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Russian Muslim clerics warn of unrest over ban of translation of Koran
By Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's senior Islamic clerics warned the country's leaders on Friday unrest could erupt in Muslim communities in Russia and beyond if a court decision ordering the destruction of a interpretive translation of Koran is not overturned. Tuesday's ruling by a…
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Anglicans name first woman bishop in British Isles

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Anglicans named the first woman bishop in the British Isles on Friday, a move analysts said would increase pressure on some other parts of the world's third-largest Christian grouping that reserve the top job for men. The Rev Pat Storey said she was "excited…
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Is This Putting Tanning Salons Out Of Business?

More often people are looking for a safe way to get gorgeous tan at home. We tested the top lotions, sprays and gels to find the best ones.AdChoicesTanPhysicsSponsored



Pope message heralds change of tone on gays, abortion

By Philip Pullella and Tom Heneghan VATICAN CITY/PARIS (Reuters) - A landmark interview by Pope Francis will force conservative members of the Catholic Church to re-calibrate how they deal with gays, abortion and contraception but is not expected to be the precursor to seismic changes in doctrine,…
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Peace march in Back of the Yards neighborhood

A march for peace in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Friday was set to begin at the Holy Cross Immaculate Hearts of Mary, near the scene of Thursday night's shooting that left 13 people injured.
WLS – Chicago
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Thailand's Temple of Dawn to get $4 mn makeover

Thailand's iconic "Temple of Dawn" on the banks of Bangkok's Chao Phraya river is to undergo a three-year renovation costing around $4 million, authorities said Friday.
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Colo. searchers cross hundreds off missing lists

More than a week after massive flooding cut off communities dotting Colorado mountainsides, searchers have located more than 1,100 people previously listed as unaccounted for and missing.
Associated Press
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Scuffles, Arrests at Pasadena Apple Store's iPhone 5S Launch

As long lines formed outside Apple stores across the country today, tempers flared at one in Pasadena, Calif., where homeless people from Skid Row said they were bused in and paid to save spots on line. “They came by and they said they needed people...
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Kenyan president to miss UN meet, warns international court

NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya's president will not attend the UN General Assembly because his deputy will be away on trial at the International Criminal Court, State House said Friday, warning future cooperation with the ICC was in jeopardy."Whereas very important multilateral and bilateral meetings had…
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Trafficking case against Saudi princess dismissed

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A human-trafficking charge against a Saudi princess was abruptly dismissed Friday after prosecutors were unable to support claims by a Kenyan maid who said she had to escape from her employer's condominium after having her passport taken and being forced to work long hours…
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Helicopter Detours to Make Second Alaska Rescue

Guard helicopter picks up man with heart problems, detours to rescue crash victims in Alaska
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This Week in the Civil War

This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Sept. 22: Battle of Chickamauga, Ga.
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US grants Venezuela leader permission to enter airspace

The United States said Friday it has granted access to its airspace so Venezuela's president can make a weekend trip to China, countering assertions from Caracas that permission was denied.
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Same Thief Suspected in 2 NY Racing Museum Thefts

Police believe same thief stole 19 valuable trophies from 2 horse racing museums in upstate NY
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Shooting shatters window at Pittsburg courthouse

Pittsburg police are investigating a shooting that caused damage to a window at the courthouse.
KGO – San Francisco
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Pilot error blamed in 2011 Guyana plane crash

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Investigators have blamed pilot error for a 2011 plane crash in Guyana in which a Caribbean Airlines jet broke in half after touching down in the South American country.
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Cigarette DNA Helps Utah Sheriff Solve Cold Case

Utah sheriff stalks suspect in Florida for 4 days to snag DNA, make arrest in '95 killing
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Burglary suspect falls through ceiling in Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A burglar who tried to break into an ATM at a bank in San Francisco was arrested Friday after he hopped onto the roof of a nearby building to escape and fell into an apartment, police said.
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Egypt holds funeral for slain police general

CAIRO (AP) — Joined by Egypt's top interim leaders, Egypt's military chief led a funeral procession Friday for a police general killed in a raid on an Islamist stronghold near Cairo, aiming to show a national front against supporters of the ousted Islamist president.
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Mexico looks for landslide victims, chopper

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Mexican soldiers dug through tons of mud and dirt Friday in their continuing search for landslide victims, as authorities looked for a federal police helicopter that went missing while carrying out relief operations on the flood-stricken Pacific coast.
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Israel army roughs up EU envoys on West Bank aid trip

MAKHUL, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Israeli troops on Friday manhandled a group of European diplomats as they tried to hand out tents to Palestinian Bedouins whose West Bank homes were destroyed by the army.The troops used force to disperse the diplomats who had accompanied aid workers to the…
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Food Stamps Again a Vivid Symbol in Poverty Debate

The history and future of food stamps: A vivid symbol in the US debate over poverty programs
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US, Venezuela in overflight spat

