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AP-NORC Poll: 52 percent say country worse off under Trump

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Americans are painting a pessimistic view of the country and President Donald Trump as 2017 comes to a close. More>>

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set 'to rock'

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Republicans working to execute their first major legislative achievement of Donald Trump's presidency appear to have secured the votes to pass a massive tax overhaul that Trump hoped to present to the American people for Christmas. More>>

After Alabama, abortion may be backseat issue in 2018 races

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Both Democratic and Republican operatives say abortion may take a backseat to other issues in 2018 now that conservative Alabama has elected a Democrat who supports abortion rights. More>>

Special counsel obtains thousands of Trump transition emails

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Several people familiar with President Donald Trump's transition say Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has gained access to thousands of private emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration. More>>

Residents flee as flames approach wealthy California enclave

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The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft. More>>

Wildfire burns beloved burros in South Dakota's Custer park

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Nine Custer State Park burros that were reported missing in a South Dakota wildfire have been found, but they all suffered burns. More>>

Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process

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The Vatican's saint-making office has updated its procedures for authenticating and conserving relics for would-be saints, issuing new rules that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained and venerated. More>>

A CDC ban on 'fetus' and 'transgender?' Experts alarmed

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Health leaders say they are alarmed about reports that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words in official budget documents, including "fetus," and "transgender.". More>>

'A Prairie Home Companion' name becomes 'Live from Here'

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The radio variety show known as "A Prairie Home Companion" has been renamed following Minnesota Public Radio's dismissal of its creator, Garrison Keillor. More>>

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

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Hollywood executives and other major players in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality across the industry. More>>

Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright charged with murder in 2010 death

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Authorities say the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in his death more than seven years ago. More>>

The one that got away: Not the fish, but the $2.8M prize

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For the last two years, the most dramatic moments of the White Marlin Open have been on dry land _ not off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. More>>

SpaceX 1st: Recycled rocket soars with recycled capsule

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SpaceX has racked up another first, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a NASA grocery run. More>>

Romanians join European royals for last king's state funeral

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Tens of thousands of Romanians joined members of Europe's royal families to pay their respects to late King Michael as a state funeral got underway. More>>

5 things to know about King Michael's funeral in Romania

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5 things to know about King Michael's funeral in Romania. More>>

Italy OKs living wills amid long-running euthanasia debate

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Italy's Senate has passed a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in Catholic Italy's long-running debate over euthanasia and when it's OK to pull the plug. More>>

With obesity on rise, Paris reflects on mirrored 'fatphobia'

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Image-conscious Paris has launched a public awareness campaign to counter sizeism, an often disregarded form of discrimination. More>>

Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

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A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control. More>>

Egypt reopens ancient library in Sinai after renovations

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Egypt inaugurates an ancient library in the famed St. Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai. More>>

Volunteers place wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

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A huge number of volunteers are placing wreaths on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery. More>>

N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

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North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. More>>

Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's potential defection has put a speed bump into GOP leaders' drive to push their big tax package through the Senate. More>>

The Latest: Estimate says tax bill adds $1.46T to deficit

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President Donald Trump says he's seen the latest version of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package moving through Congress and he predicts it will do "very, very well.". More>>

Pope: Media sins by dredging up, sensationalizing old news

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Pope Francis is criticizing journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalize the news, saying it's a "very serious sin" that hurts all involved. More>>

Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains

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The U.S. government posted a seventh straight monthly increase in people being arrested or denied entry along the Mexican border, erasing much of the early gains of Donald Trump's presidency. More>>

Female candidate quits Kansas race over 2005 harassment suit

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A female congressional candidate has dropped out of the Kansas race over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate. More>>

Moore tells supporters 'battle is not over' in Senate race

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Republican Roy Moore is telling supporters "the battle is not over" in Alabama's Senate race as he asks for campaign donations and any reports of voting irregularities. More>>

Americans pessimistic about Trump, country: AP-NORC Poll

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Americans are painting a pessimistic view of the country and President Donald Trump as 2017 comes to a close. More>>

Trump assails FBI leadership, touts loyalty to police

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The White House says newly-revealed FBI records show there is "extreme bias" against President Donald Trump among senior leadership at the FBI. More>>

Tillerson retreats on offer of unconditional NKorea talks

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is criticizing China over its oil supplies to North Korea and urging Russia to stop using laborers from the impoverished nation. More>>

