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Senate clears major new education bill, sends it to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The way the nation's public schools are evaluated — teachers, students and the schools themselves — is headed for a major makeover, with a sweeping shift from federal to state control over school accountability and student testing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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FBI: California shooters radicalized at least 2 years ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two San Bernardino shooters were radicalized at least two years ago — a year before one of them came to the U.S. on a fiancée visa — and discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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US life expectancy flat for third straight year at almost 79

NEW YORK (AP) — Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday.

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New draft of climate accord leaves big issues unresolved

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Negotiators released a new, shorter draft of an international accord to fight global warming Wednesday — and it leaves key issues unresolved just two days before the high-stakes talks in Paris are scheduled to end.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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Syrian refugees welcomed by agencies despite states' fight

DALLAS (AP) — Days before a family of six Syrian refugees was to arrive in Texas, the furniture and supplies for their apartment were ready.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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Whales entangled at alarming rate along California coast

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Dungeness crab fishermen are entering into an unusual alliance with environmental groups and government agencies to reduce the number of whale entanglements off the California coast.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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UN: 9,000 killed in Ukraine conflict, but now violence eases

GENEVA (AP) — More than 9,000 people have died in 21 months of fighting in eastern Ukraine, even as a new cease-fire has largely held and contributed to a sharp decline in casualties since mid-August, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday.

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Severe smog hovers over Beijing on Day 2 of red alert

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing residents stayed indoors, schools were closed and limits on cars, factories and construction sites kept pollution from spiking even higher Wednesday, the second of three days of restrictions triggered by the city's first red alert for smog.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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