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Polar vortex redux? U.S. forecasters say it could hit next week

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CHICAGO Forecasters are sending chills down some spines with a prediction that much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014. | Video

Activist Chicago priest reflects on city's 'shameful' violent year

CHICAGO A longtime activist Chicago priest who has marched in protests, attended vigils and delivered sermons decrying violence in the city's most deadly year in nearly two decades, fears the surge in murders could continue into 2017.

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Ohio lawmakers approve college campus concealed-carry bill

CLEVELAND Lawmakers in Ohio approved a bill on Friday that opens the way for licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on college campuses, less than two weeks after a man injured 11 in a stabbing attack at Ohio State University.

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Actor Judge Reinhold released from Dallas jail: police

Actor Judge Reinhold was released from a Dallas jail late on Thursday night following his arrest for causing a disturbance at a local airport after refusing to be screened at a security checkpoint, police said on Friday. | Video

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John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95. | Video

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Trump says U.S.-China relationship must improve

DES MOINES, Iowa President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States needed to improve its relationship with China, which he criticized for its economic policies and failure to rein in North Korea. | Video

Shuttered Illinois plant to be reopened by Rivian Automotive: mayor

Michigan startup company Rivian Automotive has agreed to purchase the former Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal, Illinois, and reopen the factory in about five years, the city's mayor said on Friday.

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Alabama executes man for 1994 convenience store killing

Alabama executed a former Eagle scout on Thursday for a convenience store killing in 1994, the 20th person executed in the United States this year and the second in Alabama.

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Conjoined twins who faced each other separated in California surgery

LOS ANGELES Conjoined 2-year-old twin girls who were separated at a California hospital this week were recovering in stable condition after 17 hours of surgery, officials said on Thursday. | Video

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For U.S. veterans, pipeline protest promises to galvanize activism

CANNON BALL/FORT YATES, N.D. U.S. veterans, thousands of whom last week helped stop a contested oil pipeline running through North Dakota, could become important partners of activists on the environment, the economy, race and other issues that divide Americans.

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