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Judge rejects Texas' latest attempt to block Syrian refugees

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge knocked Texas for offering "largely speculative hearsay" about extremists possibly infiltrating Syrian refugees seeking to resettle in the state, rejecting another attempt by Republican leaders to keep out families fleeing the war-torn country.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2015

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States throw money at military bases to keep them open

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — States with large military bases are filling what is traditionally the federal government's role by picking up the tab for construction and repairs, saying they can't afford not to.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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Supreme Court torn over Texas affirmative action program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears torn over the use of race in college admissions and may not be ready to make a decision without more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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Planned Parenthood attack: Most officers shot since 2013

DENVER (AP) — Eight minutes after the call went out about a gunman opening fire outside a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, an officer called into his radio the words that no cop wants to hear: "I've been shot."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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German leader Angela Merkel named Time's Person of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time's Person of the Year, praised Wednesday by the magazine for her leadership on everything from Syrian refugees to the Greek debt crisis.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015

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