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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister is vowing that his military will continue with an aggressive operation aimed at militants from the North Waziristan tribal area. This, despite an assault by Taliban gunmen today on a school run by the military in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. The attack killed at least 141 people, mostly children. Pakistan's military says the seven attackers were all killed.

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian leaders are demanding to know how a man with a violent criminal history was able to slip through the cracks, and end up in a downtown Sydney cafe -- where he took 17 people hostage. The 16-hour siege ended when police stormed into the cafe, in a desperate bid to free the hostages. Two of the hostages and the gunman were killed.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It's an announcement that is certain to reverberate throughout Republican politics. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he's going to "actively explore" a campaign for president. And that could pre-empt some other Republicans with White House aspirations, in the bidding for big donations and public support. The field includes more than a dozen potential candidates, none of whom have formally announced plans to run.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California has found in favor of Apple in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players. The jury rejected a claim by attorneys for consumers and iPod resellers, who argued that Apple's use of restrictive software froze out competing makers of portable music players. Apple had argued that the software provided necessary security protection.

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is overturning a ruling that ordered Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder. Michelle Kosilek -- who was born Robert Kosilek -- has waged a lengthy legal fight for the surgery she says is needed to relieve mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder. The appeals court says she failed to demonstrate that prison officials violated the Eight Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment by not providing the surgery.

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