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Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

WARSAW, Poland - Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing.

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Dogfighting thrives in years since Vick case

Dogfighting thrives in years since Vick case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout.

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For 1 night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self

For 1 night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self

MELBOURNE, Fla. - The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby, for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed.

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Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips

Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips

WASHINGTON - The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

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Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment

Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment

ORLANDO, Fla. - Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

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Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

WASHINGTON - Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

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Florida woman latest to accuse Cosby of forced sex

Florida woman latest to accuse Cosby of forced sex

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

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Prosecutors dismiss 1975 murder charges against 3

Prosecutors dismiss 1975 murder charges against 3

CLEVELAND - A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he's sorry his mother isn't alive to see that the three former death row inmates will soon walk free together because the only witness against them has recanted the damning testimony he gave as a 13-year-old.

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Florida State shooter went from liked to troubled

Florida State shooter went from liked to troubled

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State graduate Myron May seemed to change from a well-liked young attorney to would-be killer in a matter of months, stopped only by a fusillade of police bullets outside the library at his alma mater after he opened fire on students who dove between the stacks to escape.

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Official says FSU gunman was alumnus

Official says FSU gunman was alumnus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University's library early Thursday before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

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Updated: nov. 20, 2014 1:48 p.m.
Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

WASHINGTON - Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

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US consumer prices unchanged in October

US consumer prices unchanged in October

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.

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Roofs collapse as Buffalo clobbered by more snow

Roofs collapse as Buffalo clobbered by more snow

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads.

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Tear-jerking video shows dad singing to dying newborn son

Tear-jerking video shows dad singing to dying newborn son

        Musician Chris Picco played for hours every day to his sick newborn son and his performance of The Beatles' "Blackbird" is going viral.

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Updated: nov. 16, 2014 5:35 p.m.
Russia's Putin denies he fled summit pressure

Russia's Putin denies he fled summit pressure

BRISBANE, Australia - Russian President Vladimir Putin made an early exit on Sunday from a two-day summit of world leaders where he was roundly criticized over Russia's escalating aggression in Ukraine, but brushed off suggestions that he had felt pressured.

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Video: Islamic State group beheads US aid worker

Video: Islamic State group beheads US aid worker

BEIRUT - An Islamic State group video released Sunday purports to show extremists beheading a dozen Syrian soldiers and ends with a militant claiming to have killed U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, the latest slaughter proudly broadcast by the group on the Internet.

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Florida woman survives 45 minutes with no pulse

Florida woman survives 45 minutes with no pulse

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A Florida mother is home and tending to her new infant less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes following complications from a routine cesarean section.

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Updated: nov. 09, 2014 11:15 p.m.
Massachusetts town weighs nation's 1st tobacco ban

Massachusetts town weighs nation's 1st tobacco ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. - The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way.

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Taking credit for killing bin Laden sparks debate

Taking credit for killing bin Laden sparks debate

WASHINGTON - Some special operations service members and veterans are unhappy that one of their own has taken credit publicly for killing Osama bin Laden. Others say they have gotten used to the idea that their brethren might break the code of silence and seek to profit from their deeds.

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US employers add 214K jobs; rate falls to 5.8 pct.

US employers add 214K jobs; rate falls to 5.8 pct.

WASHINGTON - Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the healthiest pace of hiring in eight years.

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Civil War officer to receive Medal of Honor

Civil War officer to receive Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON - A Union Army officer who stood his ground during the Battle of Gettysburg and paid with his life is receiving the nation's highest military honor from President Barack Obama.

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Gleam is gone as gold prices sink to 4-year low

Gleam is gone as gold prices sink to 4-year low

NEW YORK - Nothing is going gold's way.

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Price no object, campaigns fill any last ad space

Price no object, campaigns fill any last ad space

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - No, dear voter, it wasn't a dream. If you were watching television this weekend in Arkansas, you really did see that many political ads.

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UN climate report offers stark warnings, hope

UN climate report offers stark warnings, hope

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.'s panel on climate science said Sunday.

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Virgin disaster a reminder of fatal '07 explosion

Virgin disaster a reminder of fatal '07 explosion

MOJAVE, Calif. - The loss of an experimental spaceship that broke up over the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another, has renewed criticism of the way the craft's designer and Virgin Galactic handled a deadly explosion seven years ago.

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Wallenda completes Chicago skyscraper wire walks

Wallenda completes Chicago skyscraper wire walks

CHICAGO - Daredevil Nik Wallenda wowed Chicago and the world Sunday with two hair-raising skyscraper crossings on the high wire without a safety net or a harness.

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New home test shakes up colon cancer screening

New home test shakes up colon cancer screening

Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that's noninvasive and doesn't require the icky preparation most other methods do.

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Updated: oct. 26, 2014 5:16 p.m.
US disease expert argues against Ebola quarantine

US disease expert argues against Ebola quarantine

NEW YORK - The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation's top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from traveling to the danger zone.

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