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. officials said Friday that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was granted permission to fly over U.S. airspace after an apparent initial denial over his government's having requested it on short notice.
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Chicago police search for suspects in shooting that hurt 13

By Renita Young CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago police are searching for suspected gang members who opened fire with an assault weapon at a park late on Thursday, wounding 13 people including a 3-year-old boy, in an attack that highlighted Mayor Rahm Emanuel's struggle to stem street crime. Chicago…
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Nigeria forces battle Islamists in capital

Nigerian forces battled Boko Haram insurgents in the capital Abuja Friday as the military sent troops to a town where the Islamists slaughtered at least 87 people, casting doubt on claims that the group's rebellion has been contained.
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Target to hire fewer seasonal holiday workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Target plans to hire about 70,000 seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season, down about 20 percent from a year ago. The discounter is aiming to be more efficient in its hiring practices.
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The AARP's health insurance e-card campaign (6 photos)

The AARP, a non profit that represents the interests of people aged 50 and older, created a series of humorous e-cards for their members to encourage their adult children to enroll in new health insurance exchanges that are rolling out October 1.

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Israeli forces manhandle EU diplomats, seize West Bank aid

By Noah Browning KHIRBET AL-MAKHUL, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers manhandled European diplomats on Friday and seized a truck full of tents and emergency aid they had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished this week. A Reuters reporter saw soldiers throw sound…
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Christian hostel helped by Syria rebels

As social media abound with horror stories of jihadists murdering minorities in Syria, a group of elderly Christians in Aleppo and the rebels who care for them portray a different reality.
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CO makes massive rescue pet friendly

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Some helicopters rescuing people after massive flooding in Colorado carried more dogs, cats and fish than people. Rescuers using zip lines to evacuate people over raging rivers also risked their lives to make sure the four-legged members of families were safe.
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Honesty pays off for US homeless man who turned in $42,000

Honesty has -- quite literally -- paid off for a US homeless man who turned in a $42,000 find: a bid to raise money for him passed the $100,000 mark on Thursday.
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Union Leader: Navy Firefighters Had Faulty Radios

Union leader says Navy firefighters had faulty radios on the morning of DC Navy Yard shooting
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Photos of the day - September 20, 2013 (23 photos)

The best news photos of the day for September 20, 2013. Protest march in Srinagar, new iPhone 5S comes out and a "Blue Peace Flock" in Germany.

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How Americans in the West Bank do Sukkot

As the evening call to prayer reverberated through the hills surrounding Ramallah last night, the kids of Kochav Yaakov were clamoring down the empty streets on plastic trikes, their kippas barely hanging onto their heads.
Christian Science Monitor
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Authorities find 850 illegal snakes in animal control officer’s home

New York state and county authorities say that a Long Island animal control officer was illegally housing and selling hundreds of snakes and other reptiles from his own home.
The Sideshow
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With shovels, rescuers seek bodies in Mexican village

LA PINTADA, Mexico (AFP) - Using shovels and pickaxes, hundreds of rescuers dug on Friday a mountain of mud that buried a Mexican village, making little progress in finding scores of missing people.Soldiers, marines and civil protection workers toiled through the night in La Pintada, a…
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Why conservatives hate food stamps

Democrats see food stamps as a crucial part of the social safety net. If Republican budget hawks want to demonstrate that they really are a bunch of "mean-spirited" Scrooges, they couldn't pick a better target to cut.
The Week
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Suspended jail for French mother over son's 9/11 T-shirt

A French mother who sent her three-year-old son to school in a T-shirt reading "I am a bomb" and "Jihad, born on September 11" was given a suspended prison term Friday for defending crime.
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Ex-NFL player's NY home trashed by partying teens

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway initially thought the Twitter photos showing young people partying at his family's second home in upstate New York were a hoax. Then he saw pictures of teenagers standing on the dining room table he bought with his Super Bowl bonus.
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Man Accused of Planting Fake Bombs to Break Up Newlyweds

A New York City man desperate to win back an old flame planted homemade explosives around a neighborhood in the city’s Staten Island borough, apparently trying to frame the 34-year-old woman’s new husband, officials said. Omar Duran, 54, planted three bomb packages in three different...
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Group says domestic spying goes too far

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two men of Middle Eastern descent were reported buying pallets of water at a grocery store. A police sergeant reported concern about a doctor "who is very unfriendly." And photographers of all races and nationalities have been reported taking snapshots of post offices, bridges,…
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The 7 Weirdest Birth Control Methods Throughout History (7 photos)

It has not always been a world of birth control pills and condoms. In fact, there was a time when wooden blocks, elephant dung, and mercury prevailed. Take ancient China for instance: ladies who were feeling a little randy would take a nice drink of fresh mercury to avoid getting pregnant (do not…

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Why is the gender wage gap stuck? 3 theories

Women in full-time, year-round jobs still make 77 cents for every dollar men make, said the U.S. Census Bureau this week — a zero percent change since 2002.Full-time male workers brought in median annual earnings of $49,398 in 2012, compared with $37,791 for females. That's almost an $11,500…
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Mexico mudslide search to resume with scores missing

