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Ex-priest convicted of raping boy released from prison

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Protesters are vowing to demonstrate outside the Massachusetts prison where a notorious figure in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal is being released after completing a 12-year sentence for raping a boy in the 1980s. More>>

White House aide's tirade tests editors and producers

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Newsroom leaders were tested when The New Yorker magazine printed details about obscenity-laced remarks made by White House communications director in a conversation with Ryan Lizza. More>>

'Obamacare' repeal reeling after Senate defeat Video included

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The Senate has rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law. More>>

Police: One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested

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A man accused of drunkenly strolling down a road in Maine with a clown mask on and a machete taped to his amputated arm has been arrested. More>>

Summer treat: Polar bears frolic in donated load of snow

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Polar bear mum Venus frolics in the snow with her eight-month-old cub in Ranua Wildlife Park in the summer heat of the northern wilds of Finland's Lapland. More>>

Pentagon, border wall covered in $788B House spending bill

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The GOP-controlled House is plowing ahead on legislation to give the Pentagon a massive spending boost and deliver a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

AP EXCLUSIVE: Sessions not leaving unless pushed

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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are working on legislation that could attempt to insulate Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being fired. More>>

Amid nationwide drought, Rome seeks ways to avoid rationing

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Italy's environment minister says Rome and its water company are working to avoid rationing during drought. More>>

In US first, scientists edit genes of human embryos

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For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases. More>>

AP Interview: Yemen factions said to have pledged easing aid

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AP Interview: The head of the U.N. child agency says trying to slow the spread of cholera in war-ravaged Yemen is "a race between us, and the rains and the continuing destruction and the fighting.". More>>

UK judge OKs plan for ill baby Charlie to go to a hospice

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A British judge has ordered that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will "inevitably" die within a short time. More>>

Scaramucci threats, insults inflame fierce White House fight

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Newly-appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has promised to contact investigators over what he says is an illegal leak of his financial disclosure form. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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Among 10 Things to Know: 'Obamacare' repeal reeling after Senate defeat; White House tensions catch fire with Scaramucci interviews; Pakistani court disqualifies Prime Minister Sharif on allegation of corruption. More>>

AP Explains: What is Venezuela's constituent assembly?

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AP Explains: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has provoked international criticism and enraged his political opponents by pushing for a special assembly to rewrite the troubled South American nation's constitution. More>>

Russia sanctions bill gets heavy support, heads to Trump

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The Senate's decisive vote to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea sends the popular bill to President Donald Trump, who will be under pressure to sign it after weeks of intense negotiations. More>>

Pakistani court disqualifies PM on corruption allegations

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Pakistan's Supreme Court is set to announce its decision about political fate of beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after weighing whether adequate evidence existed to dismiss him from office on allegations of corruption against his family. More>>

Scaramucci tirades ignite smoldering White House tensions

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The public is getting an R-rated glimpse of behind-the-scenes intrigue in the Trump White House. More>>

Treasury chief: UK may need 3-year transition after Brexit

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Britain's Treasury chief says the country will abide by some European Union rules for up to three years after it officially leaves the bloc in March 2019. More>>

Israeli police on high alert for prayers at Jerusalem site

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Israeli police say men under age 50 will be barred from a major Jerusalem shrine at the center of recent tensions. More>>

Russia orders cut in US diplomats in reaction to sanctions

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Russia's Foreign Ministry has ordered to reduce the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and close down a U.S. recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russia. More>>

Man killed in fair thrill ride wreck joined Marines week ago

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A high school student who was killed when a thrill ride broke apart at the Ohio State Fair had just signed up with the Marines a week ago. More>>

Mainstream Model 3 holds promise _ and peril _ for Tesla

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Much hinging on Tesla's lower-cost Model 3 as customer deliveries begin. More>>

Scaramucci reports more than $50m in assets

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New White House communication director Anthony Scaramucci owns property and businesses worth more than $50 million. More>>

Not much progress reported on effort to overhaul tax code

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Effort to overhaul tax code shows little progress at midyear. More>>

Lawyer says client unaware she had poison that killed Korean

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Malaysian judge sets Oct. 2 trial date for two women accused of murdering North Korean leader's half brother. More>>

IS claims deadly attack in north against US-backed force

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A Syrian monitoring group and a news agency linked to the Islamic State group say the extremists have carried out a deadly attack against U.S.-backed forces near the northern city of Raqqa. More>>

