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Stocks drop sharply in afternoon as oil price falls again

NEW YORK (AP) — Another slump in oil prices to seven-year lows on Friday is sparking a global sell-off in stocks. Investors dumped stocks Europe, then moved on to U.S. markets where indexes are dropping sharply across industries.

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Armed man arrested at Arkansas State University; no shots

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — An armed man who had posted on Facebook that he was homicidal drove onto the Arkansas State University campus Thursday, sparking a lockdown before police took him into custody without any shots fired, university and police officials said.

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US commandos say no to women in special operations jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The men in the U.S. military's most dangerous jobs care little about political correctness or gender equality. And they have a message for their political leadership.

When they are fighting in the shadows or bleeding on the battlefield, women have no place on their teams.

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Amid disputes, critical Paris climate talks run over

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — High-stakes climate talks outside Paris are dragging into an extra day as diplomats try to overcome disagreements over how — or even whether — to share the costs of fighting climate change and shift to clean energy on a global scale.

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Oklahoma ex-cop guilty of 18 counts in sex assaults trial

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of raping and sexually victimizing eight women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood.

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US officials search for missed red flags ahead of shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government appears not to have picked up on extremist messages exchanged during the online courtship two years ago between the American-born man accused in the California shootings and his then-fiancée in Pakistan, according to lawmakers detailing closed-door briefings by federal officials on Capitol Hill.

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Congress in final-stage talks on massive budget, tax bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers and the White House are rushing to finalize a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill and a sprawling tax package touching all sectors of the economy, then head home for the holidays.

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'Nothing to forgive:' US vet on crashed plane back in Japan

INZAI, Japan (AP) — Scott Downing, 96, was back in the Japanese farmland where he was taken prisoner of war 70 years ago, shaking hands with the people of the tiny town where his plane crashed near the end of World War II.

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