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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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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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Floods kill at least 32 in southern Morocco

  RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco’s south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday. Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding [...]

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Tanzania: Maasai group looks likely to keep land

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Maasai community near Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park may be able to keep its traditional homeland after the country’s president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land. President Jakaya Kikwete said over the weekend that there never has been and never will be any government plan [...]

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Congo: Amnesty says Belgian firm evicted hundreds

  KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Belgian company destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. The demolitions began in 2009 near a copper and cobalt mine in Katanga province and were [...]

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Liberia free of Ebola by Christmas, says president

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government’s goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious. “We’ve set a pretty tough target. But when you set a target it means that you [...]

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