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Afghans hope for change after bloody year

Afghans hope for change after bloody year

KABUL, Afghanistan — When Graeme Smith arrived in Afghanistan in 2005, he drove across the country from Kabul south to the Talban’s former capital Kandahar on a newly paved road that cut travelling time from a bone-rattling 14 hours to just six.

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Afghans hope for change after bloody year

Afghans hope for change after bloody year

FILE — In this file photo taken Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, an Afghan soldier inspects a damaged bus at the site of a suicide attack by the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan. With U.S.-led forces shifting to a supporting role at the end of this month, Afghanistan will have to chart its own course a…

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Judge backs firing of Phoenix VA director

Judge backs firing of Phoenix VA director

Says gifts, not long wait times, are the reason.

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Pakistan to set up military courts for terrorism

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister says the country will set up special trial courts under the supervision of military officers to prosecute terrorism cases in the wake of the Taliban school massacre.

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VA erases dying veteran’s debt after outcry

VA erases dying veteran’s debt after outcry

SEATTLE — On the Tuesday before Christmas, Debbie Shafer went to her post office in Gold Bar, Washington, and found a letter with welcome news: $6,324 in debt relief from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Army data shows rarity of desertion prosecutions

Army data shows rarity of desertion prosecutions

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army has prosecuted about 1,900 cases of desertion since 2001, despite tens of thousands of soldiers fleeing the service in the face of deadly combat, long and multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan and strains on military families.

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Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery

Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery

LOS ANGELES — Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

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GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border

GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border

Under the pilot program, about 250 illegal immigrants — such as these who were stopped near Granjeno, Texas — will be fitted with GPS devices so that they report back to immigration officials after they are released in the United States.

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GPS used to track some illegal immigrants

GPS used to track some illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department is experimenting with a new way to track immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally and then released into the U.S.: GPS-enabled ankle bracelets.

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Judge weighs in on firing of Phoenix VA director

Judge weighs in on firing of Phoenix VA director

FILE--This April 22, 2014 file photo shows Sharon Helman, former director of Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care Center, in Phoenix. A judge has ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs was justified in firing the former director of its Phoenix office, but not because of delays in care…

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Search on for diplomatic solution to Syria war

Search on for diplomatic solution to Syria war

BEIRUT — The search for a negotiated settlement to the Syrian civil war is gaining steam, as President Bashar Assad’s forces feel increasingly squeezed on the battlefield and Islamic extremist groups proliferate across the region.

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Search is on for diplomatic solution to Syria war

Search is on for diplomatic solution to Syria war

Syrian rebels prayed in front of their tank at al Mutayia village in the southern province of Daraa, Syria, in April. Rebels’ battlefield successes are helping force Syrian President Bashar Assad to the negotiating table.

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France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

A rescue worker stands next to the van that crashed into a French Christmas market in Nantes, western France, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. French authorities urged calm after a series of attacks across the country left dozens of people injured, and said there was no evidence the attacks were conne…

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France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

This photo provided Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 by local newspaper Le Bien Public shows rescue workers tending at victims after a driver deliberately slammed into passersby in several spots in Dijon, central France, Sunday Dec. 21, 2014. French police are raising security after an attack on office…

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France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

A rescue worker directs a fire brigade vehicle after a van crashed into a French Christmas market in Nantes, western France, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. French authorities urged calm after a series of attacks across the country left dozens of people injured, and said there was no evidence the att…

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France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

A police officer guards the van that crashed into a French Christmas market in Nantes, western France, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. French authorities urged calm after a series of attacks across the country left dozens of people injured, and said there was no evidence the attacks were connected by…

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France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

Police officers guard the van that crashed into a French Christmas market in Nantes, western France, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. France’s top security official says the driver stabbed himself several times after the incident. Eleven people including the driver were injured in the accident, which …

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France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

Rescue workers stand by at the Christmas market in Nantes, western France, after a van crashed into it Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. French authorities urged calm after a series of attacks across the country left dozens of people injured, and said there was no evidence the attacks were connected by…

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France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

NANTES, France (AP) — The white van barreled into the Christmas market and the unsuspecting crowd, striking 10 people in this coastal city before the driver began stabbing himself with a knife.

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