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Nov 16, 2013

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White mayor, black wife: NYC shatters an image
Another milestone is passing in America's racial journey: The next mayor of New York City is a white man with a black wife.
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Obama struggles to save his cherished health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law risks coming unglued because of his administration's bungles and his own inflated promises.
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Syrian army launches offensive near Lebanon border

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops clashed with rebels in a mountainous western region Saturday in what appeared to be an offensive to cut an opposition supply route from Lebanon, forcing hundreds to flee for safety across the border, activists and officials said.
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Birds of prey seize the day in battle with gulls

BREA, Calif. (AP) — As trucks disgorged garbage and bulldozers pushed the trash into neat rows, Daniel Hedin stood in the middle of the dump and scanned the gray sky for dirty birds. When a small flock of seagulls drifted in, he looked at the falcon perched on his wrist.
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US Military assistance in Philippines (21 photos)

The death toll from a powerful typhoon that swept the central Philippines nearly doubled overnight, reaching 4,000, as helicopters from a U.S. aircraft carrier and other naval ships began flying food, water and medical teams to ravaged regions. (Reuters)

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NASA's newest Mars flyer will explore atmosphere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA hopes its newest Mars spacecraft lives up to its know-it-all name.
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Captain without a ship: Marcos clan mayor at eye of Philippine storm

By Andrew R.C. Marshall and Stuart Grudgings TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) - Minutes before a tsunami-like storm surge slammed into the Philippine coastal city of Tacloban, a tall man in a motorcycle helmet strode along the shore through ferocious typhoon winds. Mayor Alfred Romualdez, 51, was…
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Boeing holds nearly 40 percent of Middle East market

US aerospace giant Boeing said Saturday it holds nearly 40 percent of the lucrative sales market in the Middle East and aims to increase its share. "Today we probably have close to 40 percent" of the Middle East market, compared with 60 percent for European competitor Airbus, said Marty Bentrott,…
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Iran averts big rise in sensitive nuclear stockpile, report shows

By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran appears to have moved quickly to prevent a large increase in its most disputed nuclear stockpile, a new U.N. watchdog report indicates, in what may be an attempt not to undermine talks on a nuclear deal with six world powers next week. Israel, which has…
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3D printing 'will change the world'

From replacement kidneys to guns, cars, prosthetics and works of art, 3D printing is predicted to transform our lives in the coming decades as dramatically as the Internet did before it. "I have no doubt it is going to change the world," researcher James Craddock told AFP at the two-day 3D…
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Aid pushes through to Philippine typhoon survivors

Giporlos (Philippines) (AFP) - The first food and medical aid began reaching isolated towns Saturday devastated by the typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, as humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing hundreds of small island communities. The unprecedented ferocity of…
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Column: Making sense of China's meager typhoon aid

Faced with a devastating typhoon a mere 700 miles away, Chinese President Xi Jinping this week pledged financial support for the Philippines, as did nearly every other industrialized nation. China offered $100,000. That's still less than a sixth of the total offered by Japan, China's main…
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Sheriff: Bodies found in desert are missing couple

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Human remains found in the Southern California desert are believed to be a missing San Diego-area couple and their two young sons, and their deaths appear to be homicides, authorities said Friday.
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Woman gets $3,500 fine and bad credit score for writing negative review of business

Jen Palmer was fined $3,500 and given a bad credit score after writing a negative review of a company on a public website.
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Four Reasons Why Gov. Scott Walker Is the Strong GOP Contender in 2016 You Haven't Heard About

Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz: These are the names most likely to come up when you talk about strong GOP contenders in 2016. Scott Walker — though very well known inside the beltway thanks in part to the contentious recall election he...
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Albanians back refusal to dismantle Syrian weapons

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's surprise rejection of a plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons on its soil is helping rekindle battered national pride.
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“NOT SEE” personalized license plate approved by DMV causes outrage [UPDATED]

San Diego, California station KGTV 10 News received a photo from an unidentified viewer that sparked a firestorm of reaction.
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Republicans attack Obama healthcare reform as massive 'consumer fraud'

The GOP says President Obama’s apology over canceled health insurance plans was “phony” and describe his healthcare reforms as massive “fraud”. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Aid flows to typhoon survivors as Philippines struggles to rebuild

By Aubrey Belford TANAUAN, Philippines (Reuters) - Long-delayed emergency supplies flowed into the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines on Saturday, reaching desperate families who had to fend for themselves for days, as the United Nations more than doubled its estimate of homeless to nearly two…
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Altered landscape for Sony, Microsoft consoles

NEW YORK (AP) — Remember a time before "Angry Birds," the iPad and the iPhone? No?
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Legend Tendulkar tearfully bows out from the game

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar wept as he left the pitch for the final time on Saturday after his 200th Test match, ending a dazzling career spanning nearly a quarter of a century. The master batsman, who has god-like popularity across India, waved to thousands of cheering, emotional fans…
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Water a pressing concern for typhoon survivors

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Since the typhoon hit, Danny Estember has been hiking three hours round-trip into the mountains each day to obtain what he can only hope is clean water for his five daughters and two sons.
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Remains Found in Shallow Desert Graves Belong to Joseph, Summer McStay

