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US voices solidarity with Japan on China air spat

TOKYO (AP) — Seeking to soothe an anxious ally, the U.S. voiced solidarity with Japan on Tuesday against China's claim to airspace over disputed islands, vowing not to tolerate the aggressive move as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden prepared to deliver that message personally to Beijing.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013

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Lawmakers convening special session on pensions

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers were poised Tuesday to vote on a plan to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis — a proposal many are calling the most important vote of their careers and one that could deeply reduce the retirement benefits of hundreds of thousands of workers and retirees.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013

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UN: Syria crimes evidence 'indicates' Assad role

GENEVA (AP) — A growing body of evidence collected by U.N. investigators points to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad, in crimes against humanity and war crimes, the U.N.'s top human rights official said Monday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013

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NTSB: 2nd data recorder found in derailed NY train

NEW YORK (AP) — Two data recorders retrieved from the commuter train that veered off a sharply curved track by a river's edge, killing four people, may shed light on key factors including the train's speed and how brakes were applied, a National Transportation Safety Board member said Monday as the agency sought to ask the engineer and conductor what went wrong.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013

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Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com is working on a way to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less — via self-guided drone.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013

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'12 Days of Christmas' items top $114K

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The price of lords-a-leaping and ladies dancing has spiked this holiday season, but other items mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" still cost the same as they did last year.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013

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Fertility doctors aim to lower rate of twin births

BOSTON (AP) — Doctors are reporting an epidemic — of twins. Nearly half of all babies born with advanced fertility help are multiple births, new federal numbers show.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013

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Ukrainian protesters besiege government buildings

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of protesters besieged government buildings in Ukraine's capital on Monday to demand the ouster of the prime minister and his Cabinet, as anger at the president's decision to ditch a deal for closer ties with the European Union gripped other parts of the country and threatened his rule.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013

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