Strong earthquake rattles Indonesia's Java island; 2 dead

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A strong earthquake shook buildings in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and cities in western and central Java late Friday evening. More>>

White House signals Western Wall has to be part of Israel

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Senior Trump administration officials are outlining their view that Jerusalem's Western Wall has to be a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East. More>>

Putin looks for quick win, but voter apathy worries Kremlin

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Russia's presidential election campaign formally lasts only three months, and President Vladimir Putin wants to make it as short as possible. More>>

White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign

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The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure. More>>

Germany extends facial recognition test at rail station

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Germany's top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate. More>>

AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

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"Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. More>>

Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana

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Disney $52 billion purchase of Fox seals rift in Marvel, 'Star Wars' universes but it will be unavoidable online and in theaters. More>>

US prosecutors move to cash in on $8.5M in seized bitcoin

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Federal attorneys prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring case are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that's exploded in value to $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest. More>>

Deadly California wildfire continues to grow

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The first firefighter has died in the battle against a series of major wildfires burning across Southern California. More>>

EU sees new 'dramatically difficult' phase in Brexit talks

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EU leaders gathered Friday to launch a new phase in negotiations on Britain's departure from their bloc, as domestic pressure mounts on Prime Minister Theresa May. More>>

DA not filing charges over alleged assault at KU men's dorm

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The local prosecutor does not plan to file sexual assault charges over a report that a 16-year-old girl was raped in December 2016 in the dorm housing the Kansas men's basketball team. More>>

The Latest: Trump slams investigators at 'disgraceful' FBI

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President Donald Trump says "it's a shame what's happened" with the FBI, calling its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation "really disgraceful" and vowing to "rebuild" the agency. More>>

Playwright alleges misconduct by Hoffman when she was 16

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Dustin Hoffman faces new allegations of sexual misconduct, including exposing himself to a 16-year-old girl decades ago in a New York hotel room. More>>

Grand jury: Penn State showed 'shocking apathy' to drinking

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Grand jury report after frat pledge's drinking death says Penn State officials displayed 'shocking apathy'. More>>

Rubio defection threatens GOP's slim majority on tax bill

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Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under a new agreement crafted by Republicans in Congress. More>>

As Disney swallows Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

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After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been forecast to hit Hollywood finally arrived Thursday with Disney's purchase of the 20th Century Fox film studio. More>>

Ex-Russian minister jailed for 8 years in sting case

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A court has found a former Russian economic development minister guilty of accepting a $2 million bribe from a top ally of President Vladimir Putin. More>>

Disney buying much of Fox, will help it compete with Netflix

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Disney is buying a big chunk of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal, gaining U.S. cable channels and a major film studio and growing overseas as it tries to meet competition from technology companies. More>>

Coalition govt reached in Austria signals shift to right

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Austrian conservative and nationalist parties say they have reached a deal on a new coalition government which will make 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz the new chancellor and Europe's youngest leader. More>>

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry May 19 on FA Cup day

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Kensington Palace says the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be held on May 19. More>>

Trump doesn't want to talk about Flynn pardon 'yet'

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President Donald Trump isn't saying whether he is considering a pardon for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. More>>

EU agrees to catch more fish sustainably in 2018

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European Union nations have agreed to set quota levels that ensure more sustainable fishing in the Northeastern Atlantic and the North Sea, but environmentalists insist the bloc is behind in its schedule to end overfishing by 2020. More>>

Plane that led Normandy invasion discovered, restored

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A plane that led the invasion of Normandy during World War II has been saved from a junkyard and carefully restored in Wisconsin. More>>

French death toll rises to 5 children in train-bus crash

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French authorities said all victims have been identified overnight and their families informed after a regional train hit a school bus in southern France, killing four children. More>>

Man with knife at Amsterdam airport is not terror case

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Dutch military police say they have shot a man after he threatened to use a knife at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. More>>

Mario Batali kicked off ABC amid misconduct allegations

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Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been kicked off ABC's "The Chew" amid allegations from several women that he touched them inappropriately. More>>

Poll: Most believe Trump trying to obstruct Russia probe

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A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals that most Americans think Donald Trump did something wrong regarding his presidential campaign's ties to Russia. More>>

House Speaker Paul Ryan denies reports he may leave Congress

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is denying reports that he plans to leave Congress after the Republicans' treasured tax bill is approved. More>>

FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'

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FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality' rules that equalized access to the internet. More>>

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy

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An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy and clarify the extent that the seal of the confession applies to evidence of child abuse. More>>