McStay Family Has Been Missing Since February 2010
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Princeton University can import vaccine to combat meningitis outbreak

By Noreen O'Donnell (Reuters) - A meningitis vaccine approved for use in Europe and Australia but not in the United States can be imported to try to stop an outbreak of the disease at Princeton University in New Jersey, federal health officials said. The Food and Drug Administration agreed this…
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Syrian army battles for major strategic highway

Amateur footage uploaded to the internet purportedly shows Syrian forces on the offensive against rebels positioned along a major strategic highway linking the capital with the coast. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Ryan in Iowa, O'Malley in NH with all eyes on 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Governors get things done.
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The Only Tipping Guide You'll Ever Need: Your Bigoted Judgment Isn't a Gratuity

Bill Maher may have been wrong, empirically, about Christians giving servers short shrift when it comes to tipping, but it does seem that more and more bigoted notes are being left on the gratuity lines of checks in recent months. Now, in New Jersey, a woman named Danya Morales, a former Marine…
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Jay Z says he'll continue Barneys collaboration

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z announced Friday he'll move forward with a planned collaboration with Barneys New York despite recent allegations of racial profiling at the luxury store, an ongoing investigation into the claims and public pressure that he back out of the deal.
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Popular Breakfast Foods Could Cause Cancer

Dr. Richard Besser details the information behind the latest FDA warning.
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Typhoon-stricken Philippine town starts rebuilding

GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) — People swept dirt from the pews and wiped clean the mud-covered, ornate tile floors of a church. The sound of hammers hitting nails and the buzzing of chain saws reverberated in the streets. Debris was piled on corners and set ablaze.
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Venezuela's regional energy program Petrocaribe wobbles

When Guatemala announced it would join Petrocaribe, the alliance where Venezuela sends petroleum to 17 countries at below-market prices, there was little worry about the program’s future. Oil was trading at more than $100 per barrel and Venezuela was sitting atop the world’s largest reserves. …
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Turkey PM meets Iraqi Kurdish leader to shore up peace talks

Diyarbakir (Turkey) (AFP) - Turkey's prime minister welcomed the leader of Iraq's autonomous north to his country's own Kurdish-dominated territory for the first time Saturday, in a visit designed to kickstart a stalled peace process. Tens of thousands of Kurds turned out to watch Prime Minister…
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The Nasal Ranger: Colorado's Futurama-esque tool for sniffing out stinky pot

Marijuana is legal in Denver. It's pungent odor, however, is not. More accurately, cloying scents of all sorts are prohibited by an old odor pollution ordinance in the Mile-High City. And now that Colorado has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, Denver's Department of Environmental…
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The Surprising Meal Grizzlies Gorge on Before Hibernation

That’s right: The largest and most ferocious predator in North America eats fluttery little army cutworm moths (Euxoa auxiliaris). But nobody paid much attention until the mid-1980s, when a radio-collared grizzly bear wandered up to the steep rocky slopes and researchers started to wonder just…
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Southwest Air Passengers Still Rattled by Pilot's 'We're Going Down'

Passengers onboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa to Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday thought their lives were over when they say the pilot announced an emergency and the plane suddenly dropped thousands of feet. “We were clenching hands and we were saying, ‘I love you,” passenger...
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Judge bans live TV in Arias penalty phase retrial

PHOENIX (AP) — Live television coverage of Jodi Arias' penalty phase retrial will be banned and the case will remain in Phoenix despite defense arguments that intense publicity will make it difficult to find impartial jurors, a judge ruled this week.
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Islamist coalition calls for dialogue to ease Egypt's crisis

By Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) - A coalition of Islamists said on Saturday it was ready to seek dialogue to end Egypt's bloody political crisis, on condition that the army-backed government halt a security crackdown. The public offer was the first of its kind by the group since the violent…
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Protest against Dutch blackface holiday tradition

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus arrived in the Netherlands on Saturday to the delight of thousands of children. But some adults protested vigorously against one element of the beloved tradition they find racist: his servant in blackface makeup, Black Pete.
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6 tons of seized ivory tusks destroyed (35 photos)

U.S. officials on Thursday destroyed more than 6 tons of confiscated ivory tusks, carvings and jewelry — the bulk of the U.S. "blood ivory" stockpile — and urged other nations to follow suit to fight a $10 billion global trade that slaughters tens of thousands of elephants each year. Thousands of…
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Egypt plans ambitious renovation for Cairo museum

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt unveiled Friday a multimillion dollar renovation project for Cairo's famed Egyptian Museum, including plans to demolish a scorched building that stands between it and the Nile, in a bid to draw tourists back and restore a sense of normalcy after more than two years of unrest.
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Sandy Hook: Nearly a year on, groups seek positive legacy from tragedy

The group Sandy Hook Promise, based in Newtown, Conn., announced Thursday a new grassroots campaign called Parent Together – designed to empower parents and local communities to address causes of gun violence such as mental-health issues and social connectedness for young people. “Unfortunately,…
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India, Pakistan Agree: Emotional Google Ad a Hit

