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Officials: 'Affluenza' teen, mother detained in Mexico

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities said a Texas teenager serving probation for killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck after invoking an "affluenza" defense was in custody in Mexico, weeks after he and his mother disappeared.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 December 2015

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Unintended result: Gacy probe clears 11 unrelated cold cases

CHICAGO (AP) — His task was to solve a cruel mystery decades after a serial killer's death.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 December 2015

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At least 11 die from Texas tornadoes, 13 in Midwest flooding

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in strong tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area and caused substantial damage this weekend, while 13 people died in flooding in the Midwest.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 December 2015

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Study: Kids' asthma rates quiet down after earlier increase

CHICAGO (AP) — Asthma rates in U.S. children have quieted down after a decades-long increase, a government study found, and researchers are trying to pinpoint reasons that would explain the trend.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 December 2015

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Japan, South Korea settle sex slave issue with gov't funds

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and South Korea announced a breakthrough Monday, putting an end to a decades-long impasse over Japan's exploitation of Asian women, including many Koreans, at military-run brothels before and during World War II. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a pledge from South Korea to halt criticism of Japan over the issue, something that an earlier 1995 Japanese apology and government-organized welfare plan failed to achieve. Here's what each plan entailed and why this one appears to have succeeded:

Last Updated on Monday, 28 December 2015

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Alabama tornado adds to Christmas storm woes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Christmastime wave of severe weather continued to make its way around the South as a tornado touched down in north-central Alabama, including part of Birmingham, the state's largest city.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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New wave of migrant children explain why they traveled solo

MISSION, Texas (AP) — The seven children had just crossed the river, shoes still caked with mud, when U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped them.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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AP Interview: Climate deal caps a long quest for UN chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — When international negotiators reached a first-of-its kind climate change agreement in Paris this month, the United Nations' normally low-key leader, Ban Ki-moon, celebrated onstage, arms raised in victory and more exuberant than many had ever seen him before.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015

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