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Budget deal splits GOP leaders in House, Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders are criticizing a bipartisan budget deal, parting ways with their House counterparts who shepherded the measure through that chamber last week.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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Futures head higher for second day as Fed gathers

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are heading higher again as the U.S. Federal Reserve opens its highly anticipated two-day policy meeting, the last of the year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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Germany's Merkel starts 3rd term in new coalition

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament elected Chancellor Angela Merkel to a third term as the leader of Europe's biggest economic power on Tuesday, nearly three months after an awkward election result forced her to put together a new governing coalition.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $586 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot soared to $586 million on Monday amid a frenzy of ticket purchases, a jump that pushed the prize closer to the $656 million U.S. record set last year.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013

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NSA phone record collection ruled unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records violates the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches, but put his decision on hold pending a near-certain government appeal.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013

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Freedoms for Saudi university girls end at gates

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Within their female-only campuses, women at Saudi Arabia's universities let loose. Trendy sneakers, colorful tops, a myriad of hairstyles. Some experiment with bleach blonde or even dip-dyed blue hair. The more adventurous ones have cropped their hair into short buzzes.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013

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Can this marriage be saved? GOP, hard-right groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders and several hard-right groups are displaying the classic signs of a political divorce, including bitter name-calling and reprisals against one another.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013

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Fake signer at Mandela event accused in mob attack

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Just when it seemed the scandal over the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial had run its course, a cousin and three friends say he was part of a mob that accosted two men found with a stolen television and burned them to death by setting fire to tires placed around their necks.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013

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