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Vatican offers olive branch to US nuns

AP Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:48pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A sweeping Vatican investigation of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States that began five years ago over fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up mostly praising the sisters Tuesday - a major shift in tone and approach under the social justice-minded Pope Francis....
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Qatar: Small country the big new player in sport

AP Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:51am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Leaders of Qatar seem to have a simple formula for their plans over the next decade: money + sports (equals) global fame....
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Communism to capitalism: Romania sees huge changes

AP Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:44am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania has changed dramatically in the 25 years since the people rose up against dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, executed him and began the slow transformation to a market economy and democracy....
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Insurers ease 'Obamacare' deadline

AP Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:26am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January....
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Major militant attacks in Pakistan in recent years

AP Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:10am
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan has been gripped by an insurgency for more than a decade, an internal war with the Taliban and other radical groups that has killed tens of thousands of civilians and security personnel since successive governments in Islamabad joined the United States and its allies in a war against al-Qaida, the Taliban and Islamic extremism in 2001. Tuesday's school attack, which took the lives of at least 126 people, was among the worst in a decade, and follows last summer...
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Major militant attacks in Pakistan in recent years

AP Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:10am
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan has been gripped by an insurgency for more than a decade, an internal war with the Taliban and other radical groups that has killed tens of thousands of civilians and security personnel since successive governments in Islamabad joined the United States and its allies in a war against al-Qaida, the Taliban and Islamic extremism in 2001. Tuesday's school attack, which took the lives of at least 126 people, was among the worst in a decade, and follows last summer...
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Saints beat Bears 31-15, grab South lead

AP Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:23am
CHICAGO (AP) -- Drew Brees saw a different attitude, noticed a better vibe this time....
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'Deluded' hostage-taker saw himself as a martyr

AP Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:10am
SYDNEY (AP) -- He wrote letters to grieving families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan that likened them to "Hitler's soldiers." He was accused of being an accomplice in the murder of his ex-wife, who was stabbed and set on fire....
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AP WAS THERE: Romania's Revolution in 1989

AP Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 5:44am
EDITOR'S NOTE: Twenty-five years ago the people rose up against Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, executed him and set the country on a path to democracy. One of the near victims of the revolt that toppled Ceausescu and communism in Romania was AP correspondent John Daniszewski - now a senior managing editor at the news agency - who, on Dec. 23, 1989, was shot three times while covering the momentous events in the western city of Timisoara. On this anniversary, the AP is making again ava...
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Fight over marijuana more risky in states than DC

AP Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:21am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter....
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Iraq government combats 'ghost soldier' corruption

AP Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:50am
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi government has identified and stopped payment of tens of millions of dollars in salaries previously disbursed to nonexistent troops, known here as "ghost soldiers," as part of the prime minister's vow to tackle corruption in the military and regain a foothold in the battle against the Islamic State group, two senior government officials said....
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Saints beat Bears 31-15, grab South lead

AP Top Stories - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:50pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- Drew Brees and the Saints found a cure for their problems - playing the Bears....
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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

AP Top Stories - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:33pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:...
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Camille Cosby defends husband as 'kind, generous'

AP Top Stories - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:42pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bill Cosby's wife rejected sex assault allegations against her husband of a half-century on Monday, saying the man being accused by at least 15 women of drugging and having sex with them is "a man I do not know."...
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Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general

AP Top Stories - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:41pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Monday approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and some Democrats over his support for gun control and past statements that gun violence is a public health issue....
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Russia raises key rate to protect ailing economy

AP Top Stories - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:22pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bank of Russia has raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent in a desperate move to boost its currency and rescue its troubled economy....
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Kerry, Netanyahu meet as UN efforts heat up

AP Top Stories - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:30pm
ROME (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the U.S. and Israel developed their responses to a draft U.N. resolution that would set a two-year timetable for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord....
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Timeline of Australia hostage drama at Sydney cafe

AP Top Stories - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:25pm
SYDNEY (AP) -- An armed gunman entered a Sydney cafe during Monday morning's rush hour and took an unknown number of hostages. Hours after the crisis began, five people escaped but a number of others remained inside. Then early Tuesday morning, a loud bang was heard and police stormed the cafe....
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Jailed Venezuela opposition leader rattles cage

AP Top Stories - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:46pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Locked up and denounced by Venezuela's government as a terrorist, Leopoldo Lopez may be out of sight, but he is not out of mind....
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Republicans blame Cruz for year-end confirmations

AP Top Stories - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:22pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unhappy Republicans say Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has given President Barack Obama a present this holiday season - a gift certificate good for confirmation of 12 judicial appointments, not long after the voters had delivered the Democrats a lump of coal in midterm elections....
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