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Updated at 5:57 PM

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) " Syrian government forces on Tuesday broke a siege imposed by the Islamic State group on a northern military air base since 2013, marking the first major achievement by President Bashar Assad's troops since Russia began its airstrikes in late September, state media said.

Updated at 5:51 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " More than 70 years ago scientists working in secret created the atomic bomb that ended World War II and ushered the world into the nuclear age.

Updated at 5:50 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) " The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday that it would not pursue civil rights charges against a white Milwaukee police officer who shot a mentally ill black man 14 times in a city park last year.

Updated at 5:48 PM

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) " The U.S. envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region on Tuesday urged Burundi's government and the opposition to start internationally mediated talks without pre-conditions in order to end the country's political crisis.

Updated at 5:43 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) " When cotton balls were scattered outside the black culture center at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in 2010 in a clear reference to slavery, two white students were arrested and expelled.

Updated at 5:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " Starbucks is pushing back against suggestions stoked by Republican presidential contender Donald Trump that this year's minimalist design for its holiday cups is a slap at Christmas.

Updated at 5:39 PM

DERRY, N.H. (AP) " Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she does not currently support seeking a declaration of war against the Islamic State, citing the diffuse nature of the threat.

Updated at 5:37 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to sustain a multimillion dollar judgment against Tyson Foods Inc. in a pay dispute with more than 3,000 workers at a pork-processing plant in Iowa.

Updated at 5:36 PM

BERLIN (AP) " Lufthansa and thousands of passengers at its German hubs braced for more delays and cancellations " even as the airline and the union for striking flight attendants said late Tuesday they were open to mediation.

Updated at 5:30 PM

CALAIS, France (AP) " The latest news as tens of thousands of people fleeing war or poverty make their way across Europe. All times local.

Updated at 5:19 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the first new tobacco products for the U.S. market, under a system authorized more than 5 years ago.

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