Big baller: LeBron gets triple-double as Cavs beat Lakers

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LeBron James notches his 59th career triple-double as Cavs beat Lakers 121-112 for 16th win in 17 games. More>>

Spain arrests suspect wanted in at least 5 killings

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Spanish authorities have arrested a homicide suspect wanted by Italy for months after the slaying of three people in Spain, including two civil guards. More>>

Ex-'Apprentice' star Omarosa to tell all about White House

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The White House says Omarosa Manigault Newman _ one of President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters _ plans to leave the administration next month. More>>

The kids are all right: 'Youthquake' is Oxford word of 2017

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Oxford Dictionaries is recognizing the power of the millennial generation with its 2017 word of the year: youthquake. More>>

Suspect in Virginia car attack faces upgraded charge

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Man accused of ramming car into crowd protesting against a white nationalist rally in Virginia, killing one and injuring dozens in August, faces court hearing. More>>

No jail for fertility doctor who lied about using own sperm

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A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm is set to plead guilty to charges that he lied to investigators. More>>

The Latest: Walmart suspends ties to Tavis Smiley show, tour

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PBS suspends distribution of Tavis Smiley's talk show after an independent investigation uncovers "multiple, credible allegations" of misconduct by its host. More>>

Black women seek rewards from Democrats after Alabama race

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Black women ask to be 'at the head of the political class' after Alabama Senate race. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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Among 10 Things to Know: Marco Rubio's potential defection puts a speed bump into tax overhaul; Charges upgraded to first-degree murder for man accused of ramming crowd at Charlottesville rally; Disney-Fox deal dramatically redraws film industry map. More>>

EU nations bicker over migration policy as summit opens

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EU leaders are gathering in Brussels set to move Brexit talks into a new phase as pressure mounts on Prime Minister May over her plans to take Britain out of the 28-nation bloc. More>>

EU's Tusk warns of bruising Brexit battle ahead, urges unity

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Britain's chief Brexit negotiator says a situation in which the U.K. crashes out of the European Union without a deal has become "massively less probable" because of a preliminary agreement reached last week. More>>

Dueling statistics used at hearing on racial bias in stings

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The question of whether agents display racial bias by staging phony stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of landmark hearings in Chicago. More>>

Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire

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Fire lines have been established around nearly a third of one of the largest wildfires in California history, but the blaze is still raging in some places, conditions are still fire-prone, and danger remains. More>>

Putin says Trump foes harm US with Russia collusion probes

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will seek to modernize the Russian economy if he's re-elected to another term next March. More>>

White House aims to sway opinion on immigration overhaul

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The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure. More>>

Poll: Most say Trump crossed line with Russia contacts

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A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals that most Americans think Donald Trump did something wrong regarding his presidential campaign's ties to Russia. More>>

US says missile parts prove Iran is illicitly arming Houthis Video included

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President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations says "undeniable" evidence proves that Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen. More>>

Lawmaker who spun history of heroics ends life in suicide

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A coroner says a Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a woman has died in an apparent suicide. More>>

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

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As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-games costs and huge financial strain placed on one of its poorest regions. More>>

10 Things to Know for Friday

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Among 10 Things to Know: Rubio defection threatens GOP's slim majority on tax bill; FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'; US says missile parts prove Iran is illicitly arming rebels in Yemen. More>>

Walmart, book distributor suspend ties with Tavis Smiley

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PBS suspends distribution of Tavis Smiley's talk show after an independent investigation uncovers "multiple, credible allegations" of misconduct by its host. More>>

South Dakota park to make unplanned bison roundup after fire

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A South Dakota state park known for annual buffalo roundups drawing thousands of spectators will perform an unscheduled one in the coming days, hoping to assuage fears about how a historic wildfire affected the animals. More>>

Republican tax bill drops controversial loan provisions

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Republican tax bill drops controversial loan provisions that critics said would make college less affordable. More>>

Consent to kids at heart of gay couple's child support case

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National gay rights advocates are watching a child support fight between a divorced lesbian couple in Hawaii. More>>

Trump's security paper offers stark vision of global rivalry

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Trump's "America First" vision is a stark worldview that sees rivals battling each other for supremacy or relevance and has little use for alliances, treaties and other international agreements unless they directly benefit the United States. More>>

Detroit breaks ground on tallest tower, symbol of resurgence

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An 800-foot-tall (244-meter) centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum nearly three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. More>>

