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Congress crams unfinished agenda into final days

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lame-duck lawmakers return to Washington on Monday facing a stacked agenda and not much time to get it all done before the new Congress convenes in January and a Republican takeover is complete.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014

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Lawyer: Wilson resigned after chief's warning

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson's lawyer says Wilson resigned because he was concerned about the potential for violence against other officers if he didn't.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014

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Department store worker shot on Black Friday dies

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a 22-year-old woman died a day after she was shot inside a Nordstrom department store in Chicago during Black Friday shopping.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014

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Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Beijing bans smoking in public spaces

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing has adopted a smoking ban in all indoor public spaces including workplaces and public transport.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Effort to recognize Virginia tribe draws ire

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Egypt court drops murder charges against Mubarak

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed murder charges against former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014

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