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Mourinho fired by Man United with his career at crossroads

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Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect. More>>

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'

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A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie "Bambi" as part of his sentence for illegally killing hundreds of deer. More>>

Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance on wall

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Trump and leaders in Congress appear to be pulling back from a government shutdown. More>>

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

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The Trump administration is moving forward to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms. More>>

Judge delays Flynn sentencing, 'not hiding disgust' at crime

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Flynn will likely walk out of a courtroom a free man due to his extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors. More>>

Senate overwhelmingly passes criminal justice overhaul

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Critics of a criminal justice bill now before the Senate are making a final push to change the legislation in a way that would likely kill its prospects. More>>

UK ramps up 'no-deal' Brexit preparations amid impasse

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The British Cabinet is expected to discuss ramping up preparations for Britain's departure from the European Union without a deal. More>>

Victims, accountability on agenda at pope's sex abuse summit

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Organizers of Vatican summit on sex abuse prevention are warning that the credibility of the Catholic Church is in jeopardy over the abuse scandal and are urging participants to meet with victims to hear their pain first-hand. More>>

Belgian PM offers to resign after migration tears government

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned amid pressure on his government after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for the U.N. global compact on migration. More>>

Truce brings hope for Yemen, but peace could prove elusive

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Yemeni officials say key port city of Hodeida calm, hours after U.N.-mediated cease-fire went into effect between government-allied forces and rebels. More>>

US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp

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The U.S. government says it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese detention camp where ethnic minorities must give up their religion and language and work in factories. More>>

'Laverne & Shirley' star, 'Big' director Penny Marshall dies

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'Laverne & Shirley' star and movie director Penny Marshall has died at age 75. More>>

Nevada becomes 1st US state with female-majority Legislature

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Nevada has become the first state in the country with an overall female-majority Legislature. More>>

Trump Foundation reaches deal to dissolve amid lawsuit

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The New York attorney general says President Donald Trump's foundation has agreed to dissolve and give its remaining assets to other charities. More>>

NASA's 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

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NASA's Apollo 8 marks 50th anniversary: first flight of three men to the moon. More>>

Need some milk? Driverless cars start delivering groceries

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Nuro and Kroger are teaming up to bring unmanned deliver service to customers. More>>

Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance on wall

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President Donald Trump and leaders in Congress appear to be pulling back from a government shutdown. More>>

Social media and misinformation: It's a game of whack-a-mole

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Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in the U.S. More>>

Elon Musk to unveil underground tunnel, transport cars

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Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to unveil an underground transportation tunnel that could move people faster than subways. More>>

Martha McSally to fill McCain Senate seat after losing race

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Arizona's governor has named Rep. Martha McSally to replace U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl in the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Sen. John McCain. More>>

Chicago officers likely didn't see train that killed them

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Chicago police say two officers likely didn't see or hear a train that fatally struck them because they were focused on another train coming the opposite direction. More>>

China will 'never seek hegemony,' Xi says in reform speech

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Chinese President Xi Jinping says the country will "never seek hegemony" even as it approaches the center of the world stage, in a speech marking China's 40 years of reform. More>>

Silicon Valley East: Google plans $1B expansion in New York

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Google will spend more than $1B to expand its operations in New York City. More>>

Trump's safety panel seeks to revoke school discipline rules

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President Donald Trump's school safety commission is proposing a rollback of Obama-era guidance that critics say discouraged schools from reporting violent students to police. More>>

Report: Russia still using social media to roil US politics

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A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released by the Senate intelligence committee Monday says that "active and ongoing" Russian interference operations still exist. More>>

The Latest: Judge orders Flynn to stay within 50 miles of DC

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President Donald Trump is wishing ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn "good luck" in court as Flynn awaits sentencing for lying to the FBI. More>>

Talks adopt 'rulebook' to put Paris climate deal into action

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Nearly 200 countries at the U.N. climate talks have agreed upon universal, transparent rules on how nations can cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming. More>>

Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

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The U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. More>>

Shutdown talk recedes after White House eases wall threat

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Few if any signs of progress emerge as Trump, Democratic lawmakers continue standoff with a partial shutdown looming. More>>

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

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AP sources: Trump expected to sign executive order creating a U.S. Space Command. More>>

Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom

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Twice as many high school students are using nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes compared with last year. More>>

US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

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US surgeon general urges swift action to prevent nicotine addiction amid surge in teenage vaping. More>>

Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOP

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A federal judge in Texas has ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. More>>

Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it

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A startup is trying to shake up the health insurance industry with on-demand coverage. More>>

Child abuse climbs after Friday report cards, study says

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Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released, but only when grades arrive on Friday, a study in Florida suggests. More>>

CBS denies former CEO Les Moonves $120 million severance

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CBS denies former CEO Les Moonves $120 million severance citing failure to cooperate with misconduct investigation. More>>

The Latest: Dems shun wall money from other parts of budget

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the White House is willing to work with Congress to avert a partial government shutdown. More>>

Correction: Homeless Count story

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The national homeless number ticked up in 2018, but declined slightly in some West Coast cities that have experienced the worst of the homelessness crisis. More>>

Deported immigrants get their last flight on 'ICE Air'

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An obscure division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates hundreds of flights each year to remove immigrants. More>>

Judges push back against 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy

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'Zero-tolerance' policy on prosecuting illegal entry hits snag in California, an example of how judges have challenged Donald Trump's immigration policies in ways both large and small. More>>

'Tonight Show' to air episode in Puerto Rico with 'Hamilton'

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Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" will air an episode next year in Puerto Rico including an exclusive performance with Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising his role in "Hamilton.". More>>

Groups sue to block oil production in Alaska's Beaufort Sea

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Conservation groups sued Monday to block an oil-drilling project in federal Arctic waters. More>>

AP Coach of the Year: Notre Dame's Kelly wins for 2nd time

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Notre Dame's Brian Kelly is The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year. More>>

Saints' D puts clamps on Newton in 12-9 win over Panthers

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The Saints' defense put the clamps on Cam Newton, and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 12-9 to take a big step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. More>>

Vatican urged to reveal status of ousted US archbishop

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A prominent U.S. archbishop is asking the Vatican for answers about the status of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct against his predecessor. More>>

The Latest: 3,500 troops to be on standby if no-deal Brexit

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The British government has decided to ramp up preparations for a "no-deal" Brexit, saying it must be ready for the possibility of that default option. More>>

Comey says House Republicans are 'shameful' after interview

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Former FBI Director James Comey is back for a second closed-door interview with two Republican-led committees investigating what they say was bias at the Justice Department before the 2016 presidential election. More>>

Bug may have exposed photos from 7M Facebook users

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Facebook says a software bug may have exposed a broader set of photos to app developers than users had granted permission for. More>>

Executive's arrest, security worries stymie Huawei's reach

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Chinese tech giant Huawei's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad, while one of its top executives faces U.S. charges over trade with Iran. More>>

As US life expectancy falls, West Virginia offers lessons

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West Virginia serves as harbinger of health woes: overdoses, suicides, obesity and sinking life expectancy. More>>

Chicago police: 2 officers die after being struck by train

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Chicago police say two officers investigating a shots-fired call on the city's far South Side have died after being struck by a train. More>>

World stock markets stabilize as focus turns to Fed

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Asian markets fall as traders ready for Fed rate hike amid expectations of slower growth. More>>

Terror charges issued in France's Christmas market attack

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A man suspected of supplying the gun that was used in the shooting attack that killed five people near a Christmas market in Strasbourg was handed preliminary terror charges Monday, according to a judicial official close to the investigation. More>>

APNewsBreak: Sabathia gets $500,000 bonus despite ejection

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APNewsBreak: The New York Yankees have given CC Sabathia a $500,000 performance bonus, even though the 38-year-old left-hander was ejected from his final regular-season start six outs shy of the 155 innings specified in his contract for the payment. More>>

'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak

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'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak; mother died in childbirth. More>>

Investors seeking tax breaks skip poverty-stricken areas

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Opportunity Zones were supposed to steer investment to overlooked, poverty-stricken areas. So far, investors are seeking to snag the tax breaks in places that already have plenty of investment. More>>

Girl's death shows communication issues on US-Mexico border

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Death of Mayan girl in US custody highlights communication challenges on border, raises questions about use of English forms. More>>

Nissan board meets but no chairman picked to replace Ghosn

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Nissan's board is meeting to pick a chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations. More>>

May says postponed Brexit vote to be held week of Jan 14

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Prime Minister Theresa May is set to condemn calls for a second referendum on Britain's departure from the European Union, saying it would do irreparable damage to trust in democracy. More>>

Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs

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Malaysia says it has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two of its employees in connection with a multibillion-dollar scandal involving state investment fund 1MDB. More>>

Expert: California man convicted in terror case no extremist

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A former CIA employee who studies terror networks says a California man convicted of attempting to support the Islamic State does not have the attributes of an Islamic extremist. More>>

Asian shares slip as traders ready for Fed rate hike

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US stocks are falling again, led by sharp drops in health care companies after a judge in Texas ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. More>>

Actor Geoffrey Rush accused of sexual misconduct

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"Orange Is the New Black" actress Yael Stone alleges actor Geoffrey Rush engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior when they starred in "The Diary of a Madman" in 2010. More>>

Detentions raise fears, cast doubt on China's policies

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China's detentions of Canadians worries executives, raises doubts about commitment to reform. More>>

Run-up to Flynn sentencing tinged with unexpected drama

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Michael Flynn may have given extraordinary cooperation to prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing has brought to the surface raw tensions over an FBI interview in which the former national security adviser lied. More>>

GOP waits on Trump as clock ticks toward partial shutdown

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Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, White House insists Congress provide $5 billion to build a border wall. More>>

Markets Right Now: Another steep drop pulls Dow down 500

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 500 points, its second straight drop of that size and its fourth big decline this month. More>>

Top of mind: 'Justice' is Merriam-Webster's word of the year

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Common but top of mind in 2018: 'Justice' is Merriam-Webster's word of the year. More>>

Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga's campus

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Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga University's campus. More>>

Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test Video included

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Branson's Virgin Galactic gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. More>>

The Latest: Corbyn submits symbolic no-confidence motion

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British Prime Minister Theresa May says the delayed vote in Parliament on the Brexit deal between her government and the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14. More>>

Meghan's father Thomas Markle appeals to her to call home

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Meghan Markle's father has appealed to his daughter to call him, saying they hadn't been in touch since her wedding to Prince Harry in May. More>>

'Spider-Verse' swings to the top; 'Mortal Engines' tanks

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The animated "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has swung to the top of the domestic box office in its first weekend in theaters with an estimated $35.4 million, followed by Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" in second place with $17.2 million. More>>

Flynn's ex-business associates charged with illegal lobbying

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A one-time business partner of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been arrested and charged with illegally lobbying to have a Turkish exile returned from the U.S. More>>

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate's 'interference' in kingdom

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Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate resolution blaming its crown prince for the killing of Saudi journalist Khashoggi. More>>

Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump

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President Donald Trump's attorney is categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller. More>>

Scientists scour WWI shipwreck to solve military mystery

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100 years later, researchers conclude underwater mine sank World War I warship off the coast of New York. More>>

UK ministers seek to downplay chance of second Brexit vote

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May and former Prime Minister Tony Blair have exchanged insults as Britain's divorce from the European Union kept getting uglier. More>>

Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproar

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Local leaders say plea deal allowing former Baylor student to serve no jail times highlights outsized influence alumni play in shaping local criminal justice system. More>>

Report details firefighters' harrowing work in Paradise

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A report on firefighter injuries in a deadly Northern California wildfire details the harrowing conditions they faced and a few close calls with death. More>>

Zinke resigns as interior secretary amid numerous probes

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President Donald Trump says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who's facing investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end. More>>

US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead

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The United States military Africa Command says that it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 extremists from the al-Shabab rebel group. More>>

Yellow vest protesters still block French traffic circles

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Yellow vest protesters are occupying dozens of traffic roundabouts in France, even as their movement for economic justice appears to be losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of demonstrations. More>>

Worries about ballot security overshadow disputed House race

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Warnings about the potential for voter fraud in a rural North Carolina county went unheeded for years before last month's disputed congressional race. More>>

Steelers ride rookie Samuels past Patriots 17-10

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Rookie running back Jaylen Samuels ran for a career-high 142 yards and made a critical third-down reception in the fourth quarter as Pittsburgh snapped a three-game losing streak by holding off Tom Brady and the Patriots 17-10. More>>

Kids at a Vatican charity give Pope Francis a birthday cake

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Children who receive help at a Vatican pediatric dispensary have given Pope Francis a cake on the eve of his 82nd birthday. More>>

Wisconsin, Michigan Republicans enact lame-duck limits

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Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan enacted last-minute limits on Democratic power Friday, with GOP governors in both Upper Midwest states signing laws protecting their priorities before leaving office in less than a month. More>>

