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Updated at 6:06 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The nation's health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama's law and by costly prescription drugs, the government said Friday. The growth of 5.8 percent in 2015 boosted total health care spending to $3.2 trillion. That's an average of $9,990 per person, although the vast share of that money is spent caring for the sickest patients. Health spending grew about 2 percentage points faster...

Updated at 6:05 PM

ROME (AP) " The United States and Russia are studying new ways to break a monthslong diplomatic deadlock over how to stop the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. He said the "ideas" will be...

Updated at 6:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " A national commission was set Friday to deliver urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The report follows the worst hacking of U.S. government...

Updated at 6:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " House Democrats are expected to keep the leader of their campaign organization in his job, even though they're frustrated with their disappointing Election Day showing. New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan headed the Democratic...

Updated at 5:59 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation's largest health providers can rely on their church affiliation to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers. The justices agreed...

Updated at 5:49 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink. She had voted for the president-elect on the belief that he would knock the moneyed elites from their perch in Washington, D.C. And she...

Updated at 5:48 PM

BEIRUT (AP) " The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Syrian state media says a town northeast of the capital Damascus has been cleared of rebel fighters after an agreement with the government, and an...

Updated at 5:47 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) " Thomas Edison's door key to the 19th century lab in New Jersey where he invented the phonograph goes up for auction this weekend, along with lightbulbs he perfected. Six keys in all from the famous inventor's Menlo Park...

Updated at 5:44 PM

LONDON (AP) " IOC President Thomas Bach says it is in the interest of all parties for NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation have been negotiating...

Updated at 5:36 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) " There has been a hiccup at the nation's first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power. Deepwater Wind, which owns the five-turbine farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, says one turbine is not...

Updated at 5:35 PM

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) " Gambians tore down posters of longtime President Yahya Jammeh and celebrated in the streets as the military stood by Friday after election officials said the ruler of more than two decades would concede defeat in a startling...

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