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Philippine typhoon death toll rises above 5,000

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials said Friday.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013

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Syrian Muslim rebel groups say they have unified

BEIRUT (AP) — Powerful Syrian Islamic rebel brigades announced Friday their merger into a single organization, a step meant to hold off surging government forces and stop rival groups from seizing more opposition-held territory.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013

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State Dept: NKorea confirms it's holding American

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Friday that North Korea acknowledges it is holding an American citizen but hasn't granted diplomats consular access so the person's identity is not yet confirmed.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013

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Reverent memorials mark JFK 50th anniversary

DALLAS (AP) — A half dozen Irish soldiers toting guns with brilliantly polished bayonets formed a guard of honor outside the U.S. Embassy in Dublin as the U.S. flag was lowered to half-staff in one of several solemn ceremonies planned Friday to mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013

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Democrats vote to curb filibusters on appointees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate's hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013

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World stocks pushed higher by new Dow high

BANGKOK (AP) — The Dow's first close above 16,000 pushed most world stocks higher Friday but gains were kept in check by worries the Federal Reserve will cut its monetary stimulus soon.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013

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Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science books for use in classrooms across the state but held up one biology text because of alleged factual errors.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013

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Gov't weighs permitting cellphone calls on planes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are "outdated," and it's time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013

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