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Hagel resigns as Defense Secretary, official says

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, the first major cabinet change after Obama's Democrats were routed in mid-term elections three weeks ago. | Video

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Buried under snow, Buffalo, N.Y., braces for high winds

BUFFALO, N.Y. - State offices in Buffalo, New York, which is still struggling to dig out from as much as seven feet of snow, reopened on Monday as the region braced for high winds that could bring power outages.

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EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday

BRUSSELS - EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday on a motion proposing the break-up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc’s antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the group.

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Grand jury expected to resume Ferguson police shooting deliberations

FERGUSON, Mo. - A St. Louis-area grand jury was expected on Monday to resume deliberations over whether to bring charges against a white policeman who shot and killed a black teenager in a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and set the city on edge. | Video

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Three more Ukrainian soldiers killed: Kiev military

KIEV - Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east despite a ceasefire in place since early September, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Monday.

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Alleged Sinaloa cartel logistics head to be sentenced in Chicago

CHICAGO - An alleged top member of the Sinaloa drug trafficking cartel will appear in court for sentencing on Monday in a case that has highlighted Chicago's role as a hub for distributing tons of cocaine throughout the United States from 1998 to 2008.

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Italy's Renzi wins regional vote, low turnout sends warning

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's center-left Democratic Party (PD) won regional elections in Calabria and Emilia Romagna on Sunday but an exceptionally low turnout suggested growing disillusion among many voters.