The Latest: Sharif formally steps down as Pakistan's PM

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Pakistan's Supreme Court has disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from serving because of allegations of corruption. More>>

The Latest: Health care amendment defeated in Senate vote

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The country's biggest organization of health plans is opposing the Senate Republicans' latest approach to scrapping the Obama health care law. More>>

Russia sanctions bill exposes Trump's legislative tug of war

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President Donald Trump is likely to sign a tough new sanctions bill that includes proposed measures targeting Russia. More>>

Judge recommends contested giant Hawaii telescope for permit

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A hearings officer is recommending that a construction permit be granted for a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain summit that some consider sacred. More>>

GOP dealt stiff blow in Senate's bid to repeal 'Obamacare' Video included

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Senate Republicans are abandoning hope of truly replacing 'Obamacare' and might settle for a much more modest 'skinny repeal' ". More>>

Duterte says only empty tribal schools would be bombed

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says his threat to launch airstrikes against tribal schools because they teach subversion would apply only when the buildings are empty. More>>

FBI: Utah man says he killed wife because she laughed at him

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Federal authorities planned to announce charges in what was described as a domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship in U.S. waters off Alaska that led to the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman. More>>

Troubled trucking firm faces scrutiny after Texas deaths

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A trucking company linked to a recent deadly human smuggling case in Texas had long promoted itself as a family firm whose hard-working drivers helped keep the U.S. economy running. More>>

Blowing smoke? E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

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A new study suggests people who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn't. More>>

Prosecutor: Martin Shkreli repeatedly lied to investors

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A jury is set to hear closing arguments at the securities fraud trial of former biotech CEO and social media provocateur Martin Shkreli. More>>

Thrill ride was OK'd hours before deadly state fair accident

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The Ohio State Fair will be open Thursday, a day after one person was killed and seven others were injured when an "aggressive thrill" ride broke apart. More>>

Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint Video included

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Scientists are building yeast DNA from scratch, a stepping stone toward making new organisms. More>>

The Latest: Scaramucci steps back from 'colorful language'

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The president's new communications director is doubling down on his complaints of leaks within the White House. More>>

On anniversary of war, young North Koreans talk of tensions

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As North Korea marks the 64th anniversary of Korean War armistice, university students in Pyongyang sound off on a question that's on a lot of minds these days: Are the U.S. and North Korea moving closer to another war?. More>>

Clashes, tensions flare at sacred site in Jerusalem

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Israel removes an overhead metal bridge and railings it had installed near a contested Jerusalem holy site, meeting a demand by Muslim protesters. More>>

Deaths in Venezuela unrest hit 103 as polarizing vote nears

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Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes, with the death toll in nearly four months of unrest rising above 100 Thursday. More>>

Fox News spends bucks to poke fun at The New York Times

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Fox News Channel spent more than $100,000 on a full-page ad in The New York Times quoting the newspaper's recent review calling 'Fox & Friends' the most powerful TV show in America. More>>

Putin in Finland on centenary of independence from Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has tried to calm regional fears over joint Russian-Chinese naval maneuvers in the Baltic Sea, where tensions have grown with increased shows of military force by Moscow and NATO. More>>

US-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city

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A spokeswoman for a U.S.-backed Syrian force and an opposition monitoring group say opponents of the Islamic State group have captured nearly half of Raqqa. More>>

Brazil church rejects abuse claims detailed in AP stories

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A church in Brazil is calling "lies and distorted" facts the claims of former members who detailed physical and psychological abuse in a series of stories published this week by The Associated Press. More>>

10 Things to Know for Friday

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Among 10 Things to Know: Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci exposes White House rifts; how 'Obamacare' repeal effort is shifting; death toll from violence in Venezuela rises above 100. More>>

Transgender troops: A presidential tweet is not an order Video included

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Trump ban on transgender troops serving in U.S. military caught Pentagon flat-footed. More>>

Rust Belt Wisconsin looks to fill high-skill jobs at Foxconn

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Wisconsin landed the much coveted Foxconn plant, but now the rust belt state needs to produce more highly skilled workers than those employed in the factories of the past. More>>

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon producing Showtime drama pilot

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Showtime says Oscar-winning filmmakers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are re-teaming off-screen for a new one-hour drama pilot. The new series, "City on a Hill," is based on an idea by Affleck and Damon, and focuses on Boston in the early 1990s. More>>

