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Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, right, and French President Francois Hollande arrive to welcome world leaders for the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

LE BOURGET, France (AP) – Some 150 world leaders including President Barack Obama are joining U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday in kicking off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks near Paris, with organizers hoping the unprecedented high-level appearances will turbocharge the chances of reaching an ambitious deal to cut emissions …

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Key sticking points in UN climate talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for a working dinner with France's President Francois Hollande, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. More than 140 world leaders are gathering in Paris for high-stakes climate talks that start Monday, and activists are holding marches and protests around the world to urge them to reach a strong agreement to slow global warming. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS (AP) – Some 180 countries have already presented plans to cut or rein in their climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a huge step forward for the U.N. climate talks but a host of difficult issues remain to be resolved before a new climate agreement can be adopted in Paris. …

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After uncertainty, new start for Syrian family in Germany

In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, Syrian refugees Reem Habashieh, right, and her mother Khawla Kareem, left, prepare dinner in their flat in Zwickau, eastern Germany. Three months after their arrival in Germany and after being bounced around from temporary shelter to temporary shelter, crammed together with hundreds of other refugees, the Syrian family of two boys, two girls and their widowed mother finally has their own four walls to call home. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

ZWICKAU, Germany (AP) – Just before dawn, a worker shook the matriarch of the refugee family out of sleep at their asylum center in a depressed German town. “Get up and pack your belongings,” the woman said curtly. “A taxi will come in an hour and take you away.” The …

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Timeline of key events in UN effort against climate change

The flags of the U.N. and France fly as world leaders arrive for the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

PARIS (AP) – After decades of warnings from scientists that greenhouse gas emissions were warming the planet, governments started coming together in the 1980s to combat the problem. Here’s a timeline of key moments in the diplomatic effort to stop global warming, leading up to the U.N. climate conference in …

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Obama, Xi tout close US-China climate coordination

President Barack Obama, right, French President Francois Hollande, second from right, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo pause for a moment of silence at the Bataclan, site of one of the Paris terrorists attacks, after Obama arrived in town for the COP21 climate change conference, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Paris. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

PARIS (AP) – President Barack Obama on Monday touted close U.S. cooperation with China on climate change as vital to world efforts to slow global warming, even as he acknowledged persistent differences with China’s President Xi Jinping over cybersecurity and maritime security. Huddling with Xi on the sidelines of the …

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Hull-aballoo: New Navy destroyer’s seaworthiness questioned

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2013 file photo the Navy's stealthy Zumwalt destroyer is built at Bath Iron Works, in Bath, Maine. The Navy's largest destroyer cuts an imposing figure: massive in size, with an angular shape, hidden weapons, and an unusual hull that fell out of favor a century ago in part because it can be unstable. How this unusual hull shape works in rough seas will be answered when the ship heads to sea in December.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

BATH, Maine (AP) – The largest destroyer built for the U.S. Navy cuts an imposing figure: massive, with an angular shape, hidden weapons and antennas, and electric-drive propulsion. But underneath the stealthy exterior resides a style of hull that fell out of favor a century ago in part because it …

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