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WASHINGTON (AP) — After three decades, federal health officials are lifting a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. Major restrictions will remain. The new policy bars donations from men who have had sex with another man in the previous year. While this policy has been criticized by activists, the FDA stance is in line that of other countries, including Australia and the U.K.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors say they expect to file murder charges and other counts against the driver who crashed into pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip, killing an Arizona woman and injuring dozens of others. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson says the vehicle could be considered a deadly weapon. Wolfson didn't identify the woman in custody, but police have said that she's in her 20s and recently came to Vegas.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Six foreign soldiers have been killed in a suicide attack near the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, and some of them were Americans. Another three NATO troops were wounded in the attack, according to a U.S. official. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, which was the largest attack on foreign troops in Afghanistan since August.

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says when it comes to the fight against the Islamic State group, his critics have a point. In a year-end interview with NPR News, the president says a failure to keep the public informed about U.S. strategy has contributed to fears that not enough is being done. Obama says the most damage the group can do is to force Americans to change how they live or what they believe in.

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities have questioned and released five people, including two brothers, who were detained after searches related to last month's Paris attacks. Authorities said they found no weapons or explosives at either residence that was searched, and didn't identify those detained. The Nov. 13 attacks in the French capital claimed 130 lives.

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