Amazon and Foxconn reflect a growing trend: Deliver it now

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Job announcements by Amazon and Foxconn reflect a growing trend: Reach customers now. More>>

Deaths in Venezuela unrest hit 102 as polarizing vote nears

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An AP tally of official reports shows that the death toll in nearly 4 months of civil unrest in Venezuela has reached 100. More>>

The Latest: More clashes after nightfall at Jerusalem site

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Muslim leaders tell worshippers to continue praying outside a contested Jerusalem holy site until. More>>

Department of Justice, agency clash over Civil Rights Act

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A New York City court is getting conflicting advice from the U.S. government over whether a civil rights law covers sexual orientation. More>>

The Latest: House passes $788B bill for military, wall

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The Republican-led House has voted to make a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

The Latest: AG tells AP he'll remain as long as Trump wants

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions tells The Associated Press he'll continue to serve as long as President Donald Trump wants him to. More>>

June Foray, voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, dead at 99

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June Foray, who provided voices for Rocky the Flying Squirrel and characters in hundreds of classic cartoons, has died at age 99. Foray died Wednesday at West Hills Hospital in West Hills, California, a Los Angeles suburb. More>>

Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

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Iranian semi-official media say Iran has successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite into space. More>>

Boy Scout leader apologizes for Trump's political rhetoric

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Boy Scouts' chief executive apologizes to members of the scouting community who were offended by the political rhetoric in President Trump's recent speech to the Scouts' national jamboree. More>>

Polish prosecutors summon EU leader Tusk for questioning

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A lawyer for European Union president, Donald Tusk, says he will most probably be in Poland next week for questioning by prosecutors as witness on issues related to the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski. More>>

Evacuations lifted in southern France; fire risk still high

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French authorities are close to containing one of the fiercest blazes to break out during four days of wildfires in the country's southeast that have led to the evacuation of more than 12,000 people. More>>

Marine dog with cancer gets tear-filled farewell

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Hundreds of people in Michigan came together to salute and say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. More>>

US attorney general presses on with mission to El Salvador

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Scorned by Trump, Sessions opens a mission to El Salvador aimed at uprooting MS-13 gang. More>>

Italian, French leaders look to work in Libya on migration

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Premier Paolo Gentiloni says sending Italian naval units to help Libya's coast guard could be a "turning point" in combating migrant trafficking. More>>

Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress Video included

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President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress. More>>

$4.5B Oklahoma wind farm to supply power in 4 states

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Two utilities that supply power customers in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana say they plan to buy what is being billed as the largest wind farm in the U.S. More>>

Records: Child's body decomposing on arrival at hospital

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Court records show the body of a 6-month-old western Michigan boy had started to decompose by the time his mother took him to a hospital after finding him unresponsive in her sweltering home. More>>

UK police: Corporate manslaughter possible in tower fire

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British police say they have "reasonable grounds" to suspect local officials may have committed corporate manslaughter over a deadly high-rise fire in London. More>>

Mail Rail lets tourists visit London's secret postal railway

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London's newest tourist attraction is perfect for underground explorers. More>>

Judge approves plan for Charlie Gard to be sent to hospice

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A British judge has ordered that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will "inevitably" die within a short time. More>>

US salmonella outbreak linked to papayas from Mexico; 1 dead

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U.S. health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to papayas from Mexico that has killed a person in New York City and sickened another 46 people in 12 states. More>>

Now hiring at Amazon: Thousands of people in 1 day

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Amazon is looking for 50,000 people, with unemployment at a 16-year low and wages barely moving'. More>>

Boy dies from injuries in crash that killed mom, brothers

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A 6-year-old boy has become the latest member of a northern Illinois family to die as a result of a traffic crash that killed his pregnant mother and two brothers. More>>

Police: Bieber accidentally hits photog with pickup truck

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Police say Justin Bieber has accidentally struck a photographer with his pickup truck in Beverly Hills. More>>

Demand overseas keeps Mustang on top despite lower US sales

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US sales fall even for best-selling Ford Mustang, but long-admired sports car remains a global hit. More>>

AP sources: US seeks to test Iran deal with more inspections

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Senior U.S. officials say the Trump administration is pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to "test" the strength of the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump wants to cancel. More>>

George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro on Venice Film Fest slate