Google ad an unlikely hit in both India, Pakistan by referring to traumatic 1947 partition
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Pregnant Bloggers' Extreme Diet May Not Be Healthy

Safety of All Fruit and Veggie Diet During Pregnancy Debated
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Boko Haram 'holding kidnapped French priest': group source

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram is holding a French priest who was kidnapped in northern Cameroon, a source in the banned Nigerian Islamist group said on Friday, rejecting claims of a rift among the insurgents. "I can confirm that the French priest is in the hands of mujahideen (fighters) from…
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How Big Corn Is Killing the Earth

When George W. Bush put out the challenge in his 2007 State of the Union address to vastly increase production of alternative forms of energy over the next decade—by more than five times—the United States corn industry was licking its lips. Experts said at the time that ethanol, a fuel derived…
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Gamers snap up first deliveries of PS4 game console

Rockville (United States) (AFP) - The wait nearly over, Casey Karch was ready to get his hands on one of the first PlayStation 4 game consoles set to be released Friday. Karch, a resident of the US capital Washington, was number 21 on the list of those having pre-ordered the first 100 of the new…
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Why Is Lung Cancer Rising Among Nonsmoking Women?

"I had a lot of the stereotypical thoughts about lung cancer. Falzano is among one in five women who has lung cancer but has never smoked. She and others with the disease struggle with the stigma tied to lung cancer - when Falzano tells people about her disease, their first question is whether…
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Fiat launches celebratory limited edition 500

Fiat has also chosen to revert to its old 1950s logo for the car's exterior wheel hub and tailgate badges. It started a revolution.
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JFK's last day - The assassination of an American President (36 photos)

The day began as a normal one might for the President of the United States. After speaking briefly outside the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy returned inside the hotel where they were staying, joined Vice President Lyndon Johnson and his wife,…
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Teacher pleads no contest to lewd acts on students

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A once-respected former teacher accused of committing lewd acts on children in what authorities said he called "tasting games" pleaded no contest Friday as victims' family members tearfully told him he had ruined their lives.
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Dolphins' Martin meeting with NFL investigator

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin has arrived at the office of the NFL lawyer investigating the team's bullying scandal.
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Bill Gates to Oil-Rich Norway: Don't Be Stingy, Help Fix Sub-Saharan Africa

Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates wants Norway to use its massive $800 billion oil fund to invest in the infrastructure of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, bringing rails, roads, and power to developing regions. "Norway is by many measures one of the richest countries in the world, and…
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N. Dakota on Pace to Outdo Oil Production Record

North Dakota on pace to outdo annual oil production record; barrels nearing 1 million daily
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AP Exclusive: US union vote won't affect VW plans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top Volkswagen officials are trying to quell fears among Tennessee politicians about efforts to work with a union to create a German-style works council at the automaker's lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga.
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Vettel sets pace in 2nd practice at US Grand Prix

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel served notice Friday he has every intention of going after a victory that eluded him last year and perhaps set a couple of records are still within reach during his remarkable season.
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Woman arrested after bomb found at Washington state hospital

A 43-year-old Washington state woman was arrested after a bomb was found in a vehicle parked in front of a hospital roughly 30 miles outside of Seattle, the Bremerton Police Department said on Thursday. Police said in a statement that officers were sent to the Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton…
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Fatal Michigan porch shooting of Renisha McBride (15 photos)

A county prosecutor was expected to announce on Friday whether charges will be filed against a suburban Detroit man who police said fatally shot a woman on his porch who had come to his house seeking help after a car crash. The killing of the unarmed Renisha McBride, 19, in the early morning on…
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Pope out with cold, cancels morning audiences

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canceled his morning audiences Friday because of a cold, the first time the industrious pope is known to have slowed his busy schedule due to illness.
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Pakistan imposes curfew in city after clashes

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani government imposed a rare curfew on Saturday in a northern city where sectarian clashes during a Shiite religious commemoration broke out the day before, while Taliban insurgents threatened to avenge the eight Sunni Muslims who authorities say were killed.
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy lands in Japan. Could the timing be more perfect?

Caroline Kennedy arrived in Tokyo Friday to take up her official duties as US ambassador, captivating the Japanese people and reassuring the Japanese government of Japan’s enduring importance to the United States. After a glittery sendoff from Washington steeped in Kennedy lore – Secretary of…
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MSNBC suspends Alec Baldwin's show for 2 episodes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alec Baldwin's new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter.
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Giant turtle, Spike, helps alcoholic recover

A giant turtle named Spike is helping a Louisville, Kentucky man recover from alcoholism.
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Serbia, Czech Republic tied 1-1 in Davis Cup

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Tomas Berdych of defending champion Czech Republic did what was expected of them Friday, winning their matches and leaving the Davis Cup final at 1-1 after the opening day.
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Yameen defeats ex-president Nasheed to win Maldives voteAFP
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#UPDATE: Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed defeated in runoff elections by opponent Abdulla Yameen yhoo.it/1eXySLs 4 hrs ago
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Climbers urged to resist lure of Australia's Uluru