Rescuers on Friday were to resume the grim task of digging out a Mexican village buried by a landslide, with scores of people still missing in the mountain of mud.
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Venezuela arrests ex-policemen who shamed new force

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities on Friday arrested six former policemen who appeared in uniform in a homemade video cursing and firing their pistols in the air, embarrassing a new national force set up to improve the police's dire image. The video, widely watched online, prompted fresh…
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Colorado Pets, Including Fish, Rescued From Flood

Colorado Rescue Teams Promise 'No Pets Left Behind'
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Early stumbles in GOP races for post-Perry Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For Republicans eager to lead Texas after Gov. Rick Perry finally steps aside in 2014, there's one easy way to describe their campaign blunders so far: Oops.
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Seriously, Why Are These People Waiting in Line for the New iPhones?

Even After Seven iPhone Launches, the Lines Persist. But Why?
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Canals run dry at Venetian in Vegas for 1st time

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's not often you can use the word "dry" to describe a Las Vegas landmark, but tourists hoping to cruise along the Venetian hotel-casino's indoor canals are finding them tapped out.
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At America’s worst college, bizarro professor spouts Navy Yard conspiracy theory

Florida Atlantic University remains and apparently always will be the worst place in America to go to college.
The Daily Caller
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7 Not-So-Common Baby Names You Should Consider (7 photos)

Unusual can be good; in fact in most cases it's interesting, intelligent and completely "out of the box." The same could be said about unusual baby names. Chances are, many of you are looking for a baby name that is different. Something that is out of the ordinary, unique, one-of-a-kind, and yes,…

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Super Typhoon Usagi closes in on Taiwan and Philippines

HONG KONG (AFP) - Super Typhoon Usagi, the most powerful cyclone of 2013 so far, was closing in on Taiwan and the Philippines on Saturday, packing gusts of nearly 300 kilometres (185 miles) per hour and bringing storm surge and torrential rain.Usagi, which intensified dramatically into a super…
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Amanda Knox on Retrial: 'Everything Is at Stake'

Amanda Knox won't return to Italy for retrial, even though she knows 'everything is at stake'
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Harvest moon shines in photographers' work (19 photos)

The harvest moon, which is the full moon that is closest to the start of autumn, was captured in a variety of interesting and creative ways by Flickr photographers over the last few days. Interested in showcasing your photography skills? Join Yahoo News' Your Photos group . See more work from…

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Airlines want to know why US OK'd previous mergers

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines and US Airways want to know why the federal government allowed previous airline mergers but seeks to block theirs.
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Danai Gurira reveals little about 'Walking Dead'

NEW YORK (AP) — Asked about the upcoming season of "The Walking Dead," Danai Gurira goes silent.
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Nicklaus Confident Woods Will Break Majors Mark

Jack Nicklaus believes Tiger Woods will eventually surpass Golden Bear's mark of 18 major wins
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Steak Myths Exploded: The Right Way to Cook Meat

It’s not rocket science, but cooking a steak sure is an art form. Perfect grill marks, the ideal sear, we’ve all had evenings that began with the best intentions but ended with an overcooked, dry piece of meat. There are rules we’ve all heard from...
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School slavery reenactment uses n-word repeatedly, sends black girl running through woods

From the bountiful annals of public-school stupidity comes this mind-blowing allegation: a Hartford, Conn. magnet school sent a 12-year-old black girl and her classmates on a field trip where the instructors held a slavery reenactment, chased the kids through the woods and repetitively called them…
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Front-runner Vettel scorches in Singapore

Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel set a scorching pace on Friday as he dominated free practice at the Singapore Grand Prix in ominous style.
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Eight arrested over $2 million e-theft from Barclays

British police said Friday they have arrested eight men after a gang stole £1.3 million (1.5 million euros, $2.09 million) from Barclays bank by taking control of a branch computer system.
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'Dropping' - Artist uses high-speed photography to capture the beauty of ink and oil (11 photos)

" Dropping " is the work of Italian graphic artist Alberto Seveso . Seveso captured these amazing images or "fluid sculpture" with the use of high-speed photography while mixing ink with oil, as a tribute to the dripping technique of Jackson Pollock. Seveso works from his home town of Portoscuso,…

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NASA declares end to Deep Impact comet mission

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spacecraft that gave scientists their first peek into a comet's icy interior will explore no more, NASA said Friday.
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High school dudes don yoga pants to protest rumored yoga pants ban

These kids today may be lazy and are probably up to no good, but don’t you dare try to take away their yoga pants.
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The Case for Never Weighing Yourself Again

Is your mood for the day frequently tied to the number you see on your bathroom scale? You're not alone: Recent research reveals that in some people, frequent self-weighing is actually tied to depression, poor body image and an overall crummy mood, even though the subjects were normal weight.…
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Returning Coloradans find sickening flood damage