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This year's Venice Film Festival will include a crime comedy by George Clooney, a Guillermo del Toro fantasy and a Darren Aronofsky thriller. More>>

Isolated Qatar hires firm founded by Trump aides amid crisis

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Qatar has hired a Washington influence firm founded by President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and another specialized in digging up dirt on U.S. politicians. More>>

'Fired by tweet:' Troops, veterans react to transgender ban Video included

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'Fired by tweet:' Transgender active-duty troops shocked by Trump's ban. More>>

Jury: Michael Jackson estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million

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A jury has found that Michael Jackson's estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from "Billie Jean," "Thriller" and more of the superstar's biggest hits. More>>

Stunner in Budapest: Ledecky loses for 1st time at worlds

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Katie Ledecky's bid to win six gold medals at the world championships ended Wednesday when she was beaten in the 200-meter freestyle by Italy's Federica Pellegrini. More>>

Gaza power-sharing deal moves ahead with parliament meeting

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Lawmakers from Hamas and those affiliated with a former Gaza strongman have met for the first time in a decade in Gaza's parliament building. More>>

Colson Whitehead, Arundhati Roy among Man Booker contenders

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Paul Auster, Colson Whitehead and past winner Arundhati Roy are among contenders for the Man Booker Prize for fiction. More>>

Larry David says his blunt 'Curb' character is no Trump

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Larry David says the man he plays on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and President Donald Trump have nothing in common. More>>

Trump emboldens friendly foreign leaders, leaves foes wary

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Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump has made clear who he considers to be his friends, and his foes, on the international stage. More>>

Suspects to plead not guilty in Kim Jong Nam's assassination

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Two women accused of poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea's ruler in a bizarre airport assassination are expected to plead innocent when they appear in a Malaysian court on Friday. More>>

Hop on! Wild rabbits surf on sheep to flee New Zealand flood

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Three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard a flock of sheep and surfing to safety on their woolly backs. More>>

New York eyes textalyzer to bust drivers using cellphones

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APNewsBreak: New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the "textalyzer" that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a crash was texting while driving. More>>

Venezuela leader's foes levy new sanctions and fresh strike

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Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is urging compatriots to back a 48-hour general strike to protest government plans to rewrite the constitution. More>>

GOP senators blink on a big chance to repeal 'Obamacare' Video included

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The Senate is plunging into full-fledged debate on the Republican effort to demolish the Obama health care law. More>>

Trump's order: Bar all transgender troops from US military Video included

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President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the armed forces. More>>

AP Exclusive: Boy Scouts chief expected a fiery Trump speech

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AP Exclusive: The Boy Scouts of America says it anticipated President Donald Trump would spark controversy with a politically tinged speech at its national jamboree in West Virginia but felt obliged to invite him out of respect for his office. More>>

Scalise discharged from hospital, beginning rehabilitation

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise _ who was critically wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice last month _ has been discharged from a Washington hospital. More>>

Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says President Donald Trump plans to make a "major jobs announcement for Wisconsin" amid speculation that electronics giant Foxconn will build a plant in the state. More>>

Fed leaves rates alone but moves closer to selling off bonds

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Fed keeps key interest rate unchanged, noting strong job growth but undesirably low inflation. More>>

Mexican government reuniting smuggling victims with families

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A Texas congressman says a truck that carried dozens of immigrants passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint about two hours before it was discovered outside a San Antonio Walmart. More>>

Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart; 1 dead, 7 hurt

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At least one person has been killed and several others injured in a ride malfunction on opening day of the Ohio State Fair. More>>

Law drawing focus in Russia probe rarely ends in prosecution

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President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman will not be testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as originally scheduled, after the committee rescinded its subpoena. More>>

Wildfires threaten French Riviera, inadequate aircraft cited

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The top official of France's Var region on the Mediterranean coast says that 10,000 people were evacuated as blazes hopscotching around the Riviera tore through the town of La Londe-les-Maures. More>>

Israel removes railings, overhead bridge near holy site

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Muslim worshippers have once again held their morning prayers outside Jerusalem's most contested holy site despite Israel's removal of the metal detectors that sparked the protest. More>>

Protesters gather against Trump ban on transgender troops Video included

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Demonstrators have flocked to a military recruiting station in New York City to protest President Donald Trump's abrupt ban on transgender troops in the military. More>>

