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Japan Population To Shrink By One-Third By 2060

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's rapid aging means the national population of 128 million will shrink by one-third by 2060 and seniors will account for 40 percent of people, placing a greater burden on the shrinking work force population to support the social security and tax systems

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Oil Hovers Near $100 Amid Iran Tensions

BANGKOK (AP) — Crude prices were steady Friday amid a weaker U.S. dollar and expectations that Europe will be able to find oil elsewhere if Iran makes good on its threat to immediately halt exports to the region

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EU Formally Adopts Iran Oil Embargo

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union formally adopted an oil embargo Monday against Iran and a freeze of the assets of the country's central bank, part of sanctions meant to pressure the country to resume talks on its nuclear program

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Leap Second Lives On At Least Another Week

GENEVA (AP) — The leap second may live on for at least another three years.

Once or twice a year the leap second can be tacked on to synchronize atomic clocks — the world's scientific timekeepers — with Earth's rotational cycle, which does not run quite like clockwork

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Oil Prices Rise On China Economic Report

Oil prices rose Tuesday on signs that China, the world's second-largest economy, may avoid a significant slowdown.

China said its economy grew by 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter, which was slower than the previous quarter

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US: Deadly Attack On Americans Was Premeditated

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. investigation has concluded that the killing of eight U.S. airmen and one American civilian contractor in Afghanistan last spring was a premeditated act by an Afghan colonel acting alone

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U.S. Soldiers Awarded For Bravery In Frankfurt Attack
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Two Americans Honored For Catching Terrorist Suspect

Germany's government presented the nation's highest civilian award Monday to two Americans who helped apprehend an Islamic extremist after he attacked a U.S. Air Force bus last year and killed two airmen.

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WHO: Bird Flu Research Raises Safety Questions

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says U.S. government-funded research on a deadly strain of bird flu has raised questions about the need for tighter safety measures to prevent scientific information from falling into the wrong hands

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Russia: Nuclear Sub Fire Finally Out

MOSCOW (AP) — Firefighters extinguished a massive fire aboard a docked Russian nuclear submarine Friday as some crew members remained inside, officials said, assuring that there was no radiation leak and that the vessel's nuclear-tipped missiles were not on board

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China Reveals Its Space Plans Up To 2016

BEIJING (AP) — China plans to launch space labs and manned ships and prepare to build space stations over the next five years, according to a plan released Thursday that shows the country's space program is gathering momentum.

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