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SATURDAY, JAN. 2, 2016


Katy Howser, a kindergarten teacher in the Santa Clara School District, walks Dec. 11 outside her apartment at Casa Del Maestros, an apartment complex built by the school district for teachers, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Districts look at subsidized housing to stem teacher shortages

SAN FRANCISCO – As the days get shorter, first-grade teacher Esmeralda Jiminez watches the dimming afternoon sky outside her classroom window the way her pupils watch the clock at dismissal time. The studio apartment Jiminez rents for $1,783 a month, or 43 percent of her salary, is in one of San Francisco’s sketchiest neighborhoods. Getting home involves running a gauntlet of feces-strewn sidewalks, popping crack pipes, discarded needles and menacing comments – daily irritants that become more daunting after dark.

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Ambulances bring the bodies of 17 Palestinians to a hospital in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, Jan.1, 2016. The Israeli military has transferred 23 bodies of Palestinians it says were involved in violence to their families in the West Bank, out of which 17 were from Hebron alone.

Funerals held for Palestinians killed in months of violence

RAMALLAH, West Bank – Tens of thousands of people attended funerals in the West Bank on Saturday for Palestinians killed in violence over the past few months during a period of near-daily Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. The burials came a day after Israel transferred 23 bodies to the West Bank of Palestinians it said were involved in the current wave of attacks.

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Health care repeal vote to open a political year in Congress

WASHINGTON – It’s been like a long-delayed New Year’s resolution for Republicans. But 2016 will finally be the year when they put legislation on President Barack Obama’s desk repealing his health care law. The bill undoing the president’s prized overhaul will be the first order of business when the House reconvenes this week, marking a sharply partisan start on Capitol Hill to a congressional year in which legislating may take a back seat to politics.

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Rubbish is piled up on the edge of cultivated land near Caivano, in the surroundings of Naples, southern Italy, on Nov. 18, 2013. An Italian parliament-mandated health survey has confirmed higher-than-normal incidents of death and cancer among residents in and around Naples.

Italy confirms higher cancer, death rates from mob dumping of toxic waste

ROME – An Italian parliament-mandated health survey has confirmed higher-than-normal incidents of death and cancer among residents in and around Naples, thanks to decades of toxic waste dumping by the local Camorra mob. The report by the National Institute of Health said it was “critical” to address the rates of babies in the provinces of Naples and Caserta who are being hospitalized in the first year of life for “excessive” instances of tumors, especially brain tumors.

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Mexico mayor slain a day after taking office

MEXICO CITY – The mayor of a city south of Mexico’s capital was shot to death Saturday, less than a day after taking office, officials said. Gunmen opened fire on Mayor Gisela Mota at her house in the city of Temixco, said the government of Morelos state, where Temixco is located. Two presumed assailants were killed and three others detained following a pursuit, said Morelos security commissioner Jesus Alberto Capella. He said the suspects fired on federal police and soldiers from a vehicle.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 1, 2016

Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on ‘M.A.S.H.,’ dies at 82

LOS ANGELES – Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on “M.A.S.H.,” has died. The actor was surrounded by family when he died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia at age 82, according to his publicist and longtime friend Rona Menashe.

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In Brief: Gunman kills two at bar in Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM – A gunman opened fire outside a popular bar in the coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Friday afternoon, killing two people and wounding at least three others before fleeing the scene, police said. The motive for the shooting spree, which took place on a busy main street, was not immediately clear, police said.

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New Year’s Eve skyscraper fire in Dubai smolders into 2016

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A towering inferno that engulfed a 63-story luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year’s Eve still smoldered through the first day of 2016 as firefighters worked to douse its embers on Friday. Authorities said they were still working to determine the cause of the fire that erupted before the city’s fireworks extravaganza and raced through the Address Downtown, one of the most upscale hotels and residences in Dubai.

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China is building a second aircraft carrier in bid to project power

BEIJING – China has announced it is building a second aircraft carrier – and its first using entirely domestic technology – as the country seeks to project its military influence farther from its shores. The carrier is being built from scratch with domestic technology in the northeastern port city of Dalian, China’s defense ministry announced on New Year’s Eve. It “has a displacement of over 50,000 tons and uses regular engines,” ministry spokesman Col. Yang Yujun said in a news conference, according to a statement on the ministry’s website. “It can load J-15 and other carrier-loaded aircrafts.”

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Some begin picking up pieces in Missouri after flooding

ST. LOUIS – The worst of the dangerous, deadly winter flood is over in the St. Louis area, leaving residents of several water-logged communities to spend the first day of 2016 assessing damage, cleaning up and figuring out how to bounce back – or in some cases, where to live. Farther south, things were getting worse: Record and near-record crest predictions of the Mississippi River and levee breaks threatened homes in rural southern Missouri and Illinois. Two more levees succumbed Friday, bringing to at least 11 the number of levee failures.

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Indian capital starts limiting cars for 2 weeks to clear air

NEW DELHI – The Indian capital on Friday kicked off a sweeping plan to reduce its record-high air pollution by limiting the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks. New Delhi is testing a formula where private cars will be allowed on the roads only on alternate days from Jan. 1-15, depending on whether their license plates end in an even or an odd number.

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Clinton campaign reports $37 million in primary money in Q4

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign said Friday it raised $37 million in the past three months and more than $112 million in all of 2015 to support her bid for the Democratic nomination. Clinton’s team also said she raised $18 million for the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic parties nationwide in the fourth quarter, putting her total haul for the past three months at $55 million. The fundraising for the DNC and state parties is aimed at helping Clinton in the general election should she win her party’s nomination.

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Completing U.S.-Mexico border wall would be daunting task

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Close to the southern tip of Texas a border wall suddenly ends. Its final post sits in a dry cornfield half a mile from the nearest bend in the Rio Grande river, the actual border with Mexico. It would be easy to walk around it. Tires left by the border patrol rest nearby. Agents drag them behind trucks to smooth the cracked earth and check for footprints.

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