Pressure mounts to curtail surgery on intersex children

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For decades, U.S. doctors have been performing surgery on intersex children before they are old enough to have a say in that decision, but that practice is now under assault. More>>

'Pharma Bro' won't stop talking, except to jury in trial

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'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli says on social media that he's being railroaded at his securities fraud trial, but he won't be defending himself in court. More>>

Judge: Baby Charlie Gard will end life in hospice, not home

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A British judge is set to rule on where Charlie Gard, a baby with a rare genetic disease, will spend the last days of his life. More>>

Jerusalem Palestinians find voice through prayer protests

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Thousands of Palestinian Muslims have been praying in the streets of Jerusalem every evening, creating a new, surprisingly effective form of protest in their long conflict with Israel. More>>

LGBT outrage over Trump ban on transgender military service Video included

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LGBT-rights activists outraged by Trump's move to ban transgender people from military service. More>>

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Among 10 Things to Know: Vote shows GOP's problems in replacing Obama health law; Senate Judiciary Committee withdraws subpoena for Manafort; Vatican Cardinal Pell faces Australian court on sex charges. More>>

US, Brazil investigate sect accused of abuse, trafficking

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Authorities in the US and Brazil are investigating allegations of abuse, forced labor and visa fraud after a series of Associated Press stories about the North Carolina-based evangelical Word of Faith Fellowship church. More>>

House, Senate Republicans reach deal to move sanctions bill

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A package of new financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea has a hit a snag in the Senate where the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee is objecting to the House's decision to include the penalties targeting Pyongyang. More>>

House GOP works to deliver on border wall for Trump

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House GOP allies of President Donald Trump are moving to give him a much-sought victory on Capitol Hill by finally passing a down payment on his long-promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. More>>

The Latest: Not registering as foreign agent seldom punished

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Senate Judiciary lawmakers are criticizing the FBI and the Justice Department for lax enforcement of a law that requires registrations of foreign agents in the United States. More>>

Child killer put to death in first Ohio execution in 3 years

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Ohio is preparing to put a condemned child killer to death in the state's first execution in more than three years. More>>

Tillerson on resignation rumors: I'm not going anywhere

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is knocking down a flurry of speculation that he is unhappy in his job and may soon quit. More>>

Iowa group sues United over death of giant rabbit, Simon

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A group of Iowa businessmen has filed a lawsuit against United Airlines over the death of a giant rabbit after a flight from London to Chicago. More>>

NCAA rule ending two-a-days forcing teams to adjust

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NCAA rule change barring two-a-days causes teams to alter practice schedules while they hope decision reduces preseason injuries. More>>

Brain disease seen in most football players in large report Video included

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Research on the brains of 202 former football players shows brain disease in most. More>>

Wasserman Schultz fires IT staffer following fraud arrest

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has fired an information technology staffer following his arrest on a bank fraud charge at a Virginia airport where he was attempting to fly to Pakistan. More>>

Black seniors test reminiscing to guard against Alzheimer's

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A small but unique study is testing whether jogging memories where they were made can help older African-Americans stay mentally sharp and slow early memory loss. More>>

The Latest: Poor visibility hurts wildfire fight in Portugal

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Almost 1,700 firefighters supported by 17 water-dropping aircraft are tackling wildfires in Portugal, where every summer large areas of woodland are scorched. More>>

Items from Auschwitz death camp to tour Europe, America

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Officials at the museum of the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz say some exhibits are going on a tour of Europe and North America to bring its tragic truth about the Holocaust to a wider audience. More>>

Century-old warship returns to Athens after repairs

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After three months of extensive maintenance and conservation work, a 107-year-old battleship returned Wednesday to its berth in Athens, where it serves as a floating museum. More>>

The Latest: Judge sets deadline for moving baby to hospice

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Charlie Gard's parents are conceding that he will die in a hospice and not at home as they had previously wished. More>>

Nielsen tries to quantify the Hulu, YouTube effect

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Nielsen says it will start counting how many people are watching live TV services from online streaming companies Hulu and YouTube. More>>

Rights groups ask Duterte to retract threat to bomb schools

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Human rights groups have asked the Philippine president to withdraw his threat to order airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels. More>>

McCain delivers a key health care vote, scolding message

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Sen. John McCain has delivered a crucial vote in the Republican drive to dismantle the health care law and a scolding message. More>>

