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FBI: Background checks for gun sales peak on Black Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI processed a record number of firearms background checks on Black Friday, the agency said Tuesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2015

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Appalachia grasps for hope as coal loses its grip

 

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the city's police superintendent Tuesday, a week after the release of a dash-cam video that showed a white Chicago officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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US sending more special ops forces to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is expanding its special operations force in Iraq and Syria to help fight Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Mexico experts: passageway may lead to Aztec ruler's tomb

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican archaeologist said his team has found a tunnel-like passageway that apparently leads to two sealed chambers, the latest chapter in the search for the as-yet undiscovered tomb of an Aztec ruler.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Police investigate death of Alaska's capital city mayor

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The newly elected mayor of Alaska's capital city was found dead at his Juneau home, and police are investigating a range of possible causes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Drake is Spotify's most streamed artist of the year globally

NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify users are clearly listening to Drake. The rapper was the most streamed artist of the year globally.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Stolen tortoise returned home safely in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pet tortoise stolen during a home invasion got to ride shotgun when Albuquerque police returned the reptile to its owner.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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