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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president says today's signing of a deal with the United States represents a fundamental shift in the country's relations with the world. The long-awaited security pact will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year. President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (ahsh-RAHF' gah-NEE' ah-mahd-ZEYE') says it's "only for Afghan security and stability."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The embarrassing White House security breach gets its first public airing before a congressional panel today when Secret Service Director Julia Pierson appears before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Her testimony comes as a congressman says the man who got into the building went a lot farther than just inside the front door.

SCOTT, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say charges will be upgraded to capital murder for a man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping in the disappearance of an Arkansas real estate agent now that her body has been found in a shallow grave at a concrete company. Beverly Carter's body was found early today. She had been missing since she failed to return from a Thursday appointment. Thirty-three-year-old Arron Michael Lewis is in custody.

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an eye on potential ethical conflicts in medicine, data is being released today on payments by drug companies to individual doctors. Critics say there's a built-in conflict of interest that could influence prescribing decisions. President Barack Obama's health care law requires manufacturers to report payments and gifts to physicians, unless they are valued at less than $10.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's competition watchdog says tax rebates that Ireland granted iPhone maker Apple appear to amount to illegal state aid. Apple Inc. funnels the bulk of its international sales through subsidiaries in Ireland, where it benefits from low, negotiated tax deals. In a letter to the Irish government published today, the 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said the tax treatment granted to Apple raises "doubts about the compatibility" with EU law.

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