LYONS, Colo. (AP) — Coloradans who ventured back into the flood-ravaged town of Lyons found scenes of stomach-churning destruction, with dozens of homes destroyed, family keepsakes missing, food spoiling and mud everywhere.
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Army Vet Fighting in Syria Gets Plea Deal

Army vet first accused of backing Al-Qaida in Syria fighting gets time served in plea deal
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Chicago park shootings: 13 in critical condition after gang violence

Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy, were wounded during a late-night attack in a south side Chicago park in what police say was a gang-related shooting.
Christian Science Monitor
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Tank Town USA - Thrill seekers can drive a tank and even crush a car (12 photos)

After months away from his home as an engineer aboard merchant marine ships, Todd Liebross decided to change careers so he could witness his children growing up. He opened Tank Town USA in April 2013 in the small north Georgia town of Morganton after three years of planning and a life-long…

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The Home Depot Throws Awesome Birthday Party for Deserving 5-Year-Old Boy

The workers at the Home Depot are known for being experts in painting, drilling, and hammering. Well, you can now add party planning to that list. Here's what happened. Five-year-old Joshua Hagerty, from Modesto, California, asked his mother for a birthday party at his favorite place, the Home…
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4 Types of People Who Can Benefit From 529 Plans

The higher education investment accounts known as 529 plans can be a great deal for many people. The tax-advantaged investment accounts offer families saving for college a federal tax break on earnings, along with state income tax deductions in many states. College savings plans also typically…
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What’s Behind the New Iranian Charm Offensive

Usually, it’s hard to tell quite what’s going on with Iran. Usually, the government is divided and its signals to a foreigner mixed, or at least wreathed in what’s been dubbed in the past as “Oriental indirection.” Translated — and anything coming out of Tehran must be translated — Oriental…
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Uncle Sam Awards $33.2 Million Grant to Test Alzheimer's Drug

The federal government has awarded the largest grant ever to test a drug on healthy subjects with the highest risk factors for developing the most common form of Alzheimer's disease. The award signals a shift from research on treating effects of the disease to learning how to prevent or slow its…
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Sexy biker look for Versace at Milan show

MILAN (AFP) - Denim, leathers and chains were the look at Versace's Milan Fashion Week show on Friday, as the family-owned brand looks for a possible investor to buy a stake.The company this week said it wanted a minority investor to pump finances into the brand and help develop it further.Its…
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Researchers turn to cannons to save elusive birds

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Three cannons explode on a deserted Cape Cod beach, unleashing a startling cloud of white smoke and sand. In tandem, projectiles erupt from the ground, flinging a net over a group of elusive shorebirds known as red knots.
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EU insists Ukraine free jailed ex-premier to sign treaty

The European Union on Friday insisted that Ukraine free jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko if it expects to sign a deal bringing Kiev closer to Europe.
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Woman gets speeding ticket while car is in repair shop

Edmonton, Canada resident, Sheila Taschuk took her Honda Element in to a repair shop and was surprised when she received a speeding ticket for a violation that occurred when the car was supposed to be at the shop.
Odd News
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Photographer explores abandoned hotel and neighborhood in Tennessee

A 30-year-old Memphis native-turned-Brooklynite trekked into Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a quest to find the site of the once vibrant summer neighborhood and hotel known as the Wonderland Club.
Yahoo News
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8 Hurt After Bus Crashes on Way to Casino

A bus that was carrying people to a California casino crashed on Thursday, injuring the driver and 7 passengers in the process. Officials are still investigating.
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Sprint joins national rivals with upgrade program

NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint is launching a new program that gives customers the chance to upgrade their phones every 12 months, becoming the last of the four national wireless carriers to target customers who want the latest devices.
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Yankees ace Pettitte to retire at season's end

Andy Pettitte, a star pitcher who came out of retirement last year for a second stint with the New York Yankees, said Friday he will call it quits for good after this season.
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In Somali capital, today's boom is real estate

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Mohamed Nor's phone rings constantly, kept busy by the property hunters who want to own a piece of Mogadishu. Other clients sit on a chaise longue inside his airy office in the battle-scarred Somali capital, waiting patiently for the real estate agent's attention.
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Nigeria's stolen oil is sold and laundered abroad: report

By Joe Brock ABUJA (Reuters) - Stolen Nigerian oil worth billions of dollars is sold every year on international markets and much of the proceeds are laundered in world financial centers like Britain and the United States, a report said on Thursday. An estimated 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil…
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How to get young people to buy Obamacare? Target their moms

Health insurance exchanges set up under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law open for enrollment Oct. 1, and in order for the exchanges to survive, millions of young adults under the age of 35 need to purchase insurance through them.
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Sharp-edged Ryanair admits it has an image problem

DUBLIN (AP) — Ryanair may finally have gotten the message: Customers like the European airline's cheap ticket prices and huge selection of destinations, but loathe how they're treated from start to finish.
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Thousands of drivers overcharged at DFW airport

