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Afghanistan gets 'mini-Pentagon' as troops struggle

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — They call it the "mini-Pentagon" -- a white marble building in the heart of Afghanistan's capital built with U.S. funds to serve as the headquarters of a modern military more than a decade in the making.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2015

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UN climate talks inch forward, putting off tough decisions

BONN, Germany (AP) — Two weeks of U.N. climate talks ended Thursday with negotiators trimming a draft global climate pact but leaving core sticking points to be untangled later, before a December summit in Paris where the landmark agreement is to be adopted.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015

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House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under threat of trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico, the House has voted to to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015

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Investigators believe prison employee was in on escape plot

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators believe a prison employee had agreed to be the getaway driver in last weekend's escape by two killers, but she never showed up, a person close to the investigation told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015

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Body of American killed fighting IS handed over to family

BEIRUT (AP) — The body of an American who died fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group in Syria was handed over on Thursday to his family at a Turkish border crossing, a Kurdish official said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015

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Prolific British actor Christopher Lee dies at age 93

LONDON (AP) — Christopher Lee, an actor who brought dramatic gravitas and aristocratic bearing to screen villains from Dracula to the wicked wizard Saruman in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, has died at age 93.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015

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Homeless man gets back nearly $10k in cash left on bus bench

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida homeless man has been reunited with an inheritance of nearly $10,000 in cash, stuffed into two envelopes, which he'd accidentally left on a bus bench.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015

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3 space station astronauts safely return to Earth

DZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan (AP) — A three-person crew from the International Space Station landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan on Thursday after a longer-than-expected orbital stint.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015

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