Aid group: At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

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International aid group Doctors Without Borders says its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar's security forces. More>>

Feds: Oklahoma man kept stepdaughter captive for 19 years

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A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere. More>>

4 children killed in bus-train collision in southern France

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French authorities say there has been a "serious rail accident" in southern France involving a school bus and a regional train. More>>

The Latest: States warming up net-neutrality lawsuits

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The Latest: States warming up net-neutrality lawsuits. More>>

Israeli drugmaker Teva to cut quarter of global work force

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic drugmaker, says it is laying off 14,000 workers as part of a global restructuring. More>>

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's not leaving Congress soon

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's not leaving Congress anytime soon. More>>

Russian nuclear plant says it emits leaked nuclear isotope

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A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected to be behind a spike of radioactivity this fall has admitted that it emits the isotope that was recorded in the Ural mountains. More>>

Farenthold retiring from House amid harassment accusations

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Two Republicans say that Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold won't seek re-election next year. More>>

Drone operator faulted in NY collision with helicopter

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Federal investigators say a recreational drone operator was at fault in the first confirmed midair collision in the U.S. between a drone and a manned aircraft. More>>

The Latest: States warming up net-neutrality lawsuits

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The Latest: Clyburn blasts FCC net neutrality repeal. More>>

The Latest: French prime minister: cause of crash unknown

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne are traveling to the site of a collision between a train and a school bus in southern France. More>>

Republicans criticize Mueller's probe, but want him to stay

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An FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team over politically charged text messages referred to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as an "idiot.". More>>

UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes Video included

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear treaty with six world powers. More>>

Ohio high court shields full autopsy reports in slaying of 8

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A divided Ohio Supreme Court has rejected requests for the unredacted autopsy reports from the unsolved slayings of eight family members. More>>

Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

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Steve Bannon has come under fire from fellow Republicans, shows no sign of abandoning his guerrilla war against the GOP establishment. More>>

Baby's heart placed back inside her chest in rare surgeries

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British officials say a baby born with an extremely rare condition has survived surgery to place her heart inside her chest. More>>

Hayek says rebuffing Weinstein led to nightmare on 'Frida'

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In an op-ed, Salma Hayek says that her refusals of Harvey Weinstein's advances led to a nightmare experience making the Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida. "The. More>>

Report: 3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape

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Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them. More>>

GOP's not all that sad; party grapples with Alabama fallout Video included

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Democrat Doug Jones has won a stunning victory in Alabama's Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump. More>>

Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017

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Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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Among 10 Things to Know: Steve Bannon, undeterred, under siege from Republicans after Alabama Senate loss; As 'net neutrality' vote in FCC nears, some brace for a long fight; Ample tax cuts for business, wealthy in new GOP tax accord. More>>

Italian agents circle in on fugitive Mafia boss

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Italian law enforcement is circling in on Italy's most wanted Mafioso fugitive, executing dozens of search warrants on known associates of Matteo Messina Denaro. More>>

Royals join bereaved families in London tower fire memorial

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Britain's royals have joined survivors and families of those who perished in London's Grenfell Tower fire for a memorial service to remember the 71 people killed in the June blaze. More>>

South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in is in Beijing on a visit to repair ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an anti-missile system. More>>

Ancient penguin was as big as a (human) Pittsburgh Penguin

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Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was about the size of a grown man. More>>

Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

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Islamic nations come together at Turkey summit, seeking united stance against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem. More>>

Bombing underscores New York subway system's vulnerability

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A Bangladeshi immigrant is expected to appear before a federal magistrate to face terrorism charges accusing him of setting off an explosive strapped to his body in a New York City transportation hub. More>>

Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

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A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky facing sexual assault allegations has killed himself. More>>

Fed rate increase is 3rd this year; foresees 3 more in 2018

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Fed boosts key interest rate for third time this year to range of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent. More>>

GOP says it's got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year Video included

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A massive Republican tax package swiftly taking shape would pull down the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the tax rate for corporations to a level slightly above what businesses and conservatives wanted. More>>

The Latest: Some in GOP cheered by Moore loss in Alabama

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Democrat Doug Jones has won a stunning victory in Alabama's Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump. More>>

Firefighters wary despite gains against California fire

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Firefighters are finally eking out progress on the titanic task of cutting fire lines around one of the biggest blazes in the history of California. More>>

The Latest: IRS says bill could benefit taxpayers by Feb

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House and Senate GOP leaders have forged an agreement on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws. More>>

