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Armed group in Oregon fears raid; critics decry goals

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The small, armed group occupying a remote national wildlife preserve in Oregon has said repeatedly that local people should control federal lands — a sentiment that frustrates critics who say the lands are already managed to help everyone from ranchers to recreationalists.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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Snyder declares emergency in Flint over water problems

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint on Tuesday over problems with lead in the city's drinking water, the same day federal officials confirmed they're investigating the matter that prompted a local public health emergency.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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VW exec sees US fixes soon in emissions test cheating

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The top executive of the Volkswagen brand worldwide says he's optimistic that U.S. environmental regulators will approve fixes within the coming weeks or months for diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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APNewsBreak: US sees Assad staying in Syria until March 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's best-case scenario for political transition in Syria does not foresee Bashar Assad stepping down as the country's leader before March 2017, outlasting Barack Obama's presidency by at least two months, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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North Korea says it tested H-bomb, though advance doubted

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test — a powerful, self-proclaimed "H-bomb of justice" that would mark a major and unanticipated advance for its still-limited nuclear arsenal.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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Chicago's law department under review after police scandal

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on the defensive again Tuesday, dealing with the fallout from a judge's opinion accusing a top city lawyer of hiding evidence in another case involving a fatal police shooting.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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Drought stricken California welcomes El Nino's storms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Despite the potential for flooding and mudslides, storms moving toward California were welcome news for a state suffering from a severe drought. But officials warned against reverting to old water-use habits.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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Gun buyer in San Bernardino attack faces arraignment

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The friend who bought the assault rifles used in the San Bernardino attack faces arraignment on gun, immigration and terrorism-related charges.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

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