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'Star Wars' blasts opening weekend record with $238 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To say that the force is strong with this one is an understatement.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2015

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Agreeing at last: Congress sends tax, spending bill to Obama

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ended its chaotic year on a surprising note of bipartisan unity and productivity Friday, overwhelmingly approving a massive 2016 tax and spending package and sending it to President Barack Obama, who promptly signed it.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015

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Shooting victims' families hug, talk with Obama, first lady

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The girlfriend of one of the 14 people killed in the Dec. 2 shooting in San Bernardino said President Barack Obama immediately asked her for a hug when he came to talk with her.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015

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Data breach sets off charges of theft in '16 Democratic race

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic race for president unexpectedly exploded with rancor Friday as Hillary Clinton's campaign accused rival Bernie Sanders of stealing millions of dollars worth of information about potential voters.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015

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Viewers' Guide: Sanders faces tough questions at 3rd debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic presidential candidates are meeting for their third debate Saturday, with tensions suddenly boiling between Hillary Clinton and her chief rival, Bernie Sanders.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015

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China accuses US of serious provocation by flying bombers

BEIJING (AP) — China's Defense Ministry on Saturday accused the U.S. of committing a "serious military provocation" by flying two Air Force B-52 bombers over a Chinese-controlled man-made island in the South China Sea, and said it would do whatever is necessary to protect the country's sovereignty.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015

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Security is focus at churches, mosques amid heightened fears

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — In Alabama, a Presbyterian church wanted to be able to hire its own police for protection. Mosque leaders around the country are meeting with law enforcement officials as an anti-Muslim furor fuels arson attacks and vandalism. And the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been holding specialized training for congregations for "all hazards, including active shooter incidents."

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015

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In Virginia's Bible Belt, an Arabic lesson ignites anger

VERONA, Va. (AP) — With the nation already on edge after the attacks in California, a teacher's lesson on Islam in Virginia's Bible Belt sparked an angry meeting of outraged parents that mushroomed into a national denunciation of the educator in the form of thousands of angry emails and social media postings.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2015

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