Back in the game: Foles leads Eagles past Rams 30-23

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Nick Foles took over for Carson Wentz and passed for 270 yards, and Wendell Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns in the Eagles' 30-23 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. More>>

Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death

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Lawyers for the family of a 7-year-old girl who died while in U.S. Border Patrol custody say she did not suffer from a lack of food or water before being picked up by authorities. More>>

Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

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China has Canada in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the U.S. States. More>>

Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned

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Putin calls for Kremlin to get in to the rap game. More>>

Germany to compensate hundreds who fled Nazis as children

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Germany has agreed to one-time payments to those still living from the thousands evacuated in 'Kindertransport' efforts in Nazi era, group says. More>>

Sri Lankan president doubts he can work with reappointed PM

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Sri Lanka's president has reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off weeks of political stalemate. More>>

French city honors victims of Christmas market attack

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A gathering is being held in a central square of the eastern French city of Strasbourg to pay homage to the victims of a gunman who killed four people and wounded a dozen more several days ago. More>>

North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

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North Koreans are marking the anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il seven years ago with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. More>>

After fraud probe, new primary may replace GOP candidate

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Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina's lawmakers would require new primaries in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations, potentially replacing the Republican nominee at the center of the disputed race. More>>

White House digs in on border wall demand, risking shutdown

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says it's up to President Donald Trump whether the federal government partially shuts down at midnight Friday over his border wall. More>>

The Latest: Steelers beat Pats for first time since '11

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The Minnesota Vikings are off to a good start under new offensive play caller Kevin Stefanski. More>>

The Latest: French official reports 8th protest death

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Paris police say 21 people have been detained in the French capital before protests by the "yellow vests" movement. More>>

Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

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Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she defrauded the treasury of more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. More>>

Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

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Immigration officials say an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death of a 7-year-old migrant girl who suffered seizures in custody and later died. More>>

Cleveland Browns beat injury-plagued Broncos 17-16

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The Cleveland Browns keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a 17-16 win over the Denver Broncos. More>>

Watson leads Texans to 29-22 comeback win over Darnold, Jets

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Watson leads Texans to 29-22 comeback win over Darnold, Jets. More>>

Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village

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Jakelin Caal Maquin had received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from her impoverished Guatemalan village. More>>

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

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With federal legalization of hemp at hand, the US market is set to boom amid the popularity of CBDs, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp as a health supplement. More>>

For 76-year-old Joe Biden, age a factor as he mulls 2020 run

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Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether he's too old to seek the White House. More>>

Brexit debate needs a change of tone, Anglican bishops say

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The Church of England's bishops are appealing for national unity following a week of divisive discussions around Britain's efforts to leave the European Union, urging politicians and the public to adopt a more civilized tone in the debate. More>>

Tear gas in Paris, but fewer protesters and bigger demands

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A strong police presence has deployed in Paris ahead of planned demonstrations by the "yellow vest" protesters, with authorities repeating calls for calm after previous protests degenerated into violence. More>>

The Latest: Zinke says 'attacks' led to his resignation

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The coming departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is being welcomed by environmentalists. More>>

Nations at UN climate talks back universal emissions rules

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Officials from around the world are still working to agree on the fine print of the Paris climate accord after two weeks of talks, even as workers busily dismantle sections of the conferenced venue around them. More>>

Ukraine Orthodox leaders approve break with Russian church

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Thousands of people have gathered outside a Kiev cathedral to witness the birth of a new Ukrainian Orthodox Church as tensions between Ukraine and Russia continue to drive the two farther apart. More>>

North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

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North Koreans are marking the anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il seven years ago with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. More>>

The Latest: UN climate talks agree on reporting emissions

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Attempts by developed nations at the U.N. climate talks in Poland to create watertight rules for international carbon emissions trading have prompted new, last-minute demands from Brazil. More>>

Canada says entrepreneur feared detained in China

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Chinese are cheering a Canadian court's decision to release a top Huawei Technologies executive on bail. More>>

Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement

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Russia claims Pentagon ignoring efforts to work out nuclear treaty dispute. More>>

Troops kill 7 civilians as protest turns bloody in Kashmir

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Police say seven men have been killed and nearly two dozens injured when government forces fired at anti-India protesters in Kashmir following a gunbattle that left three rebels and a soldier dead. More>>

Scandal-plagued CBS grants $20M to 18 women's rights groups

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CBS grants $20 million to 18 women's rights groups as it tries to recover from Moonves scandal. More>>

