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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2016 file photo, a Boeing 767 with an Amazon.com "Prime Air" livery flies over Lake Washington. The online retailer says it will lease 10 Boeing 767s planes, which will bring its total aircraft fleet up to 50. Amazon has been working to gain more control over how its packages are delivered, helping it rely less on other delivery services, such as UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
December 21, 2018 - 10:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is expanding its airplane fleet as it tries to diminish its reliance on major delivery services like UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service. The company said Friday it will lease 10 Boeing 767s planes, bringing its total fleet to 50 with the goal of getting orders to people...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party in El Paso, Texas. A year defined by the political power of women is ending with men enjoying much of the attention. Outgoing Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have emerged as early favorites in the opening phase of the 2020 campaign. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
December 20, 2018 - 11:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A year defined by the political power of women is ending with men enjoying much of the attention. Outgoing Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have emerged as early favorites in the opening phase of the 2020 campaign. All the...
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Israeli soldiers stand around the opening of a hole that leads to a tunnel that the army says crosses from Lebanon to Israel, near Metula, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Israel's prime minister Wednesday called on the U.N. Security Council to condemn "wanton acts of aggression" by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, designate it a terrorist organization and heighten sanctions on it over attack tunnels it has dug into Israel. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
December 20, 2018 - 11:40 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has begun destroying a network of cross-border tunnels built by Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group. Israel this month announced the discovery of the tunnels, which it says were part of a Hezbollah attack plot. So far, it has uncovered four tunnels in an...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018 file photo, a Narcan nasal device which delivers naloxone lies on a counter as a health educator gives instructions on how to administer it in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, the U.S. government told doctors to consider prescribing the overdose antidote naloxone to many more patients who take opioid painkillers. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 19, 2018 - 1:01 pm
The U.S. government is telling doctors to consider prescribing overdose reversal drugs such as Narcan to many more patients taking opioid painkillers. The strategy could add more than $1 billion in health care costs. Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir announced the guidance Wednesday. He...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2018 file photo, damage can be seen to one of three Ukrainian ships seized by Russia during a naval incident near the annexed Crimean Peninsula. A top official from Ukraine has told the BBC in remarks posted on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, that the country plans to again send its warships into the Sea of Azov, a move that could set the stage for another clash with Russia. (AP Photo, File)
December 19, 2018 - 9:46 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A top Ukrainian official says that the country plans to again send its warships into the Sea of Azov, a move that could set the stage for another clash with Russia. Oleksandr Turchynov, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, has told the BBC that another such...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2011, file photo, poet Naomi Nye speaks with students at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, La., reading from some of her published pieces. The Academy of American Poets announced Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, that Nye’s “Kindness” was the most popular work on poets.org. (Richard Alan Hannon/The Advocate via AP, File)
December 19, 2018 - 9:05 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Poetry readers this year have been in the mood for kindness. The Academy of American Poets announced Wednesday that Naomi Shihab Nye's "Kindness" was the most popular work on poets.org this year. More than 250,000 people in 2018 clicked on the poem, which features such lines as "It...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks down to a mobile devices as she leads the last cabinet meeting of the German government for this year, at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The German government will decide at the meeting about an initiative to attract foreign skilled workers. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
December 19, 2018 - 8:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no plans to reshuffle her Cabinet, Merkel's spokesman said Wednesday after a one-time rival of the chancellor hinted he'd be interested in joining the government, Merkel's Christian Democratic Union is trying to heal internal divisions and prevent...
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December 19, 2018 - 8:45 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top defense body has agreed to upgrade the country's armed forces and equipment in the next decade. President Klaus Iohannis said from 2019 to 2028, Romania will acquire ground-to-air missiles, multirole combat aircraft, armored transporters and medical...
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In this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 photo piles of electronic waste is placed next to a drain chocked with plastic and garbage in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
December 18, 2018 - 10:04 am
LONDON (AP) — The world's burgeoning plastic waste crisis has won the attention of Britain's Royal Statistical Society, which chose 90.5 percent — the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled — as its international statistic of the year. The society, which chooses a winner from...
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Rwanda's President Paul Kagame talks with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, right, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
December 18, 2018 - 7:52 am
BERLIN (AP) — European officials and companies met with African leaders in Vienna Tuesday for talks intended as a springboard to increase investment in Africa. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said investments of around...
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