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Afghanistan's Loya Jirga resoundingly approved an agreement to allow up to 9,000 U.S. troops to stay in the country after the NATO mission ends next year. But President Hamid Karzai said he won't sign the deal, at least, not yet.

The Philippines' favorite son, Manny Pacquiao, returned to the boxing ring and gave victims of the typhoon something to celebrate.

Hondurans vote for a new president on Sunday. Crime, gangs and drug cartel violence have made it among the most dangerous countries in the world. If that weren't enough to drive voters to the polls, Honduras's economy is nearly bankrupt, and more than half of the country lives in poverty.

A new trend has parents passing up traditional strollers in favor of big, sturdy wagons complete with canopies, coolers, storage space and other creature comforts.

Young healthy people are critical to making the new insurance marketplaces work. A Colorado advertising campaign pushes the boundaries of taste as it tries to persuade young people to click on a link for the decidedly unsexy topic of health insurance.

Spain's dictator Francisco Franco set the country's clocks an hour ahead in World War II in order to be aligned with Hitler's Germany. Memo to Spain: the war is over, the Nazis lost and it's OK to turn back the clocks now.

This week, the Justice Department signed a $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase over the bank's mortgage practices. But it's not the first multibillion-dollar deal. Five banks, including JPMorgan, reached an agreement in 2012. Not all of the results are in, but there are some lessons learned — and lingering concerns.

After a fierce bidding war, FX spinoff cable network FXX won the rights to make all seasons of TV's longest-running scripted show, The Simpsons, available for online streaming. It may be the largest TV syndication deal ever. Anthony Breznican, a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, says the deal shows how networks are trying to capitalize on the "binge watching" trend. The deal gives FXX the right to air more than 500 episodes of The Simpsons, now in its 25th season on Fox.

In Afghanistan, a grand assembly of some 2,500 tribal elders, politicians and civil society elites are meeting to decide whether to approve a security agreement with the United States. Approval by the grand assembly, called a loya jirga, would be in addition to the OK of the Afghan government. But as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has noted, the agreement can't go forward without the backing of the Afghan people. The security agreement would allow as many as 9,000 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after the current NATO mission ends next year. Those troops would continue to train Afghan forces, but also conduct limited counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida fighters.

A former Massachusetts chemist is now behind bars because of sloppy drug testing that went on for years, compromising up to 190,000 criminal cases and costing the state millions of dollars. The scandal raises questions of accountability in forensic labs around the country.

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