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Jailed Venezuela opposition leader rattles cage

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

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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Can identifying mental illness stop terror attacks?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:36pm
LONDON (AP) -- A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada's Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas' capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An Al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death in London....
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Chicago thieves adopt 'crash-and-grab' tactics

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:05pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- All the burglars use the same audacious tactics: A vehicle crashes through a storefront in the wee hours and up to six people in dark clothing and ski masks pour out, grabbing whatever they can with the speed of a NASCAR pit crew....
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US Marine charged in Filipino transgender slaying

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:50pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine government prosecutors charged a U.S. Marine with murder Monday in the killing of a Filipino, saying the suspect acknowledged attacking the victim after he found out she was a transgender woman....
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Netanyahu years continue surge in settlements

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:39pm
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The population of Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank has continued to surge during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's years in office, growing at more than twice the pace of Israel's overall population, according to newly obtained official figures....
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Navajos buy back artifacts at disputed auction

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:10pm
PARIS (AP) -- The Native American Navajo tribe won its bid Monday to buy back seven sacred masks at a contested auction of tribal artifacts in Paris that netted over a million dollars....
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IllRideWithYou: Aussies offer support to Muslims

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:58pm
Some Australian social media users sent a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege went on for almost a day, offering to accompany anyone who felt intimidated on public transit....
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Police altering tactics after killings, protests

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:12pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- With tensions running high over the killings of blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation....
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Correction: UVa Fraternity-Rolling Stone story

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:26am
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- In a story Dec. 14 related to a Rolling Stone article about a rape on the University of Virginia's campus, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the magazine had retracted the article. The magazine issued a statement in which they noted discrepancies in the piece and apologized....
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Merriam-Webster names 'culture' word of the year

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:14am
NEW YORK (AP) -- A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster's 2014 word of the year: culture....
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American seeks to preserve storied Afghan past

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:54am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Nancy Hatch Dupree fell in love with Afghanistan on her first visit in 1962, and embarked on a lifelong mission to preserve the rich cultural heritage of an ancient land scarred by modern wars....
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'Gone with the Wind' premiere sparked tension

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:07am
ATLANTA (AP) -- Seventy-five years after the premiere of the movie "Gone with the Wind," research is shedding light on the racial tensions that existed at the time between the producer and city of Atlanta officials....
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Analysis: Spending bill a triumph of divided gov't

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:05am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After drawing opposition from both ends of the political spectrum, the $1.1 trillion spending bill cleared for President Barack Obama's signature stands as a triumph of divided government....
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Bryant has 3 TD catches, Cowboys beat Eagles 38-27

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:03am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Dez Bryant backed up his bravado in a big way....
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CIA report revives legal debate on interrogation

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the CIA sought permission to use harsh interrogation methods on a captured al-Qaida operative, the response from Bush administration lawyers was encouraging, even clinical....
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Japan's Abe faces battle on reforms despite win

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:29am
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Monday to prevail over resistance to his plans for economic and political change following a weekend election victory that gives him up to four more years in power....
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Cancer patients testing drugs on mouse 'avatars'

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:07am
Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same - with the hope of curing their own disease....
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Bryant has 3 TD catches, Cowboys beat Eagles 38-27

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:51am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Dez Bryant went after Malcolm Jenkins in warmups and ran away from the rest of Philadelphia's secondary and into the end zone the rest of the night....
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Kobe surpasses Jordan, Lakers beat Timberwolves

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 11:03pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kobe Bryant has shot more than 11,000 free throws in his NBA career. He has been at the line in critical moments with championships hanging in the balance....
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