In blow to May, UK lawmakers assert final say on Brexit deal

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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says there will be "no turning back" for Britain on commitments made during an initial divorce deal between the two, after his U.K. counterpart insisted it was merely a "statement of intent.". More>>

Former 'Apprentice' contestant Omarosa leaving White House

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The White House says Omarosa Manigault Newman _ one of President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters _ plans to leave the administration next month. More>>

Some of Facebook's early friends now its sharpest critics

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Some of Facebook's early friends are now its sharpest critics, accusing it and other social media giants of addicting their users and undermining democracy. More>>

Rock Hall 2018 class: Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues

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Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees. More>>

The Latest: Trump Jr. finishes 9-hour interview in Senate

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Republican lawmakers are challenging the deputy attorney general about the political leanings of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team. More>>

Elections chief: Automatic recount unlikely in Alabama race

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Alabama's election chief says it is "unlikely" that the outcome of the state's U.S. Senate race will change even as Republican Roy looks to a possible recount. More>>

New US Embassy in UK: No perimeter fence, benches for public

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The most surprising aspect of the pricey new U.S. Embassy in London is what isn't there _ a perimeter fence. More>>

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Among 10 Things to Know: GOP says it's got a deal on taxes; Republicans grapple with stunning Alabama loss; former 'Apprentice' contestant Omarosa leaving White House. More>>

Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

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As inflation in Venezuela reaches catastrophic heights, thousands have begun turning to the world of cryptocurrency to salvage what little value remains from their increasingly worthless bolivars. More>>

Paris hosts major climate summit _ and it's all about Trump

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More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes gives new momentum to the fight against global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. More>>

After big Senate loss, what's next for firebrand Roy Moore?

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After surprise Senate loss, what's next for firebrand Republican Roy Moore?. More>>

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is ready to name his pick to replace Sen. Al Franken. More>>

The Associated Press names SZA's 'Ctrl' album of the year

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SZA's 'Ctrl' has been named album of the year by The Associated Press; others in the top 10 include Kendrick Lamar, Daniel Caesar, Jay-Z and Taylor Swift. More>>

Ex-polygamous sect leader gets nearly 5 years in fraud case

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A former polygamous sect leader has been sentenced to nearly five years for his role in a carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial. More>>

The Latest: Jerry Brown to Trump: "Get out of the way"

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Activists pretending to represent a massive wave of oil are holding a protest in Paris at the start of an international climate summit. More>>

Things to know about Alabama's new US senator, Doug Jones

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Things to know about Doug Jones, a Democrat who won a special election against Republican Roy Moore to become Alabama's next U.S. senator. More>>

CNN says Anderson Cooper's Twitter account apparently hacked

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CNN is claiming Anderson Cooper's Twitter account was hacked after a tweet from his handle called the president a "pathetic loser" following Democrat Doug Jones winning Alabama's special Senate election. More>>

Fat squirrel steals pricey goods left out for delivery folks Video included

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An obese squirrel has been caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a New Jersey family leaves out every year as a holiday treat for delivery people. More>>

The Latest: UK lawmakers defeat government on Brexit bill

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British lawmakers have delivered a defeat to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans by giving Parliament the final say on any exit agreement with the European Union. More>>

Gillibrand got a fight she wants after Trump's fiery tweet Video included

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump attacked her in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them. More>>

EU Parliament votes against banning key kebab additive

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The European Parliament narrowly defeated plans to ban an additive which is considered key in industrial meats for the ubiquitous doner kebab. More>>

AP's top songs of 2017: SZA, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Sam Hunt

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SZA's 'The Weekend' has been named song of the year by The Associated Press; others in the top 10 include Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Kesha and Sam Hunt. More>>

With unity in peril, EU leaders tackle refugee quotas

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With their unity in peril, European Union leaders are set to tackle the thorny issue of refugee quotas at a summit on Thursday. More>>

NFL Network suspends analysts over sexual misconduct suit

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NFL Network suspends Marshal Faulk, 2 other analysts over sexual misconduct suit by ex-employee. More>>

US-based climate scientists to take research to France

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Two U.S.-based climate scientists say it's a dream come true _ the offer of all-expenses-paid grants to advance their research in Europe instead of the United States under climate skeptic President Donald Trump. More>>

Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

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Administration asserts GOP-backed tax overhaul will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers. More>>

Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

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A major security based on bitcoin, the digital currency that has exploded in popularly and volatility this year, will begin trading on a major U.S. exchange for the first time on Sunday. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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Among 10 Things to Know: Democrat Doug Jones stuns Roy Moore in Alabama Senate election; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets fight she wants after Trump's provocative tweet; Minnesota governor set to name Franken's Senate replacement. More>>

AP Exclusive: Sold NKorean brides face hard choices in China

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AP Exclusive: Thousands of North Korea women over the past decades have been trafficked across their country's border and sold as brides to Chinese men. More>>

Venezuela's opposition, prisoners win EU human rights award

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The democratic opposition and political prisoners in Venezuela on Thursday have received the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights. More>>

Baby formula maker calls global recall over salmonella fears

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French baby milk maker Lactalis has ordered a global recall of millions of its products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. More>>

MLB ump Dale Scott retires rather than risk more concussions

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Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott tells The Associated Press he's retiring rather than risk another concussion. More>>

As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

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Flynn was feeling the pressure, anxious to get things settled before his guilty plea. More>>

FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

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An FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team over politically charged text messages referred to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as an "idiot.". More>>

Bahrain interfaith group pays unprecedented visit to Israel

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An interfaith group from the Gulf state of Bahrain is paying a public visit to Israel, but has drawn criticism at home. More>>

The Latest: Moore not conceding Senate race to Jones

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Alabama Republican Roy Moore's campaign says The Washington Post is not being let into his election night gathering in Montgomery. More>>

Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset Video included

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An internationally watched Senate election is down to voters in Alabama who will choose between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. More>>

5 things to watch in Alabama's high stakes Senate race Video included

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5 things to watch in Alabama's high stakes Senate race. More>>

Some glitches seen in deadline week for 'Obamacare' sign-ups

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Some HealthCare.gov customers get incorrect message that no plans are available to them. More>>

Trump says female senator 'would do anything' for money Video included

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Three women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment are sharing their stories on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks told of alleged harassment by Trump spanning decades. More>>

Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

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The winds aren't changing for Southern California's wildfires yet. The fifth largest blaze in state history was threatening thousands of homes as it churned through coastal mountains amid persistently dangerous weather conditions. More>>

Bangladesh questions family of man accused of NYC attack

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Bangladesh counterterrorism officers are questioning the wife and other relatives of a man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system. More>>

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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Among 10 Things to Know: Trump says female senator 'would do anything' for money; Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with NKorea; some of Facebook's early friends now its sharpest critics. More>>

Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama Video included

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Democrat Doug Jones wins election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, as voters in the deeply conservative and heavily Republican state deal a stark political blow to President Donald Trump. More>>

German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

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The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency is warning that China is using social networks to try to cultivate sources of information. More>>

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

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Officials say the largest, most destructive wildfire burning in Southern California is expected to grow as it enters its second week. More>>

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

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The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Mayor Edwin Lee has died at the age of 65. More>>

NTSB blames captain, bad safety culture for loss of El Faro

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Federal accident investigators are set to determine the probable cause of the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro in 2015, the worst maritime disaster for a U.S.-flagged vessel in decades in which 33 mariners were killed. More>>

Stormtroopers and princes on London's 'Last Jedi' red carpet

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Princes William and Harry are due on the red carpet for the European premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," in which the royal siblings reportedly make a cameo appearance. More>>

The Latest: Prosecutor: Bomb suspect wanted maximum damage

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An NYPD official says the man accused of detonating a bomb in the New York City subway wasn't known to authorities before the incident. More>>

Authorities say bomber mocked Trump before subway attack

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A would-be suicide bomber's rush-hour blast in the New York City subway system is adding new fuel to President Donald Trump's push to limit immigration based on family ties. More>>

New York commuters return to bombing site, shrug off attack Video included

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New York subway riders are shrugging off the city's latest terrorist attack. More>>

Comment about Jews by Roy Moore's wife sparks new ridicule Video included

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The wife of embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore fought back against accusations that her husband doesn't support blacks or Jews, saying at one point that one of their attorneys "is a Jew.". More>>

Trump says senator 'would do anything' for cash Video included

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President Donald Trump is pushing back against sexual misconduct allegations, saying he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories.". More>>

Moscow's cadet ball mixes pomp, discipline and inclusivity

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Moscow's International Kremlin Cadet Ball is a picture of discipline, pomp and splendor. More>>

Late-night host Kimmel holds son, pleads for health care

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Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night son from a week off for the boy's heart surgery. More>>

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