Uluru (Australia) (AFP) - For many tourists, the experience of seeing Uluru for the first time in the middle of the Australian desert heartland brings a feeling that is difficult to suppress -- an urge to clamber up the daunting formation once known as Ayers Rock. But while a modest link-chain…
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Offer women IUDs, hormone shots after abortions: study

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who get an abortion may be interested in long-acting forms of birth control, but they might not come back for another visit to get them. A new study suggests offering women those types of contraception right away may lower the chance they'll…
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Photos: Kardashian Sisters' New Sears Holiday Fashion

The famous Kourtney, Khloe and Kim strike a pose to promote the Kardashian Kollection's holiday fashion at Sears. The Kardashians launched their first line with Sears in 2011, with "the bold fashion that embodies each sister?s unique style and personality," the company says.
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Identical twins share breast cancer, rare surgery

CHICAGO (AP) — Identical twins Kelly McCarthy and Kristen Maurer have shared a lot in their lives so when one was diagnosed with breast cancer, she urged the other to get tested, too.
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Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands (169 photos)

The knock of hammer on nail, the buzz of chain saws, the swish of brooms clearing up debris from wrecked homes and yards: The sound of people putting their lives back together rings out across this devastated town. A week after the typhoon struck the Philippines, there is immense need along this…
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How falling gas prices could accelerate economic growth

As you can see, energy prices rose strongly for several years prior to the financial crisis in 2008, fell precipitously during the crisis itself, and then started climbing again. Rising energy prices can have powerful and deep economic effects. If energy prices — which impact most goods and…
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Stolen custom neon green wheelchair returned to Ohio boy

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A custom neon green wheelchair stolen from a 9-year-old Cleveland boy was returned anonymously to a police station on Thursday but with serious damage. The wheelchair with wheels that lit up is owned by Stephen Gibson, who suffers from cerebral palsy and…
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Karzai: US-Afghan pact draft ready for Loya Jirga

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan and U.S. negotiators have finished a draft of a contentious security pact to be presented to a traditional council next week, President Hamid Karzai said Saturday, but added that there remain disagreements between the two countries over the final content of the…
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This Carter Isn't Quite Like the Others

When you see the words "Jimmy Carter's grandson" these days, it's probably best to check which one.
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South Korea's growing 'kimchi deficit'

It's kimchi-making season in South Korea, with households across the country preparing and laying down stocks of the ubiquitous spicy side-dish for the coming winter. But many foreign visitors, including the most intrepid foodies, will probably leave without ever tasting a Korean-made version of…
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Top shopping destinations in the US: CN Traveler

Though the top-ranked US shopping destination in a Condé Nast Traveler poll may come as no surprise, voters also gave props to a few smaller American cities which were described as retail havens for everyone from bookworms to art aficionados and fans of vintage finds.
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Analysis: In Texas courtroom, a battle resumes over race

By Joan Biskupic AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Last June the U.S. Supreme Court faced a question it has wrestled with repeatedly for more than a generation: When may universities consider a student's race in making admissions decisions? Instead they returned the case, Fisher v. University of Texas at…
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Best-of Flickr photos: Typhoon in the Philippines, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Veterans Day (9 photos)

Rescue efforts in the Philippines, backlash against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and Remembrance Day and Veterans Day highlight recent photography submissions to our Yahoo News: Your Photos group on Flickr . Each week, Yahoo News will feature some of the best photos that Flickr photographers post to our…
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'Anchorman' Parody of TV News Lands at Newseum

Ron Burgundy's parody of TV news lands at DC's Newseum with exhibit inspired by 'Anchorman'
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EXCLUSIVE: Europe moves to ban South African citrus imports

By Charlie Dunmore and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is preparing a ban on South African citrus imports that could take orange juice off Europe's breakfast tables next summer and sour efforts in Brussels to broaden trade with Africa's biggest economy. The move follows the…
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Russia's Gazprom reassures West Europe on supplies

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine is once again buying Russian gas and no longer endangering supplies to Western Europe, Russia's state natural gas company said Friday.
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Czechs in quandary over legal medical marijuana

TYN NAD VLTAVOU, Czech Republic (AP) — Just three years ago, the only thing that Zdenek Majzlik knew about cannabis was that it's good stuff for making rope. Today, the 67-year-old retired nuclear power plant employee is an experienced grower who cultivates pot for his daughter who has multiple…
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How to Be a Better Learner

Whatever you plan to learn, you can do so more effectively with these tips from Sharan Merriam, professor emeritus of adult and continuing education at the University of Georgia in Athens and author of "Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice," and Nate Kornell, an assistant professor at…
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European, US media face new tests with NSA spying

MADRID (AP) — The spying revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have made it a high-pressure, high-stakes time to be a top media executive.
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Let's Dish: Tuna Tacos

Sometimes, mixing different cuisines together can have surprising results, like tuna melt tacos.
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Pennsylvania paper retracts editorial panning Gettysburg Address

A Pennsylvania newspaper on Thursday retracted an 1863 editorial that dismissed President Abraham Lincoln's now revered Gettysburg Address delivered during the U.S. Civil War as "silly remarks" deserving a "veil of oblivion." The editorial published on November 24, 1863, missed the "momentous…
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Swedish ice hotel to install fire alarms

