closed and limits on cars, factories and construction sites kept pollution from spiking even higher Wednesday, the second of three days of restrictions triggered by the city's first red alert for smog.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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Venezuela opposition wins supermajority in National Assembly

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition won a key two-thirds majority in the National Assembly in legislative voting, according to final results released Tuesday, dramatically strengthening its hand in any bid to wrest power from President Nicolas Maduro after 17 years of socialist rule.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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Regional conference backs resumption of Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A regional conference held in Pakistan on Wednesday ended with calls for the resumption of Afghan-Taliban peace negotiations and an agreement by Islamabad and New Delhi to relaunch bilateral talks that broke down in August over tensions in Kashmir.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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AP WAS THERE: John Lennon was shot 35 years ago

NEW YORK (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: The death of John Lennon still reverberates as a defining moment for a generation and for the music world.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2015

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Fear at the tap: Uranium contaminates water in the West

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — In a trailer park tucked among irrigated orchards that help make California's San Joaquin Valley the richest farm region in the world, 16-year-old Giselle Alvarez, one of the few English-speakers in the community of farmworkers, puzzles over the notices posted on front doors: There's a danger in their drinking water.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2015

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Small businesses in limbo as Congress debates tax break

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners are on edge as they wait to see if Congress will approve a big increase in the tax break they get to buy new equipment.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2015

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House set to tighten controls on visa-free travel to US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is preparing to tighten controls on visa-free travel to the U.S. following the Paris terror attacks.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2015

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Shooting suspect asked for directions to clinic

DENVER (AP) — The man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado asked at least one person in a nearby shopping center for directions to the facility before opening fire, a law enforcement official said, offering the clearest suggestion yet that he was targeting the reproductive health organization.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2015

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