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Congress OKs bipartisan budget deal, but road ahead not easy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan budget accord Friday that staves off a destabilizing U.S. default, eases the threat of a federal shutdown and spotlights the pitfalls — and opportunities — posed by the current brand of divided government.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 October 2015

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Syrian MP: US decision to send troops is act of aggression

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United States' decision to send troops into Syria is an act of aggression because it does not have the government's agreement, a Syrian member of parliament said Saturday.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 October 2015

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Saudi FM: Assad's future among sticking points on Syria deal

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top diplomat says the timing of the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the withdrawal of foreign fighters remain the main sticking points to finding a lasting resolution to the war in Syria.

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Survivors: Singer at nightclub did not realize fire danger

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Survivors of a deadly nightclub fire and stampede in Romania say the lead singer of the heavy metal band on stage made a joke at first about the fire before it engulfed the basement club in downtown Bucharest.

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Judge denies appeal from Utah inmate facing firing squad

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge denied an appeal Friday from a Utah death row inmate who argued that his sentence of death by firing squad is cruel and unusual punishment.

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Son faces murder charges after parents' remains found

WESTON, Conn. (AP) — The 27-year-old son of a Connecticut couple whose remains were found in a yard months after they disappeared faces murder charges in their deaths, state police said.

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Al Molinaro, drive-in owner in "Happy Days," dies at 96

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — Al Molinaro, the loveable character actor with the hangdog face who was known to millions of TV viewers for playing Murray the cop on "The Odd Couple" and malt shop owner Al Delvecchio on "Happy Days," died Friday at Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, his son Michael Molinaro said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 October 2015

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Iranian-American reportedly detained in Iran; 4th in custody

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-American businessman who advocated better ties between Iran and the U.S. reportedly has been arrested and imprisoned in Tehran, becoming the fourth U.S. citizen known to be held there at a time when hard-liners are pushing back against the country's nuclear deal with world powers.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 October 2015

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