A famous hotel rebuilt every winter in northern Sweden using only ice said Thursday it would install fire alarms this year. The hotel, located in the small Arctic town of Jukkasjaervi, is following a request by the authorities to guarantee the safety of its guests. "We were a little surprised at…
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Casey Anthony's Parents Face Foreclosure On Home

The Florida home owned by Casey Anthony’s parents, where 2-year-old Caylee Anthony died in 2008, has gone into foreclosure. NationStar Mortgage LLC filed foreclosure documents against Cindy and George Anthony on Nov. 4. Mark Lippman, who represents Cindy and George Anthony, stated that he was...
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5 things from Clemson's 55-31 win over Ga Tech

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Tajh Boyd intends to savor every last moment of his final season at Clemson.
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SFC transit agency calls for renewed union talks

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco transit officials are calling for a return to the bargaining table, saying an expensive provision was "erroneously" included in a labor contract that settled a union dispute that had caused two recent strikes.
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Berlusconi invites former allies into alliance

ROME (AP) — Stung by a party schism, former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday invited defectors to join in an alliance with his center-right power base, a bid that could help boost the media mogul's leadership prospects.
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Researchers: Greenhouse Emissions Are Endangering our Polar Bears

Expert predicts two-thirds of polar bear population could disappear in 50 years.
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5 Tips for Helping an Elderly Parent or Relative Pay Bills

"For years, my parents were making a mess of their finances and none of their seven children knew," says Mary Meyer, 48, a freelance writer in St. Charles, Ill. "They are 80 years old, and at some point, they lost track of the amounts they were spending and weren't paying bills on time, if at all."…
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Search resumes in Fla. for man who fell from plane

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities resumed searching Friday for a man who a pilot said fell from his small plane into the Atlantic Ocean near Miami.
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Libya militiamen clash at checkpoint, PM calls for calm

Clashes between rival Libyan militias killed at least one and wounded a dozen others on Saturday a day after more than 40 people died in the worst street fighting in the capital Tripoli since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi two years ago. Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan called for calm, but his…
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Mafia targeting the pope? Vatican says no cause for alarm

The Vatican has downplayed a warning that Pope Francis could be targeted by the mafia because of his reforms to Holy See financial bodies. "There is no reason for concern, and there is no need to feed alarmism," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said. He added that the Vatican -- and, by…
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China one-child law change small but crucial: experts

Beijing's relaxation of its hugely controversial one-child policy is an attention-grabbing first step, but it will have to usher in greater changes if China is to tackle its looming demographic timebomb, experts say. According to a Communist Party announcement on Friday, couples in China will now…
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HISD investigates possible cheating at schools

HISD says they've found possible student testing irregularities at two elementary schools, and 20 teachers have been reassigned
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Mayor-elect De Blasio debates staying in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio draws much of his populist identity from his Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, a bastion of outer-borough liberalism where the tree-lined streets and charming brownstones are a far cry from Manhattan's steel-and-glass canyons.
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Dengue Fever Makes Inroads into the U.S.
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Ohio prosecutor: Abandonment cases will be pursued

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor said Friday he will pursue abandonment charges in cases similar to his latest in which authorities say a couple gave their 9-year-old adopted son to child welfare officials after raising him from infancy.
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Rubio seeks to reconnect with the right

MIAMI (AP) — Stung by conservative backlash earlier this year, Marco Rubio has spent months seemingly trying to convince skeptical fellow Republicans that he's more than just the Florida senator who championed comprehensive immigration reform.
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FDA says recalled Medtronic guidewires potentially fatal

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes there is a reasonable probability that use of lots of Medtronic Inc's medical guidewires that were recalled in October could be fatal, the medical device maker said on Friday. Medtronic spokesperson Joseph McGrath said the company started…
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Micro Apartments Offer Small Slice of City Living

The shift has led the way for tiny homes with less square footage and almost no wasted space, a phenomenon called micro apartments or micro units. Micro units are catching on in Europe and Asia due to high population density, but stricter zoning laws have slowed their spread across the United…
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Louisiana Leader: Slash Library Budget Because Mexicans Should 'Go Back'

Doing little to dispel the theory that people who hate libraries are more likely to be racist, inarticulate, and paranoid, council chairman Lindel Toups of Lafourche Parish, La., recently made the following statement about a local branch. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t…
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Reversing Amateur Plastic Surgery (19 photos)

Venezuelan plastic surgeon Daniel Slobodianik performs various procedures, including operations on patients who have previously had illegal or amateur injections of liquid silicone into their buttocks in order to enhance them. The reverse operation that Slobodianik carries out costs approximately…
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Ex-US president Jimmy Carter in Nepal to observe polls

Former US president Jimmy Carter said Saturday he was confident Nepal's long-awaited elections next week would proceed peacefully, even as an attack by anti-poll protestors the same day injured nine, including three children. Carter, 89, is in Kathmandu to lead a 50-person team from the…
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Niger arrests 30 in hunt for Sahara migrant traffickers

Niger has arrested around 30 people, including defense and security personnel, as part of a crackdown on human traffickers after the bodies of dozens of migrants were found in the Sahara desert last month, the government said. Government spokesman Marou Amadou gave no details of the identities of…
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New clashes in Libya's Tripoli as toll tops 40