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Thousands of drivers leaving Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport have been overcharged due to technical errors during the first two weeks of a new $56 million parking control system.
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Spain's king will have hip surgery for a third time

By Elisabeth O'Leary MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's King Juan Carlos will have hip surgery for a third time, the royal palace said on Friday, reviving speculation the ailing monarch may be close to abdicating. The 75-year-old monarch, who walks with a cane and has appeared visibly more frail in recent…
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Valley residents react to the Pope's comments on homosexuality

Pope Francis is expanding his previous comments on the church's view of homosexuality and abortion.
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French, Iranian Leaders to Meet Amid Syrian Crisis

French and Iranian presidents to meet at UN amid hopes Iran can help end Syrian civil war
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AP PHOTOS: The Great New England Hurricane of 1938

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — It slammed into land and rapidly moved north, destroying buildings, altering coastlines, ripping apart forests and shocking a population that had never experienced a hurricane.
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Rising Alzheimer's creates strain on caregivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Hilfiker knows what's coming. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's so early that he's had time to tell his family what he wants to happen once forgetfulness turns incapacitating.
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'Unfashionable' Victorian art enjoys revival

Cruel, enchanting and dangerous, John William Waterhouse's red-haired femme fatale pours poison into a cup in one of the once-feted Victorian artist's best known works, "The Love Philtre".
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Princeton University Hopes Cups Curb Meningitis

'Mine. Not Yours': Princeton University handing out cups to students to try to curb meningitis
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India's new central bank chief orders surprise rate hike

India's new central bank governor surprised markets Friday with a bold decision to hike interest rates on fears of rising inflation, triggering sharp falls on the stock market.
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Gov't Gets Poor Marks on Protecting Gun Rights

AP-NORC Poll: Public gives government poor marks on protecting right to keep and bear arms
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War hero 'groupies' follow trail to Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The autograph hounds waiting expectantly in a hotel lobby weren't drawn by actors, musicians or politicians, but by a few dozen men whose rare and distinguished achievements have earned them the nation's highest military honor.
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Chicago victim's relative urges shooters to turn themselves in

The family of a three-year old boy who was shot in Chicago during a shooting rampage on the city’s south side that left 13 people injured react to the shooting. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Many European LNG terminals face idling, seek new activities

* LNG supplies to Europe to fall 24 pct this year - SocGen * Producers prefer higher-paying customers in Asia, LatAm * Many cargoes to Europe are re-exported * Transshipment seen as growing business * ...
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Thousands Enter Contest to Have Their Product Sold at Walmart

Thousands of inventors from every corner of the US have sent their pitches via homespun videos to Walmart, all for a chance to win the Get on the Shelf contest. For the second year in a row, Walmart solicited entries in July from entrepreneurs and...
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Calif. Woman Sentenced to Life for Torturing Girl

Northern Calif. woman sentenced to life for torturing fiancé's daughter while he was in prison
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How John Boehner can ditch the Tea Party, keep his job, and make history

Speaker John Boehner appears to have had it with the far-right faction of about 45 congressmen who have repeatedly undercut his leadership. Asked by a reporter last week if he had a plan to avert the looming budget crisis, Boehner let his frustration show, replying, "Why don't you give me one so…
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Conservatives: Get ObamaCare and Uncle Sam will sexually assault you

Has this ever happened to you? You're in the middle of a routine physical exam when suddenly a nightmarish vision of Uncle Sam emerges from nowhere and needlessly probes your butt.That's the hyperbolic take on ObamaCare put forward in a conservative ad from from Generation Opportunity, a group…
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4 reasons the House spending bill is a terrible idea

They went ahead and did it. House Republicans pushed through a stopgap spending bill on Friday that would keep the government from shutting down on Oct. 1, but includes a provision that would defund ObamaCare.
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EPA's new carbon rules: The beginning of the end for the coal industry?

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency presented a new draft of carbon rules that will limit the amount of carbon dioxide new power plants will be allowed to emit. Big coal claims the new carbon rules will effectively "ban" new power plants. ...
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Iowa's County Fairs - The culture of America's heartland (21 photos)

Every summer, each of Iowa’s 99 counties throws its own fair. Provincial and patriotic, with beauty pageants and demolition derbies, polka dances and daredevil shows, these rural exhibitions reflect the traditional values, and the countrified culture, of America's Heartland. Though sparsely…

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Warming lull haunts authors of key climate report

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling to explain why global warming appears to have slowed down in the past 15 years even though greenhouse gas emissions keep rising.
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Vets may not get speedy cancer care

By C. E. Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adults diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer are experiencing longer wait times before receiving cancer treatment in Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers across the U.S., according to a recent report. The growing treatment delays may not be specific to…
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U.S. FDA issues final rule on medical device identifier codes