Spanish PM Rajoy denies knowing about graft deals in party

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Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is standing Wednesday as a witness in a major trial to some 40 people allegedly involved in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that helped finance his ruling Popular Party. More>>

Rick Perry duped by Russian duo impersonating Ukraine leader

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been fooled by a pair of Russian pranksters impersonating the prime minister of Ukraine. More>>

Dad: Ex-Marine killed in Syria 'had a mission' in IS battle

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The father of a former Marine killed in Syria says his son "had a mission" to advance democracy, which is why he joined the battle against the Islamic State group. More>>

US Muslims see friendly neighbors, but a foe in White House

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A new survey finds US Muslims experiencing a mix of anxiety and optimism about their place in America in the first months of President Donald Trump's administration. More>>

The Latest: Police block journalists from parts of Old City

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Senior Muslim official in Jerusalem says worshippers won't return to a contested shrine until Israel removes new railings and cameras it installed after a deadly attack there. More>>

The Latest: Senate blocks proposal to repeal 'Obamacare' Video included

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President Donald Trump says "we will soon see whether or not Republicans are willing to step up to the plate!" on health care. More>>

Vatican Cardinal Pell faces Australian court on sex charges Video included

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Cardinal George Pell appears in an Australian court on charges of sexual abuse and vows through his lawyer he will fight the allegations that have threatened the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy. More>>

Kremlin holds off on responding to new US sanctions

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A senior Russian diplomat says a new package of U.S. sanctions against Russia harms chances for improving the ties between the two countries, pushing them into "unchartered territory.". More>>

Bodies buried after being missing in Swiss Alps for 75 years

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A Swiss couple whose bodies were found on an Alpine glacier after they went missing for nearly 75 years has been buried in Switzerland. More>>

US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf Video included

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A U.S. Navy boat fired warning shots near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them in the Persian Gulf; Iran's Revolutionary Guard blamed the American ship. More>>

Trump weighs replacing Fed Chair Yellen with ex-Goldman exec

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Trump says he is considering Yellen, Cohn and others to lead the Federal Reserve. More>>

Charlie Gard's parents ask court to let him die at home

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Lawyers on both sides of the case involving critically ill infant Charlie Gard will be returning to Britain's High Court. More>>

Trump, Lebanese leader pledge solidarity against terrorism Video included

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President Donald Trump and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri pledge solidarity in fighting terrorism. More>>

The Latest: Trump talks 'new immigration system' in Ohio

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President Donald Trump takes a victory lap in Ohio with the very voters who put him in office. More>>

The Latest: Senate panel drops Manafort subpoena

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President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner will return to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a second day of private meetings with congressional investigators. More>>

Trump ex-campaign chair talks with Senate investigators

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President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner will return to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a second day of private meetings with congressional investigators. More>>

Justice Dept. rules intensify crackdown on sanctuary cities

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The Justice Department says it won't give cities law enforcement grant money unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails, alert them on pending immigrant release. More>>

Trump: Nation closer to liberation from 'Obamacare' Video included

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President Donald Trump is headed to Ohio for a victory lap with the very voters who put him in office. More>>

Trump cranks up heat on Sessions, says "time will tell" fate Video included

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AP sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions, refers to attorney general as 'beleaguered'. More>>

Senate opens 'Obamacare' debate at last but outcome in doubt Video included

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Republican leaders are steering the Senate toward a crucial vote on their health care bill. More>>

US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf Video included

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An American defense official says a U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots near an Iranian naval ship during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf. More>>

Cheers for McCain, then a speech like impassioned prophet

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At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that's defined the GOP for the past seven years. More>>

The Latest: McCain calls on both parties to work together

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Sen. John McCain, battling brain cancer, has voted to move ahead on repealing the Obama health law. More>>

Thousands join Muslim prayer protests over Jerusalem shrine Video included

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Israel begins dismantling metal detectors from gates of contested Jerusalem shrine that had enraged Muslim world. More>>

Top Vatican official faces Australian court on sex charges Video included

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The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis is expected to make his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday, as he vows to clear his name in a scandal that has rattled Rome. More>>

Artist uses Iraq refugees, war veterans in radio project

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An Iraqi-American artist is launching a 10-part radio broadcast that features voices of Philadelphia-area Iraqi refugees, Iraq war veterans and the "Walter Cronkite of Iraq" recalling their memories of the culturally rich nation. More>>

Authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise

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Authorities are warning about a rise in virtual kidnappings _ where con artists falsely claim to be holding victims' relatives for ransom. More>>

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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Among 10 Things to Know: GOP sets Senate health care vote buoyed by McCain's return; Kushner returns to Capitol Hill for 2nd day of interviews; Israel dismantles metal detectors from key Jerusalem shrine. More>>

Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor

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An underwater robot has captured images of massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel and covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. More>>

Report: NKorea's missile program farther along than believed

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A senior House Republican is calling North Korea's first test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile an "alarming development.". More>>

The Latest: Trump cranks up heat on Sessions Video included

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President Donald Trump is keeping up pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, taking to Twitter to accuse him of taking a "VERY WEAK" position on "Hillary Clinton crimes.". More>>

Trump message chief willing to 'fire everybody' for leaking

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President Donald Trump's new communications director says he's ready to clean house in order to prevent information leaks that have plagued the administration. More>>

Smugglers offer crammed big rigs as 'VIP treatment' to US

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The gruesome discovery of a tractor-trailer full of dozens of dead and suffocating people outside a San Antonio Walmart reflects a durable business model for smugglers. More>>

UK to tighten rules on drones after near-misses with planes

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British officials have announced plans to regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation. More>>

Trump shows the Boy Scouts how to start a political fire

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President Donald Trump's rage against perceived political enemies Monday while speaking to Boy Scouts has infuriated parents and former Scouts. More>>

What could happen if Jeff Sessions is pushed out of office? Video included

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President Donald Trump's withering invective about Jeff Sessions over the last week an effort to pressure the attorney general into resigning with an eye to ending the Justice Department investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. More>>

Priest at center of clergy sex abuse scandal to be released

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Prosecutors say one of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal has completed his prison sentence on child rape charges and will be released this week. More>>

Mic captures GOP senator ripping Trump, mocking lawmaker

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GOP Sen. Susan Collins is making fun of Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold, who made waves yesterday by saying women senators such as Maine Republican Susan Collins were "repugnant" for opposing the GOP's efforts to repeal and replace "Obamacare.". More>>

IRS sees big drop in identity theft, stolen tax refunds

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The IRS says it is seeing a big drop in the number of tax refunds being stolen by identity thieves after the agency teamed up with tax preparers to fight the problem. More>>

Israel bars entry to 5 US activists under anti-BDS law

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Five US Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders were barred from boarding a flight to Israel under a new law that prohibits entry to the Jewish state by foreign activists who advocate a boycott of the country. More>>

Girl's HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

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A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for 8 1/2 years after stopping anti-HIV medicines. More>>

Reporter Q&A: A look at Duterte's state of the nation speech

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The Associated Press' chief Manila correspondent, Jim Gomez, who has covered regional politics for more than two decades, discusses Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's second state of the nation speech. More>>

Guards: 2 unreported uprisings at troubled Kansas prison

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Guards say there were two previously unreported mass disturbances at the El Dorado Correctional Facility before last month's prison uprising. More>>

Iowa firm tied to truck deaths has history of legal problems

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The small Iowa trucking company linked to the deadly case of immigrant smuggling in Texas has a history of safety and tax violations and financial problems. More>>

Meyer has Ohio State running like Fortune 500 juggernaut

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Urban Meyer looks like the CEO of a Fortune 500 juggernaut for good reason. More>>

AP source: Free agent Derrick Rose agrees to deal with Cavs

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Two people familiar with the meeting say free agent Derrick Rose is meeting Monday with the Cleveland Cavaliers to discuss a contract. More>>

No Fox apology in fight with New York Times about raid story

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Fox clarifies, but doesn't apologize for a weekend story suggesting reporting in The New York Times foiled an attempt to capture the Islamic State's leader two years ago. More>>

Charlie Gard parents drop legal fight, agree to let him die

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The parents of a critically ill infant are returning to court for the latest stage in their effort to seek permission to take the child to the United States for medical treatment. More>>

U2's Bono meets French President Macron to discuss poverty

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French President Emmanuel Macron has received pop singer and philanthropist Bono at the Elysee Palace in Paris for talks about poverty. More>>

Is that really a beached whale beneath Paris' Notre Dame?

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A sperm whale appears to have beached on an embankment in the shadow of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris _ but it's really just an art installation from a Belgian artists' collective. More>>

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