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Killings surge in Mexico state at tip of Baja

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — The normally bucolic, vacationer-crowded state at the tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula has become a battleground, with dozens of killings in a power struggle following the capture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman nearly a year ago. The bloodshed has been concentrated in La Paz, the capital of Baja [...]

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Va. coalition creates advance directives website

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A new website launched by an Eastern Virginia coalition allows people to create advance directives for health care. The As You Wish website offers a downloadable form that can be used to create an individual advance directives plan. Options include a do-not-resuscitate directive and the designation of someone to make health [...]

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Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

  SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. The drugs no longer stopped her daughter’s epileptic seizures and the little girl had become so numb to pain, she would tear off her own fingernails and leave her small fingers bleeding. Bobadilla was driving on a mountain road with Javiera, intent on ending it [...]

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Storm may snarl trip for Thanksgiving travelers

  MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A nor’easter was expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations, bringing mostly rain close to the coast, but heavier snow further inland. The exact track and severity of the storm had meteorologists on alert. “A small deviation in the track [...]

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UK: ‘Severe’ terror threat requires new powers

  LONDON (AP) — Britain faces its greatest-ever threat from terrorism, the interior minister said Monday, announcing measures to control suspects, strengthen online scrutiny and prevent insurance companies from paying terrorist ransoms. Home Secretary Theresa May said the advance of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq had given “energy and a renewed sense [...]

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Democrats name 3 finalists to host 2016 convention

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats narrowed the list of contenders for their 2016 national convention to three cities on Monday, announcing the party’s next presidential candidate will be formally nominated in New York City, Philadelphia or Columbus, Ohio. The Democratic National Committee said convention bids made by Birmingham, Alabama and Phoenix had been eliminated. DNC [...]

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Israel resumes razing homes to punish attackers

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Enas Shalodi, a Palestinian mother of six, has been severely punished by Israel for something she didn’t do. A wrecking crew gutted her family’s apartment in Jerusalem last week, tearing down inner walls and leaving behind a thick layer of debris. The demolition came a month after her oldest son, 21-year-old [...]

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Obama meets with American winners of Nobel Prizes

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Some smart minds came together in the Oval Office. President Barack Obama welcomed the four American winners of this year’s Nobel Prizes to the White House on Monday. The four Nobel laureates Obama met with are: — U.S. researchers Eric Betzig and William Moerner, chemistry. — Japanese-born U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura, [...]

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Russia gets greater control over Black Sea region

  MOSCOW (AP) — Russia tightened its control Monday over Georgia’s breakaway province of Abkhazia with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties with the lush sliver of land along the Black Sea. The move drew outrage and cries of “annexation” in Georgia and sent a chill through those in Abkhazia who fear [...]

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21 states push to overturn Maryland gun law

  HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Twenty-one states have asked a federal appeals court to overturn Maryland’s tough gun-control law, contending that its provisions banning 45 assault weapons and limiting gun magazines to 10 rounds violate the Second Amendment right to keep firearms at home for self-protection. A coalition led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick [...]

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Japan’s young fret as unexpected recession hits

  TOKYO (AP) — When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided last week against walloping Japanese with another tax hike, it was cause for worry not celebration among the country’s young. Despite the government trying everything short of dropping money from helicopters, the economy that is home to manufacturing titan Toyota, pop culture icons such as [...]

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VA ousts hospital chief in Phoenix scandal

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans’ hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays. Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA [...]

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GOP wisdom shifts on immigration

  BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” It was critical for the party’s survival, they said, to address an issue that was paramount to [...]

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Pentagon chief Hagel is leaving under pressure; are more postelection departures on the way?

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration’s Middle East crisis management. The president said he and Hagel had determined it was an “appropriate time for him to complete his [...]

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Portugal ex-premier held in prison in fraud case

  LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A judge sent former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates to prison Monday while the ex-leader fights accusations of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud. The judge decided after an initial hearing there was sufficient police evidence to keep Socrates in custody on preliminary charges of wrongdoing, a court statement said. Socrates’s [...]

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Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson shooting

  FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a spokesman for St. Louis County’s top prosecutor said Monday. In a brief email to reporters, spokesman Ed Magee said the decision would be announced at 8 p.m. [...]

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Contrasting views persist on Marion Barry’s legacy

Contrasting views persist on Marion Barry’s legacy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two divergent views of Washington’s “mayor for life” stand in stark contrast in the complicated legacy that Marion Barry leaves behind. Outside the nation’s capital, Barry was known to many as the mayor caught on film smoking crack in an FBI sting. Inside the city, Barry is also remembered as [...]

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Va. Beach reaches tentative arena deal

  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A local company has tentatively agreed to the city’s terms to build an oceanfront arena that could accommodate a professional sports team in Virginia Beach, though city council approval is needed, officials said Thursday, Nov. 20. The $200 million arena would be paid for by United States Management LLC [...]

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Eastern Va. US magistrate judge to retire in 2015

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — U.S. Magistrate Judge Tommy Miller plans to retire next year after serving for more than two decades. The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1vdoNRD ) reports that Miller has announced he will retire in August 2015. Miller has served as a federal magistrate judge since 1987. He previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney. The [...]

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Norfolk man pleads guilty to mail, computer fraud

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former project manager for a Newport News distributor of security equipment has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and computer fraud. U.S. Attorney Dana Boente (BEN’-tay) says 48-year-old Michael Holub of entered his plea Monday, Nov. 24, in federal court in Norfolk. Holub faces up to 25 years in prison when he [...]

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