By Toni Clarke (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a long-awaited rule on Friday requiring companies to include codes on medical devices that will allow regulators to track the products, monitor them for safety and expedite recalls. The codes, known as unique device…
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6 constitutional amendments that just missed the cut

1. HOUSE SIZE"Article the First" may sound a bit Yoda-esque, but it was actually the first provision in the original proposal for the Bill of Rights. The amendment, which the first Congress approved in September 1789, basically provided a way to regulate the expansion of the House of…
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‘Auto-Brewery Syndrome’: Unusual Condition Makes Man Drunk Without Drinking a Drop of Alcohol

Thought he was a "closet drinker."
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Israel, allies fend off international censure

VIENNA (AP) — Israel and its allies fended off an Arab-led attempt Friday to censure the Jewish state's refusal to acknowledge that it possesses nuclear weapons and put them under international oversight.
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Nigeria reinforces town after Boko Haram massacre

Nigeria's military sent reinforcements Friday to the remote northeastern town of Benisheik after Boko Haram Islamists stormed the area, burnt dozens of homes and slaughtered at least 87 people.
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Homeless Hired to Stand in Line at Pasadena Apple Store's iPhone 5S Launch, Marred by Scuffles

As long lines formed outside Apple stores across the country today, tempers flared at one in Pasadena, Calif., where homeless people from Skid Row said they were bused in and paid to save spots on line. “They came by and they said they needed people...
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Female rebel fighters on Syria's frontline (21 photos)

A selection of recent and archive images of women who have joined the Free Syrian Army including members of the "Mother Aisha" battalion during military training in Aleppo.

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Ex-Halliburton manager charged in Gulf spill probe

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Halliburton manager was charged Thursday with destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a case that coincides with a guilty plea to a related charge by the Houston-based oilfield services company.
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Fired! Profane, gun-blasting police chief loses job. Justice served?

Police Chief Mark Kessler, who gained national notoriety for a series of YouTube videos in which he ranted against liberals while spraying gunfire, has been fired.
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Vietnam veterans get medals for heroic actions

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two Vietnam veterans were awarded the Silver and Bronze Star medals Friday for their courage in a battle on a jungle hillside where more than 75 percent of the troops with them that day were killed or wounded.
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Pope blasts abortion after decrying focus on rules

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortion as a symptom of today's "throw-away culture" and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.
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Employers cut jobs in 20 US states in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers cut jobs in 20 states last month, suggesting modest improvement in the U.S. job market this year is not enough to benefit all areas of the country.
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How the pope's statements on abortion, gays reflect his Latin American roots

Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis delivered a blunt message to the church: Stop obsessively preaching about the ills of abortion, contraception, and gay marriage.
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Let Them Eat Cake: Well-Fed Congressmen Vote to Cut SNAP

The GOP-led House followed through on its plans to gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program yesterday, passing a bill that will cut nearly $40 billion from the program over the next 10 years.
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US VP Joe Biden in Mexico, meeting with president

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said during a visit to Mexico on Friday that he wants to deepen relations between the neighboring countries beyond drugs, security and immigration.
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Fire destroys a Chadds Ford home

Officials say a fire destroyed a home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania early Friday morning.
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Colorado races to fix mountain roads before winter

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — With snow already dusting Colorado's highest peaks, the state is racing to replace key mountain highways washed away by flooding, in some cases laying down crude, one-lane gravel roads just to throw a lifeline to isolated towns before winter descends.
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Germans favor 'Mommy' Merkel as crisis-battered Europe faces vote

Angela Merkel is poised to win a third term as German chancellor on Sunday. But other Europeans say her economic policies are harming their countries.
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Zimbabwe lawyers: Police defy new constitution

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An independent lawyers group said Friday that Zimbabwe's police have already breached the nation's new constitution by breaking up a demonstration by women activists and banning a youth march to mark the United Nations International Peace Day.
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Syrian opposition condemns al-Qaida militants

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main Western-backed opposition group warned on Friday that the expanding influence of al-Qaida-linked militants in the rebel movement is undermining its struggle for a free Syria.
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Insight: Angered by chemical deal, Syrian rebels may lose the West

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition feels badly let down by Washington's decision to do a deal with Moscow to eliminate Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons but diplomats are warning the Syrian National Coalition that it risks losing Western support if it cannot adapt to…
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Pakistani army, government at loggerheads over Taliban talks

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Disagreement over how to handle an escalating insurgency has put Pakistan's all-powerful army on a collision course with the government, with the military increasingly vocal in its criticism of civilian leaders, officials and diplomats said. Prime…
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3-year-old boy among 13 injured in South Side shooting

Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy, were shot on the South Side Thursday night. According to the Chicago Police the shooting happened in the 1800 block of W 51st street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and appears to be gang related.
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Breathing room' ahead on US budget deficit, says CBO Chief

Budget expert Douglas Elmendorf directs the Congressional Budget Office and provided a nonpartisan analysis of the federal budget for the Sept. 18 Monitor Breakfast.
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U.N. nuclear assembly urges North Korea to halt any reactor restart

