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December 1, 2015 - 6:05am
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TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgian security services have announced the arrest of four men suspected of having ties to the Islamic State group.

The deputy head of the security services, Levan Izoria, said Tuesday that the four were arrested after searches of their homes on Sunday turned up hand guns, grenades, audio and video discs and flags of the Islamic State. He said investigators were now working to establish the extent of their involvement with the extremist group...

December 1, 2015 - 5:11am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify users are clearly listening to Drake. The rapper was the most streamed artist of the year globally.

Spotify announced its end-of-the-year list Tuesday and said Drake earned 1.8 billion streams in 2015. Rihanna was the year's most streamed female performer with 1 billion streams, while Major Lazer's ubiquitous hit, "Lean On," was the most streamed song of the year with 540 million streams.

The Weeknd's breakout album, "Beautify...

December 1, 2015 - 5:01am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — More of Hillary Clinton's private emails from her time as secretary of state have been publicly released.

The latest batch shows Clinton dealing with the politics of the Arab Spring, fending off questions about her role in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks and attempting to navigate an intensifying conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

But they also give a glimpse into the private side of one of the world's most public people...

December 1, 2015 - 5:00am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator in a tough re-election race is attacking his top Democratic rival for supporting more Syrian refugees in the U.S., marking the issue's first appearance in Senate campaign advertising.

In an ad released Tuesday, GOP Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois harshly criticizes Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth for voicing support for allowing as many as 200,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

December 1, 2015 - 4:43am
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021.

A key component of Monsanto's plan calls for working with the thousands of farmers who use its seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The company is developing an incentives program to encourage environmentally-friendly production methods.

Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant told The Associated Press ahead of Tuesday's announcement that part of the agricultural company's effort is also...

December 1, 2015 - 4:16am
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The newly-elected mayor of Alaska's capital city has been found dead.

Juneau police in a statement identified the man as 70-year-old Stephen "Greg" Fisk, who handily defeated incumbent Merrill Sanford in the October election to become mayor.

A man found Fisk's body at a residence Monday afternoon and alerted authorities. Police say Fisk was pronounced dead at the scene.

Circumstances surrounding the death...

December 1, 2015 - 4:12am
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NEW YORK (AP) — A government official says Americans are approaching a tipping point in their telephone use -- the day when cellphone-only users will outpace landline users.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 47 percent of American homes now use only cellphones. About 42 percent have both cellphones and landlines.

The new federal statistics show only about 8 percent of households having just landlines....

December 1, 2015 - 4:10am
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WARSAW, Va. (AP) — Twice a year, bald eagles from as far as Canada and Florida flock by the thousands to a stretch of the Rappahannock River in Virginia for an all-you-can-eat buffet. There they dive bomb the waters for shad, catfish and waterfowl.

Conservationists say the site is one of the most important East Coast gathering places for bald eagles. But they warn the eagles are threatened by a luxury resort being proposed for nearly 1,000 acres atop cliffs where eagles...

December 1, 2015 - 3:44am
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After a long, bumpy ride, production of RVs has just about returned to where it was before the Great Recession.

According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, overall recreational vehicle shipments from manufacturers to dealers — a key measure of consumer demand — are expected to increase 3.5 percent to 369,100 units in 2015.

The association says shipments are up for all kinds of RVs, from less-expensive towable ones...

December 1, 2015 - 3:30am
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BALTIMORE (AP) — A second set of prospective jurors is due to be questioned in a Baltimore court for the trial of a police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray.

Tuesday is the second day of jury selection for the trial of William Porter. He's the first of six officers to have his case come to trial.

On Monday, Judge Barry Williams questioned about 75 prospective jurors. At least some of them will return Wednesday for more...

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