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Upside-down weather pattern across US linked to El Nino

SEATTLE (AP) — Astrid Rau just baked 16 kinds of Christmas cookies, including a batch in the shape of snowflakes. But she's nevertheless having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, thanks to forecasts that have the temperature in her hometown of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, hitting 72 degrees on Thursday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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British MP says US denied boarding to Muslim family

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron's office says he will look into a lawmaker's claim that U.S. officials prevented a British Muslim family from flying to Disneyland for a planned holiday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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No charges for Bland jailers, but arrest to face scrutiny

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A Texas grand jury declined to indict sheriff's officials or jailers in the death of a black woman at a county jail last summer, three days after a state trooper pulled her over for a minor traffic violation that led to a combative exchange and her arrest. The grand jury's decision in the death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland does not conclude the matter. Here are some things to know about where the case stands:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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Woman dies after being forcibly removed from hospital

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A woman who refused to leave a hospital when doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police, authorities said Tuesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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Bowe Bergdahl arraigned at North Carolina Army base

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Wearing a dress blue uniform, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a military judge Tuesday for the first time since the U.S. Army decided to proceed with a military trial that could result in a life sentence for his disappearance in Afghanistan in 2009.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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Door panel saves man buried 67 hours in China landslide

BEIJING (AP) — Squeezed into a narrow room under piles of debris for 67 hours, a young man was saved by a door that trapped his foot but gave him space to survive. Rescuers on Wednesday pulled him from the massive mudslide that hit part of a major manufacturing city in southern China.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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Man held decades in Colorado for rape he denies walks free

DENVER (AP) — A Denver man who spent more than a quarter-century in prison for an attack he denies committing walked arm-and-arm with his wife from the doors of the jail Tuesday to applause from his children and hugs from grandkids he had never met.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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Woman charged with murder, hit-and-run in Vegas Strip crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a homeless woman with murder, child abuse and hit-and-run after police said she intentionally plowed a car carrying her young daughter through crowds of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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