VIENNA (Reuters) - Member states of the U.N. nuclear agency called on North Korea on Friday to halt any move to restart a reactor capable of producing plutonium for bombs, after reports the isolated north Asian state might have done so. Pyongyang announced in April that it would revive the aged…
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Pa. town seeks to fire police chief in gun videos

Officials say they intend to fire a police chief suspended after he posted online videos of himself shooting automatic weapons.
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13 wounded in late-night attack on Chicago park

CHICAGO (AP) — A 3-year-old boy who was among 13 people wounded in a late-night attack on a southwest Chicago park was alert when he arrived at the hospital and was apparently doing well, his family and friends said early Friday.
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U.S. Air Force general wants simpler weapons quicker

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The three-star general who heads the secretive U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command is pressing arms makers to speed up the development of new weapons and move toward greater standardization of aircraft and sensors. "We're pretty relentless," Air…
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Town plans to fire foul-mouthed Pa. police chief

GILBERTON, Pa. (AP) — A small-town Pennsylvania police chief's profanity-laced Internet tirades about the Second Amendment and liberals have earned him a measure of notoriety — and now, his bosses intend, a pink slip.
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As UN meets, apply pressure against blasphemy laws

As the UN General Assembly begins its new session, a colossal gulf is again visible – a gulf between what international human rights law and UN resolutions say, and what some member nations do. A concrete effort must be made by the international community to close this gulf.
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Britain's surging anti-EU party promises 'earthquake' at polls

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of Britain's rising right-wing anti-EU party on Friday promised a political "earthquake" with victory in next year's European elections, a challenge that could threaten David Cameron's hopes of a second term as prime minister. Nigel Farage, head of…
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The Pentagon's 5 most ridiculous projects

When it comes to wasting money, the U.S. military is unbeatable. That much is made clear by a new Vanity Fair piece on the Pentagon’s troubled Joint Strike Fighter program. The Department of Defense first unveiled plans to buy 2,852 of the next generation fighter jets back in 2001 in a contract…
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Obamacare defunding: Will there be a filibuster?

Is there going to be a big, tag-team, talk-till-you’re-hoarse filibuster in the US Senate next week? We ask that question because Sen. Ted Cruz (R) of Texas is threatening one, and right now it seems likely to happen.
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Long Beach Police Warn About Possible `Bash Mob` Attack
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Alonso rebuffs McLaren over shock move

Former world champion Fernando Alonso rebuffed McLaren Friday over a shock return to the British team, and said he would stay at Ferrari for at least another three years.
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New iPhones draw crowds as Apple seeks to broaden base

NEW YORK (AFP) - Apple fans from Tokyo to New York joined the stampede Friday for the latest iPhones as the US tech giant aimed for wider global appeal in the competitive smartphone market.US stores opened with long queues after sales kicked off in Australia, Japan, China, Europe and…
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House chairman pledges action on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday pledged action on immigration overhaul legislation even as most of the attention on Capitol Hill is focused on fights over the budget and debt. Rep. Bob Goodlatte said the immigration issue needs to be solved and work is…
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Attack points to al-Qaida surge in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Under a heavy fog, al-Qaida militants disguised in military uniforms launched car bomb attacks on three different security and military posts in southern Yemen on Friday, killing 38 soldiers in the group's biggest attack in the country since last year.
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Washington gunman 'hunted' his victims: FBI

The gunman who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard stalked his victims as if he was "hunting" them, officials said Thursday as they painted a chilling portrait of how the carnage unfolded.
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Gaddafi's son appears in court in tribal stronghold

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi ZINTAN, Libya (Reuters) - The son and one-time political heir of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi appeared in a tribal court on Thursday after the militia holding him defied an order from the state to deliver him to a jail in the capital. Saif al-Islam has been held in a…
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Explosion hits Sunni mosque in Iraq, killing 18

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two bombs hidden inside air conditioners exploded Friday in a Sunni mosque packed with worshippers north of Baghdad, killing at least 18 people in the latest outburst of violence to hit the country.
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Did GOP Sen. Mike Lee accidentally make the Democrats' point about Obamacare and shutdowns?

Utah Sen. Mike Lee: "This law is not worth causing a shutdown over."
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Nigerian forces raid building in Abuja, 7 killed

By Joe Brock ABUJA (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed in what Nigerian security forces said was a shootout with Islamists in the capital Abuja, but several witnesses at a hospital said was an attack on unarmed squatters. The incident happened in a building near a high-end, walled-off…
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For Biden, Mexico's endless allure

By Duncan Wood and Christopher Wilson Vice President Joe Biden recently canceled the Panama leg of his trip to Latin America, citing the need to be in Washington, focusing on Syria. He did not, however, cancel his visit to Mexico. Biden arrived in Mexico late Thursday night and is due to meet with…
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Syrian rebels and al Qaeda group end battle near Turkish border