Fresh clashes erupted in Tripoli Saturday as the death toll from a shootout at an anti-militia protest rose to 43 and the weak, post-revolutionary government appealed for restraint. More than 450 people were wounded when Friday's protest sparked clashes in the capital between militias that…
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Typhoon-hit town feels forgotten as aid passes by

MARABUT, Philippines (AP) — Helicopters crisscross the skies constantly above this typhoon-wrecked Filipino town. In the ruins below, hungry residents look up anxiously every time they pass.
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Syria air strike hits Islamist brigade leadership

A Syrian air strike has killed a senior commander of the Islamist Liwa Al-Tawhid rebel brigade in Aleppo and wounded its chief and another leader, a watchdog said Friday. Four more rebel chiefs were killed in other incidents, three in the northern Aleppo province and the fourth in Homs to its…
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Timelapse video of comet ISON

Dr. Roy Spencer is Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and he filmed this impressive timelapse of Comet ISON rising over northeast Alabama on November 11. Speaking about the film, Dr. Spencer says: "I was finally able to see the comet for the first time in my…
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Not so fast: Obama's health care law is changing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when you thought you had the president's health care law figured out, it's changing.
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Hamas orders reopening of Gaza news agency

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The Gaza Strip's Hamas prime minister on Saturday ordered the reopening of a Palestinian news agency closed in July for alleged "false" reporting of Hamas aid to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. "Prime Minister Ismail Haniya ordered reopening Maan (agency)…
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Stunned silence as Tendulkar misses century in final Test

Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for 74 in what could be his last-ever innings for India on Friday, shattering the hopes of a billion fans praying that the legendary batsman would bow out with a century. In his 200th and final Test match, the "Little Master" of cricket was caught in the slips on the…
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Iran FM hopeful on next round of nuclear talks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Friday he was hopeful ahead of negotiations next week with world powers but reiterated Tehran's demand for recognition of what it calls its "nuclear rights."
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Batkid captures hearts in San Francisco

On Friday many people got into the spirit of supporting Batkid and making one 5-year-old kid's Make-A-Wish dream come true.
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Militias attack Libyan protesters, killing 31

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan militiamen opened fire Friday on white-flag-waving protesters demanding their disbandment, killing at least 31 people and wounding more than 200 in a barrage of heavy machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire.
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Bones found in California desert said to be those of missing family

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two sets of skeletal remains found buried in the California desert earlier this week have been identified as the parents in a family that vanished nearly four years ago, and the remaining bones are likely their two young sons, police said on Friday. …
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Matt Kenseth wins pole at Homestead for finale

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team took a huge step away from their bad performance last week by winning the pole Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the championship-deciding race.
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In win for Big Oil, U.S. proposes biofuel mandate cut

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration proposed on Friday slashing federal requirements for U.S. biofuel use in 2014, bowing to pressure from the petroleum industry and attempting to prevent a potential fuel crunch next year. It was the first cut to renewable fuel…
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Florida Psychic Allegedly Swindled Victim Out of More Than $100K, Police Say

Psychic Took More Than $100K Then Lost Some at Casino, Police Say
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Iraq forces need 'massive' rights re-training: UN envoy

Iraq's security forces require "massive amounts of re-training" in human rights to better conduct operations and combat the country's deadliest violence since 2008, the UN's new envoy to Baghdad said. Nickolay Mladenov, UN chief Ban Ki-moon's special representative, also said he did not expect any…
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EU clears Spain in new row with Britain over Gibraltar

Brussels (AFP) - The EU executive on Friday said it had found no proof of British claims that Spain had violated European Union rules on border and customs checks at Gibraltar's border.
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Gambia breaks off diplomatic ties with Taiwan

Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) - Gambia said it had broken off diplomatic relations with Taiwan after 18 years, a move greeted with "shock and regret" by Taipei, which is now recognised by just 22 nations. President Yahya Jammeh's announcement late Thursday makes Gambia the first country to cut diplomatic…
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Tipsarevic fitness key to Djoko's Davis Cup dream

Novak Djokovic is eyeing another Davis Cup win in Belgrade as he leads Serbia against the Czech Republic in the final which gets underway on Friday but much may depend on whether Janko Tipsarevic is fit or not. After sweeping world number one Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the ATP Tour Finals in…
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Detectives: Girl, 12, attacked in Montgomery Co.