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement. More>>

Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on growth fears; J&J nosedives

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Global stocks are down Friday after Chinese authorities said industrial output and retail sales both slowed in November, the latest warning sign from the second-largest economy in the world. More>>

The Latest: Migrant girl's family disputes officials' story

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An official with Guatemala's foreign ministry has identified the 7-year-old migrant girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody as Jackeline Caal. More>>

Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister resigns to end impasse

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Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned, saying he wants to end a political impasse over his appointment. More>>

Budget head Mulvaney picked as Trump's next chief of staff

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President Donald Trump's hunt for a new chief of staff has taken on the feel of a reality TV show. More>>

Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics

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SLC repeat? Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics. More>>

Senators ask FBI to investigate Blackmun for lying to panel

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Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar. More>>

The Latest: Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church

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Ukrainian Orthodox leaders say they have approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church. More>>

AP Interview: Catalans on hunger strike speak before trial

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AP Interview: Jailed Catalan separatist politicians on hunger strike for the past two weeks say their upcoming trial will be a platform to foster their cause for independence. More>>

Mueller says FBI not to blame for Flynn's false statements

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The special counsel's office is pushing back at the suggestion that the FBI acted improperly in its interview of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. More>>

French hunt for possible accomplices of Strasbourg attacker

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The immediate aftermath of the shootout between French security forces and the suspect in the Strasbourg attack has been caught on camera from across the street, with footage showing armed officers at the scene and the body of the man slumped in a doorway. More>>

May aims to rescue Brexit plan; EU says ball's in UK's court

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Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic says European Union leaders could meet in January for a new Brexit summit once Britain clarifies exactly what help it needs to pass the deal in the U.K. Parliament. More>>

As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is days away from being sentenced on a felony charge that in different times might have brought an end to his career. More>>

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

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President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says he bought the silence of two women because Trump was "very concerned" about how their stories of alleged affairs with him "would affect the election.". More>>

Macron urges calm, Paris police prepare for more violence

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Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris police prefect says thousands of officers and armored vehicles will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday. More>>

Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka's premier to end crisis

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A Sri Lankan lawmaker says disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. More>>

Climate talks extended as island nations demand action

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Negotiators at the U.N. climate meeting in Poland are gathering to discuss the first comprehensive draft agreement to emerge after almost two weeks of talks. More>>

The Latest: Chile to host next year's UN climate summit

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Germany says failure to curb climate change would cost the world "a lot more" than the trillions of dollars President Donald Trump's claim he's saving by quitting the 2015 Paris accord. More>>

Serbia talks up armed intervention as Kosovo OKs new army

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Kosovo's Assembly, or parliament, convenes to approve the formation of an army, a move that has angered Serbia which says it would threaten peace in the war-scarred region. More>>

The debt threat: Business debt, and worries about it, are up

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Concerns are building from Washington to Wall Street about the trillions of dollars in debt that U.S. businesses have racked up, particularly by companies with relatively weak finances. More>>

McCain replacement Sen. Jon Kyl resigning at end of year

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Arizona's governor says U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will resign at the end of the year from the U.S. Senate seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of Sen. Jon McCain. More>>

Beto O'Rourke still undecided as 2020 White House buzz grows

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When it comes to a 2020 presidential run, Beto O'Rourke is still playing hard to get. More>>

The Latest: Trump names Mulvaney acting chief of staff

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Chris Christie has pulled himself out of consideration to serve as President Donald Trump's next chief of staff. More>>

Wisconsin's Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a sweeping package of Republican-written legislation that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More>>

Slain US student texted friend about roommate's threat

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An American student living in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam has been stabbed to death in her apartment and police are preparing to arraign a 23-year-old man suspected in the slaying. More>>

Are we done here? Nope. Cranky Congress still has work to do

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Everyone in Congress wants to go home, yet both chambers are scheduled to be in session next week over hefty matters, including the budget and criminal sentencing reform. More>>

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

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The Senate has delivered back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia in an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Markets Right Now: S&P 500 sinks to lowest level since April

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Stocks are falling sharply on Wall Street on new concerns about slowing growth in China's economic engine and disarray surrounding plans for Britain to exit the European Union. Johnson & Johnson plunged. More>>

