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BANGKOK (AP) — A weaker-than-expected U.S. manufacturing report sent Asian stock markets down Tuesday. U.S. manufacturing shrank in November to its weakest level since July 2009. The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing conditions fell 49.5 from October's 51.7. Numbers above 50 signal growth, while those below indicate contraction. One reason for...