Investigators hope this sketch can help lead them to the man, who the family fears may have tried to attack the same girl before
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US carrier spearheads Philippine relief effort

Aboard USS George Washington (Philippines) (AFP) - US Navy helicopters and planes Friday launched non-stop aid flights to desperate survivors of a super typhoon in the Philippines that killed thousands, igniting a global relief effort criticised for being too slow. On the USS George Washington a…
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Seattle elects socialist candidate to city council

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle voters have elected a socialist to city council for the first time in modern history.
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Looking back at America’s forgotten first constitution

Today marks the 236th anniversary of America's "other" constitution. But how many of us know when it was created and how and why it was adopted?
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Easing of China policy may not result in baby boom

BEIJING (AP) — Don't expect a new Chinese baby boom, experts say, despite the first easing of the country's controversial one-child policy in three decades.
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UN says staff threatened, harassed in South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS (United States) (AFP) - UN leader Ban Ki-moon has condemned harassment and threats against UN workers by South Sudan's army and police amid heightened concern about the world's newest nation. Ban complained in a report to the UN Security Council of 67 cases of "harassment, threats,…
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US quietly offers bounties for Benghazi attackers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Friday that it has been quietly offering rewards since January of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any person involved in last year's attack on a US diplomatic compound in Libya. The announcement ends weeks of Obama…
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Zimbabwe's rusting factories put Mugabe in a bind

By Cris Chinaka CHEGUTU, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Across Zimbabwe, dozens of factories lie idle with peeling paint, rusting machines and broken roofs in once bustling industrial districts, symbols of the huge economic challenge facing President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party. On the surface,…
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Sudan ruling party expels leading reformers

Sudan's ruling party expelled three leading reformers on Saturday, in the party's most serious split in years, as President Omar al-Bashir hinted at an imminent and wide-ranging government shakeup. The National Congress Party's shura council agreed to oust ex-presidential adviser Ghazi Salahuddin…
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Cameron set to antagonise Commonwealth summit hosts again

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was set to further antagonise the hosts of a troubled Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka Saturday by highlighting the tragic plight of the country's war-torn north. Cameron upstaged the first day of the three-day meeting Friday by travelling to the Jaffna…
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Toronto council to make Ford mayor in name only

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto City Council moved a step closer to making Rob Ford a mayor in name only following months of publicity surrounding his excessive drinking and drug use, and will look to complete those efforts next week when council resumes.
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Will Chile bring back former President Bachelet?

“All the studies and observations show that the Chilean people have a deep malaise because they feel unheard,” says Marcela Ríos, a political scientist in the governance program of the United Nations Development Program in Santiago. Former President Bachelet left office in 2010 with a sky-high 84…
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Incognito files grievance against Dolphins over ban

Richie Incognito filed grievance against the Miami Dolphins for his suspension over claims he harassed a teammate, saying the open-ended ban violates the NFL labor contract. The Dolphins suspended Incognito on November 3 after allegations that he directed a racial slur toward teammate Jonathan…
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Occupy Seattle member beats 16-year incumbent to City Council job

By Bryan Cohen SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle residents have elected a political newcomer and member of the populist Occupy Seattle movement to their City Council, favoring a champion of a $15 minimum wage and tax on millionaires over a 16-year council veteran. Challenger Kshama Sawant, a community…
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Turkish army says Kurdish militants attack convoy

Turkey's military said Kurdish militants attacked a convoy of military vehicles with rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade in southeast Turkey on Friday. There were no casualties, but it appeared to be one of the most serious breaches yet of an 8-month-old ceasefire between the government and PKK…
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Vettel eases ahead of Webber at fog-hit Austin

A supremely-confident Sebastian Vettel topped the times with ease ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber in Friday’s second free practice session for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix. Hamilton, who admitted he has been suffering poor form since the European summer break, looked faster…
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Health exchanges slow to attract young, healthy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fears that insurance exchanges that are the linchpin of President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul wouldn't attract the young, healthy people needed to make them financially viable are being heightened by the early results of signups in several states.
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GOP infighting fierce even in Western strongholds

MONTPELIER, Idaho (AP) — Republicans have made the Mountain West a stronghold, which is why brewing party brawls in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah are bedeviling loyalists who yearn for GOP unity.
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Algeria's Bouteflika, a survivor despite ailing health

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, designated Saturday by the ruling National Liberation Front to stand for a fourth term in 2014, helped end Algeria's civil war and contain Arab Spring protests. However the secretive "pouvoir," as the security services are known, and the DRS intelligence agency in…
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Justice Dept to notify defendants on surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday it will notify criminal defendants when the government has used evidence against them that was gathered through warrantless surveillance programs.
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U.S. military faces Africa cuts, sees Somalia, Mali successes

By Peter Apps LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces in Africa may lose well over a tenth - or some $40 million - from their 2014 budget, the U.S. Africa Command said on Thursday, although it saw success against militants in Somalia and Mali. The bulk of such cuts will fall on headquarters and…
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Kerry, Clinton: Afghanistan nearing turning point

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said Friday that Afghanistan is reaching a turning point in maintaining the advances made by women in Afghan society and any future security agreement needs to respect the rights of women.
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Blast near Kabul talks venue

An apparent suicide attack strikes Kabul near the venue for talks between Afghan political and tribal leaders and the United States. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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'Quite possible' Iran, powers can reach nuclear deal next week: U.S. official

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Major powers and Iran are getting closer to an initial agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, adding it is "quite possible" a deal could be reached when negotiators meet November 20-22 in Geneva. The official…
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GOP Rival Romney: Obama Dishonest on Health Care

GOP rival Romney accuses Obama of dishonesty for saying people could keep private health plans
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Beijing's meagre typhoon aid is diplomatic misstep: experts

