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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.

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

Science, People Dec 08 2016

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

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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Oakland city workers visited warehouse, did not flag fire hazard

In the two years leading up to the fire at an Oakland, California warehouse that killed 36 people at a dance party late last week, city officials had entered the building on numerous occasions and had multiple opportunities to see that residents were illegally living there in hazardous conditions.

Dec 08 2016

Second Georgia officer dies after shooting near university

ATLANTA The second officer shot while responding to a domestic dispute near a university in Georgia died of his injuries on Thursday, school officials said, after the suspect killed himself inside a home where he was barricaded earlier in the day. | Video

Dec 08 2016

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.

Dec 08 2016

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

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.

China Dec 08 2016

Ohio passes second, less restrictive, abortion bill

CLEVELAND Ohio lawmakers passed a second piece of legislation in two days on Thursday restricting abortion access in the state by banning the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation.

Dec 08 2016

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