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  • Forgotten asbestos mine sickens Indian villagers

    RORO VILLAGE, India (AP) — Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages that are home to thousands in eastern India. Three decades after the…

  • AP: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left…

  • AP: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left…

  • Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated, there’s one country that’s reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” by the United States and…

  • Asian markets gain as oil rebounds

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after the Fed’s pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise…

  • NKorean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea hates the currently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema — of…

  • Rudolph stamps guide tiny post office to success

    RUDOLPH, Wis. (AP) — This seems to be Rudolph’s Christmas. The post office in this tiny central Wisconsin village that shares the name with the most famous reindeer of all has seen an uptick in…

  • Experts expect surge in Cuba tourism under Obama opening

    HAVANA (AP) — As the U.S. and Cuba begin to normalize relations for the first time in half a century, some Americans are already roaming the streets of Old Havana, attending dance exhibitions and talks…

  • NKorean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea hates the Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema — of its own…

  • Asian markets gain as oil rebounds

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after the Fed’s pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise…

  • US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he…

  • South Korea lowers outlook on weak private sector

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea lowered its growth forecast for next year, citing persistently weak sentiment among consumers and businesses. But the government predicted that overall economic conditions will improve from this year…

  • How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

    How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. If you’re Chris Rock, you joke about it cleverly but carefully. Promoting…

  • ‘Hobbit’ goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell. Peter Jackson’s final installment of…

  • Oneida Indians plan new ‘Oz’-themed NY casino

    CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (AP) — The Oneida Indian Nation plans to open a $20 million casino with a “Wizard of Oz” theme in the village where author L. Frank Baum was born, the Oneidas confirmed Sunday.…