China's clumsy response to the typhoon in the neighbouring Philippines shows that the Asian giant is still struggling to find its role on the world stage, analysts say, burdened by history and its own self-image. Initially the Chinese government offered only $100,000, and while later donations have…
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Thousands seek refuge in Lebanon from Syria flare-up

Thousands of Syrian refugees have poured into Lebanon over the past two days as fighting between government forces and rebels has flared near the border, Lebanese officials said Saturday. The refugees were fleeing the Qalamoun mountains north of Damascus, a strategic border district with a mixed…
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Syrian army fights for road needed to remove chemical weapons

By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian forces went on the offensive on Saturday against rebels positioned along a major highway linking the capital with the coast, rebels said, a strategic road that is likely to be used to extract chemical weapons from the country. The road passes through the…
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Biden ready to discuss disposal of U.S. chemical arms on Panama trip

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden will be ready to discuss with Panamanian officials next week the disposal of American chemical weapons left on an island off Panama's coast during the 1940s when he visits the Central American nation, U.S. officials said on Friday.…
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Italy's Berlusconi struggles to keep party united

By James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi is struggling to control his divided party ahead of a meeting on Saturday that could confirm a deepening split in its ranks and threaten the stability of Prime Minister Enrico Letta's fragile coalition. After months…
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TSA officer bled for 33 minutes in LAX shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An airport security officer lay helplessly bleeding after a gunman opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport as paramedics waited 150 yards away because police had not declared the terminal safe to enter, according to two law enforcement officials.
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China to abolish 're-education through labour' system

China is to abolish its controversial "re-education through labour" system, under which police panels can sentence offenders to years in camps without a trial, the official Xinhua news agency said Friday. The move was "part of efforts to improve human rights and judicial practices" it said, and…
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EU issues stern warnings in debut of eurozone budget oversight

The EU issued stern warnings to France, Spain and Italy on Friday that they must hold unwaveringly to their budgets for 2014 or run afoul of the bloc's strict fiscal rules. The European Commission, wielding new watchdog powers designed to ward off a repeat debt crisis, cleared France's draft 2014…
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First ever African American sorority president elected at University of Alabama

Hannah Patterson made history at the University of Alabama with her election as president of the campus’ Sigma Delta Tau sorority.
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California fracking law offers groundwater protection: regulator

By Braden Reddall and Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California regulators said on Friday an enhanced monitoring regime for oil and gas production that is part of the state's new fracking regulations would shore up groundwater protection, a top concern in the growing state. The law,…
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Health care: Obama's fix for canceled plans throws insurers a curveball

Health insurers across America woke up Friday to confront a looming administrative nightmare. For more than a year or longer, they meticulously crunched the numbers for their 2014 health plans, conforming them to the new mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After this long and often…
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Hawaii judge refuses to block new same-sex marriage law

Opponents of Hawaii's new gay marriage law failed in their bid to block implementation of the measure on Thursday when a judge refused to grant a court order preventing marriage licenses from being issued to same-sex couples beginning next month. The new law, which cleared the…
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San Jose motorcycle cop hurt in crash with vehicle

A San Jose police officer is in serious condition after he was thrown from his motorcycle after colliding with a car. The
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Israel must not gamble with its security, warns minister

An Israeli minister insisted Thursday that now was not the time to gamble with the Jewish nation's security amid moves to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians, and renewed warnings against lifting sanctions on Iran. Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, in the US amid an Israeli campaign…
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Anti-Saudi protest in Ethiopia, arrests made

Scores of Ethiopians gathered outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Addis Ababa Friday to protest over a crackdown against illegal immigrants in the oil-rich state that officials say has left three Ethiopians dead. According to the Ethiopian government, three Ethiopians were killed last week in…
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Rich nations spurn call to use history to guide U.N. climate deal

By Alister Doyle and Michael Szabo OSLO (Reuters) - The European Union and the United States opposed on Friday a call by developing countries to measure each nation's historical responsibility for global warming to guide a U.N. deal in 2015 to cut future greenhouse gases. Rich nations fear that…
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Turkey proposes to mediate Iraq energy dispute

Turkey said Friday it has proposed to mediate a long-running dispute between Baghdad and its autonomous Kurdistan region over dividing oil revenue. "The system we will establish will certainly help resolve the dispute between the Kurdish regional government and the central government," Energy…
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Russia offering Egypt helicopters, air defence systems

Russia is offering to sell Egypt modern helicopters and air defence systems in a landmark deal reportedly worth $2 billion that would mark a revival of large-scale military cooperation, a Russian official said Friday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu…
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Deformed, Pointy Skull from Dark Ages Unearthed in France

The skeleton of an ancient aristocratic woman whose head was warped into a deformed, pointy shape has been unearthed in a necropolis in France. The necropolis, found in the Alsace region of France, contains 38 tombs that span more than 4,000 years, from the Stone Age to the Dark Ages. The Obernai…
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Indian navy gets Russian carrier as it seeks to bolster military

MOSCOW/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Russia handed over a $2.3 billion aircraft carrier to India on Saturday after years of delays, extending the South Asian country's maritime reach in the Indian Ocean as it looks to counter China's assertive presence in the region. The handover, at a shipyard near the…
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