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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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Stores have free rein to recoup shoplifting losses

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Outside the view of paying customers, people accused of shoplifting at Macy's huge flagship store are escorted by security guards to cells in "Room 140," where they can be held for hours, asked to sign an admission of guilt and pay hundreds in fines, sometimes without any conclusive proof they stole anything.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013

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Federal workers' pensions targeted in budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Distinctly unpopular among voters and a scant presence in most congressional districts, federal workers have become an easy target in the hunt for budget savings.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013

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