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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is slapping Apple with a big tax bill after a ruling that the company's deal with Ireland was a little too sweet. The EU ruled that Apple will have to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes, plus interest, to Ireland after finding that it received illegal tax benefits over 11 years. The Irish finance minister says he'll try to appeal.

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') is warning Turkey and Russia about their actions regarding Syria. In a diplomatic speech today, he criticized Turkey's "contradictory" military intervention in Syria and warned Russia not to become a "protagonist" in the war. He says "multiple, contradictory interventions carry the risk of a general inflammation" of the fighting."

TOKYO (AP) — Northern Japan is being lashed by a typhoon, the first to make landfall in the region since 1951, when record-keeping began. Typhoon Lionrock made landfall near the city of Ofunato, about 310 miles northeast of Tokyo, threatening to bring floods to an area still recovering from the 2011 tsunami. The storm had already paralyzed traffic, caused blackouts and prompted officials to urge residents to evacuate.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four missing children from California have been found in Louisiana and state police say they arrested two adults, including a man wanted for alleged lewd acts with a child. State police say troopers found the man, woman and children in Acadia Parish early Sunday, acting on information from the U.S. Marshal's Service. The children are 4, 6, 7 and 8 years old.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The number of Hepatitis A cases in Virginia traced to Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations has grown to 40, up from 28 less than a week ago. There are more than 500 of the smoothie franchises across the country, and Virginia is not the only state affected. The infections were connected to frozen strawberries. The Hepatitis A virus affects the liver.

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