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Exclusive: ACT Inc raises test prices abroad to fund cheating fight

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LONDON/SHANGHAI The maker of the ACT college-entrance exam, which has been struggling to contain an international cheating epidemic, is raising its fees for overseas test-takers by $10 to pay for enhanced security.

Greens to rally in Michigan as recounts head to court in three states

DETROIT Protesters planned to rally on Thursday in Lansing, Michigan, outside the state's highest court, the latest judicial body to weigh the fate of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's demands for recounts in three states.

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NFL player's New Jersey home vandalized with racist taunts: police

NEW YORK An National Football League player's northern New Jersey home was vandalized with a swastika and other racist taunts scrawled on the inside walls during a break-in this week, according to police and photos that the player posted online.

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Suspect in Georgia officer's shooting death commits suicide

ATLANTA The Georgia man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer who was responding to a domestic dispute near a university killed himself on Thursday inside a home where he had barricaded himself, officials said.

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U.S. carriers see 3.5 percent bump in 2016 winter holiday flying

More than 45 million passengers will take to the skies on U.S. airlines this holiday season, Airlines for America projected on Thursday, up 3.5 percent from holiday travel last year.

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No mistrial for Dylann Roof after church shooting survivor calls him 'evil'

CHARLESTON, S.C. A federal judge on Thursday denied a mistrial for accused white South Carolina gunman Dylann Roof, who a day earlier was described as "evil" in testimony by a survivor of the deadly June 2015 attack on a historic black church.

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U.S. transgender people harassed in public restrooms: landmark survey

NEW YORK Almost 60 percent of transgender Americans have avoided using public restrooms for fear of confrontation, saying they have been harassed and assaulted, according to the largest survey taken of transgender people in the United States. | Video

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Masterbuilt recalls U.S. gas smokers over fire risk

WASHINGTON Masterbuilt Manufacturing Inc is recalling about 41,000 gas-fired smokers because a fuel hose can disconnect and pose a fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.

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U.S. Congress votes to apply Magnitsky human rights act globally

WASHINGTON Legislation expanding the 2012 U.S. Magnitsky human rights act from Russian citizens to cover abusers in any country passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday as part of an annual defense policy bill, leaving the landmark measure on the verge of becoming law.

Actress Sofia Vergara faces lawsuit from her own frozen embryos

"Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara is being sued by her two frozen embryos in an unusual lawsuit as part of a three-year battle by her ex-fiance to see the embryos brought to life.

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