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Afghan quake death toll rises further as survivors await aid

SHANGLA, Pakistan (AP) — Afghanistan and Pakistan were scrambling Wednesday to rush aid to survivors of this week's magnitude-7.5 earthquake as the region's overall death toll from the temblor rose to 385.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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The House's big day: Budget deal vote, GOP nominating Ryan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is poised to vote on a bipartisan pact charting a two-year budget truce and Republicans are set to nominate Rep. Paul Ryan as the chamber's new speaker, milestones GOP leaders hope will transform their party's recent chaos into calm in time for next year's presidential and congressional campaigns.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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Officer dressed as homeless man catches drivers using phones

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police officer went undercover dressed as a homeless man to catch people who were using their phones while driving.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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World stocks rise as investors await Fed rate decision

HONG KONG (AP) — World stocks mostly rose Wednesday as investors expected the Federal Reserve to hold off raising interest rates at its policy meeting. Expectations for more stimulus in Japan and the Swedish central bank's decision to step up its monetary support program helped buoy sentiment.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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Feds probing videotaped arrest of disruptive student

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Justice Department opened a civil rights probe Tuesday into the arrest of a student who refused to leave her high school math class, after a deputy was recorded flipping the girl backward in her desk and tossing her across the classroom floor.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

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Carter: US to step up airstrikes, ground raids against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. plans to step up its attacks against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, possibly escalating American action on the ground.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

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Rescuers scramble to reach quake-hit Pakistan, Afghan areas

MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) — As the death toll in the massive earthquake that struck the remote Hindu Kush mountains soared above 300, officials on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border warned on Tuesday that casualty figures will likely leap once relief workers return from villages so remote they can only be accessed on foot or by donkey.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

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GM recalling 1.4M cars; oil leaks can cause engine fires

DETROIT (AP) — For the third time in seven years, General Motors is recalling cars that can leak oil and catch fire, in some instances damaging garages and homes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

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