The Latest: Serbian leader lashes out at US over Kosovo army

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The U.S. has hailed Kosovo's parliament vote to form a new army as a first step and reaffirmed "its support for the gradual transition ... to a force with a territorial defense mandate, as is Kosovo's sovereign right.". More>>

Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

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Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax. More>>

Rivers leads Chargers to last-second comeback win over KC

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Philip Rivers led the Chargers to a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes, then hit Mike Williams for the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 4 seconds remaining to give Los Angeles a 29-28 victory over the Chiefs. More>>

Florida man executed for fatally stabbing woman in 1992

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Man convicted of fatally beating and stabbing South Florida woman 26 years ago scheduled to be executed Thursday evening. More>>

The Latest: UK minister says Brexit bill can pass Parliament

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Belgium's prime minister says European Union leaders aren't convinced that Britain can respect their Brexit agreement and they are planning for a potentially catastrophic "no-deal" scenario. More>>

The Latest: Italian journalist among the dead in Strasbourg

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The Christmas market in Strasbourg has reopened amid tight security a day after the gunman suspected of killing three people in an attack earlier this week was shot dead by police. More>>

Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

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Apple says it plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. More>>

Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

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Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year. More>>

Unfinished business: UN migrant pact inked, but foes remain

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Delegates to a U.N. conference are laying out commitments to fight illegal people trafficking and boost economic opportunities in the wake of pledging to cooperate on safe, orderly and humane migration. More>>

The Latest: Macron promises tax relief for workers, retirees

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Union representatives say French President Emmanuel Macron gave no information about the measures he is going to announce in a televised address to the nation in the evening. More>>

Activists decry no-jail sentence for former frat president

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A woman who accused a former Baylor University student of raping her at a fraternity party says she's outraged his plea includes no jail time. More>>

Walker: Partial vetoes possible on some lame-duck bills

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Gov. Scott Walker says the powers of his Democratic replacement will remain among the strongest of any governor in the country, even if he signs bills passed in a lame-duck session. More>>

Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will take up a criminal justice bill that would be the largest sentencing overhaul in decades. More>>

Secret Service detail for Bush, code name 'Timberwolf,' ends

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Secret Service ends detail for George H.W. Bush after nearly 40 years of protecting the former president, who was known by the code name "Timberwolf". More>>

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

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The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says he believes it would be an "impeachable offense" if it's proved that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign. More>>

Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

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The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices. More>>

Former Ford Argentina executives sentenced in torture cases

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A court in Argentina has sentenced two former Ford Motor Co. executives to prison for crimes against humanity committed against Argentine union workers during the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship. More>>

Attorneys for ex-Baylor student break silence over rape case

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Attorneys for a former Baylor University student accused of rape have fired back against an account the accuser read in court, saying it was "riddled with distortions and misrepresentations.". More>>

African-American North Carolina voting rights activist dies

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North Carolina voting rights activist Rosanell Eaton has died at age 97. More>>

UN climate talks inch forward, appear headed for overtime

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Negotiators from almost 200 countries are making a last-minute effort to resolve differences on the rules that will govern the 2015 Paris climate accord. More>>

Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violence

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Nadia Murad, the Iraqi woman who shares this year's Nobel Peace Prize for her activism against sexual violence in wartime, says she wants world leaders to translate sympathy for the victims into action against the abusers. More>>

SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

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A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies has arrived at the International Space Station. More>>

Winter storm causes icy roads across swath of South

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Millions in Southern states brace for a harsh wintry storm that could bring immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads or deadly floods. More>>

US appeals court won't immediately allow Trump asylum ban

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A divided U.S. appeals court has refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

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Kansas' new Democratic governor has promised not to raise taxes to boost state spending, but Republicans who control the Legislature argue that one is already coming. More>>

The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall

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President Donald Trump says the military will build his promised border wall "if Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country.". More>>

Trump resort worker: No regrets speaking out about abuse

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A Guatemalan living in the U.S. illegally who says she faced abusive working conditions as a maid at Donald Trump's New Jersey golf club doesn't regret speaking out, even though she might lose her job and be deported. More>>

12 dead in bank robbery attempts, police shootout in Brazil

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At least 13 people have died in the wake of two attempted bank robberies in the northeastern state Ceara. More>>

Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

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Doctors: American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations. More>>

Trump argues he 'never directed' longtime fixer to break law

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President Donald Trump is contending he "never directed" longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law, after Cohen was sentenced to prison time for crimes including arranging hush money payments to conceal Trump's alleged affairs. More>>

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