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Syrian aircraft pound Aleppo for 4th straight day

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government aircraft dumped barrels packed with explosives on at least four opposition-held neighborhoods of Aleppo on Wednesday, the fourth day of stepped-up airstrikes on the contested northern city, activists said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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Govt: 500 reported killed in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — At least 500 people, most of them soldiers, have been killed in South Sudan since Sunday, a senior government official said as an ethnic rivalry threatened to tear apart the world's newest country.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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Haiti faults orphanage run by well-off US church

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — At the Olde Good Things antique store on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a French crystal chandelier can go for tens of thousands of dollars. A marble mantel sells for more than $20,000 and hand-carved dinner tables are priced even higher.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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'Mary Poppins' among 25 US films to be preserved

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just in time for a new movie about the making of "Mary Poppins," the 1964 Disney classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress so future generations of Americans can see it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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Lucky lotto tickets sold in Atlanta, San Jose

ATLANTA (AP) — Two lucky winning tickets were sold in Tuesday's near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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Survey: Teens using synthetic drugs less often

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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Employer groups oppose pension fees in budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers that still offer workers traditional pension plans are in line for hefty insurance premium increases under the budget agreement struck in Congress.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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US sending $25M in new typhoon aid to Philippines

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — The United States is providing nearly $25 million in additional humanitarian aid to help the Philippines deal with the enormous devastation and deaths wrought by Typhoon Haiyan last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday after touring the worst-hit region.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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