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December 5, 2014

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UNITED STATES-PAKISTAN THAW

WASHINGTON — American airstrikes on Pakistani militants in Afghanistan are providing the latest signal of a thaw in US-Pakistan relations. By Intelligence Writer Ken Dilanian.

POLICE-CHOKEHOLD DEATH

NEW YORK — Civil rights leaders decry a grand jury decision not to charge a white New York City police officer in the chokehold death of a black man as thousands of people united in anger and disbelief took to the streets for a second night.

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DEFENSE SECRETARY-CARTER

WASHINGTON — The experiences that Ashton Carter would bring to the job of defense secretary are vastly different from Chuck Hagel’s in several important ways. How Carter would pursue President Barack Obama’s defense agenda — or use his influence to bend it in new directions — is less obvious. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. Eds: 3 p.m. announcement.

QATAR-ADOPTION CASE

LOS ANGELES — A U.S. couple cleared in the death of their 8-year-old daughter arrived home to Los Angeles and reunited with family members following a legal battle that kept them in Qatar for nearly two years, including almost a year spent in jail.

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MEXICO-VIOLENCE-PRESIDENT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president announces measures to boost the economy in Guerrero, making his first visit to the tumultuous state since 43 students disappeared there more than two months ago and set off the biggest crisis of his administration. By E. Eduardo Castillo.

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ARGENTINA-BOND PAYMENT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s government says it will pay its 2015 Boden bonds before the deadline to curb market speculation that the country won’t be able to service its debt next year.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

CANADA-CHRISTIE

CALGARY, Alberta — The Keystone XL pipeline from Canada should have been approved a long time ago and the U.S. regulatory process has gone overboard, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

BILL COSBY-LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES — A woman suing Bill Cosby for sexual battery attempted to sell a story about the comedian to a tabloid a decade ago and tried to extort money in exchange for her silence, Cosby’s attorney said in a court filing. By Anthony McCartney.

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