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda-linked fighters and a rival Syrian rebel group declared a truce on Friday after two days of clashes near the Turkish frontier in which the militant Islamists overran a border town, rebels said. Fighters from an al Qaeda affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant…
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Putin says no discrimination of gays in Russia

VALDAI, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin denied Thursday that gays face discrimination in Russia, saying that a new law that has drawn protests worldwide does not infringe on their rights.
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Climate report struggles with temperature quirks

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling over how to address a wrinkle in the meteorological data that has given ammunition to global-warming skeptics: The heating of Earth's surface appears to have slowed in the past 15 years even though…
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The 10 Accessory Trends to Know for Fall (20 photos)

By Connie Wang, Refinery29 In the past few seasons, accessory trends have seemed to be going in two ways. On one side was the ultra-ladylike, '50s throwback with kitten heels, box clutches, brooches, and headbands. On the other, was the ultra-tomboy, '90s throwbacks with lug soles, backpacks,…

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Pope’s Dope Advice: Church Needs To Stop Fixating on Gays, Abortion

Pope Francis is sounding off on the Catholic Church's apparent fixation on gays and abortions, saying the church needs to be more welcoming and stop getting locked up in "small-minded rules."In an in-depth interview with Jesuit journals, including America Magazine, the 76-year-old Argentinian…
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Israel probing claim French diplomat roughed up

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is probing allegations that a French diplomat was roughed up by Israeli soldiers at a West Bank protest and says it might file a complaint over her involvement.
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Pope urges more understanding for homosexuality and divorce

Pope Francis on Thursday urged "mercy" for homosexuals, divorced people and women who have abortions, saying the Catholic Church had to show understanding for the real conditions of people's lives.
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Security forces hunt militants after storming town near Cairo

By Asma Alsharif CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces were hunting for armed supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood on Friday after retaking control of a town near Cairo in a crackdown on Islamists. Security sources said 85 people had been arrested since troops and…
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7 Ways to Keep the Peace Between Your Children (7 photos)

Perhaps the greatest gift we can give our children is harmony within the home , but creating peace between siblings isn't always easy. Siblings fight, it's in their nature. They want the same things at the same times and at least one is always convinced that the other has more or better things…

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Pakistan to free senior Afghan Taliban commander: ministry

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan will release former Afghan Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Saturday, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said on Friday. Baradar was captured in Pakistan in 2010 and has since emerged as a figure who Afghanistan and Pakistan believe could help to…
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Why a Texas court overturned Tom DeLay money-laundering conviction

A Texas appellate court on Thursday overthrew the 2010 conviction of former Rep. Tom DeLay (R) of Texas, who was found guilty of money laundering during the 2002 election cycle.
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Iran-US 'constructive engagement'? 5 things to watch for

Never before in the 34-year history of Iran’s Islamic Republic have its officials sent more signals in less time about a desire to reengage with the US and the outside world.
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House and Senate face deep divide over food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farm-state lawmakers hoping for passage of a farm bill by the end of the year will have to bridge a deep divide between the House and the Senate over the role of the government in helping the nation's poor.
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Republicans depart House immigration group

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan House group that's been working in secret to write a comprehensive immigration bill splintered Friday with the departure of two Republicans, the latest sign of difficulty in solving the contentious issue.
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Merkel makes personal pitch in election home straight

As fresh polls showed a tightening of Germany's election race Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised voters they will be in safe hands if she stays leader of Europe's economic giant.
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Why government shutdown won't stop Obamacare

Here’s a little secret about the conservative GOP push to defund Obamacare: Even if Republicans who oppose the president’s signature health-reform law stand fast and shut down the government over the issue, Obamacare will keep on chugging along.
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Mexico victims recount horror; toll rises to 97

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — With a low, rumbling roar, an arc of dirt, rock and mud tumbled down the hillside in the remote mountain village of La Pintada, sweeping houses in its path, burying half the hamlet and leaving 68 people missing in its mad race to the river bed below.
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U.S. settles flap over Venezuelan president's overflight

(Note: Strong language in the last paragraph) By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States approved a last-minute flight plan for Venezuelan officials, the State Department said on Friday, after an irate President Nicolas Maduro said his jet was banned from flying over Puerto Rico on…
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African leaders to meet on Kenya's ICC trials

African leaders are to hold a special summit next month amid growing opposition to the crimes against humanity trials of Kenya's leadership at the International Criminal Court, diplomats said Friday.
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Art inspired by how the brain sees (20 photos)

New York artist Devorah Sperber creates manually pixelated art, beautiful abstractions that look familiar but only become clear when glimpsed through accompanying optical devices including viewing spheres and revers Alexander Language Schools, Franchise Alexander Language Schools info@als-alexander.org or interalex1@yahoo.com Products and Services  Surrender the Heart (Surrender to Destiny)Alexander Dictionary of English Idioms: English-FrenchUnder the SunStealing JakeAlexander Dictionary of English Idioms: English-Swedish

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