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North Korea executes leader's uncle as a traitor

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that it executed Kim Jong Un's uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader's former mentor, long considered the country's No. 2.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013

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GOP struggle widens as Boehner rebukes hard right

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican establishment's much-anticipated pushback against the tea party wing is underway. House Speaker John Boehner made that clear Thursday, when he renewed his denunciation of groups that try to defeat GOP incumbents they consider too willing to compromise with Democrats.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013

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This year, NYC SantaCon aims to curb ho-ho no-no's

NEW YORK (AP) — When red-suited revelers throng the city's streets and taverns under the banner of SantaCon, some see an outpouring of holiday spirit, not to mention spirits. But to others, it's the blight before Christmas.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013

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Missing American in Iran was on unapproved mission

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA — but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013

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A year since Delhi rape, women see key changes

NEW DELHI (AP) — The phones were ringing nonstop in the tiny, windowless office in downtown New Delhi, with urgent appeals from desperate women.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013

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UN inspectors confirm Syria chemical attack

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chemical weapons were probably used in four locations in Syria this year, in addition to the confirmed attack near Damascus in August that forced the government to abandon its secret chemical stockpile, U.N. inspectors have said.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013

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Mild 2013 cuts Arctic a break, warming woes remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rapid melting in the Arctic eased up this year. But the government says global warming is still dramatically altering the top of the world, reducing the number of reindeer and shrinking snow and ice, while increasing certain fish and extending the growing season.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013

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US unemployment aid applications surge to 368,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013

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