Owner of Rivera plane denies drug connections

The man who runs the business that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Latin music star Jenni Rivera says he has never been involved in drug trafficking and that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has dogged him for more than two decades without ever proving a single narcotics connection.

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Japanese firm pays $45M in US import cheating case

A Japanese producer of violet coloring for inks and plastics is paying more than $45 million to settle allegations it falsely described where the products were made to avoid U.S. import duties on Chinese and Indian makers, the Justice Department said Monday.

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Nigeria governor, 5 others die in helicopter crash

A navy helicopter crashed Saturday in the country’s oil-rich southern delta, killing a state governor and five other people, in the latest air disaster to hit Africa’s most populous nation, officials said.

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No justice in NYC soldier’s hazing case

The family and friends of an Asian-American soldier who committed suicide after being hazed by fellow soldiers said Tuesday that the punishment the soldiers have received was only a slap on the wrist.

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Deciding fate of massacre site can help healing

As Newtown, Conn., grieves the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, victims’ families and residents will eventually have to decide what to do with the building and how to memorialize the fallen.

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Obama grieves, promises to use power to help

He spoke for a nation in sorrow, but the slaughter of all those little boys and girls turned the commander in chief into another parent in grief, searching for answers.

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Winter brings more troubles for displaced Syrians

This tent camp sheltering Syrians uprooted by their country’s brutal civil war has lost the race against winter: The ground under white tents is soaked in mud, fights erupt over scarce blankets and volunteer doctors routinely run out of medicine for coughing, runny-nosed children.

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Syria’s civil war spills into Lebanon, 4 dead

Syria’s civil war spilled over into neighboring Lebanon once again on Sunday, with gun battles in the northern city of Tripoli between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad’s regime that left four dead.

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New tests could hamper food outbreak detection

New tests that promise to speed up diagnosis of food poisoning pose an unexpected problem: They could make it more difficult to identify dangerous outbreaks like the one that sickened people who ate a variety of Trader Joe’s peanut butter this fall.

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GOP throws Obama’s old deficit stands back at him

Some of the best Republican arguments against President Barack Obama’s proposals to avoid a “fiscal cliff” come from the president himself, in comments he made months or years before his re-election.

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