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Mean, unadoptable cats given second chance in 'working' program

PHILADELPHIA — Gary wasn’t used to being around people. He didn’t like being touched, or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he’d lash out. He was perfect for the job. Because at the “Working Cats” progra...


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Puerto Rico youth stranded with school still out from storm

HATILLO, Puerto Rico — Alanys Arroyo and her little brothers have been cooped up in a school for weeks, but they aren't in class. They've been living in a campus-turned-shelter in western Puerto Rico since Hurr...


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Houston-area "Tourniquet Killer" set to die

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of his signature murder technique on four female victims was set for execution Wednesday evening.Anthony Allen Shore confessed...


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Kenya electoral head says fair election can't be guaranteed next week

The head of Kenya's election commission said Wednesday he could not guarantee next week's presidential election will be free and fair, citing interference from politicians and threats of violence against his co...


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Burmese army killed hundreds of Rohingya Muslims: Amnesty International report

By The Associated PressWed., Oct. 18, 2017BANGKOK—Burmese security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new r...


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U.S. Navy SEALs first spotted Boyle family in captivity and pressured Pakistan to make a move or they would

WASHINGTON — A CIA drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it picked up an unusual sight: a young woman and children in a militant camp. To intelligence analysts, she appeared t...


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Inside the Vancouver chapter of a secretive group where women are branded by their 'masters'

ALBANY, N.Y. — Last March, five women gathered in a home near here to enter a secret sisterhood they were told was created to empower women. To gain admission, they were required to give their recruiter — or “m...


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Trump: Lawmaker 'fabricated' account of his talk with widow

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a Florida congresswoman “fabricated” an account of the commander in chief telling the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that her husband “knew...


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U.K. intelligence chief says terror threat is worst of career

By Gregory KatzThe Associated PressWed., Oct. 18, 2017LONDON—Britain’s domestic intelligence chief warned during a rare public speech Tuesday that the terrorist threat the country faces has accelerated at an al...


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Xi Jinping lays out blueprint to make China a global superpower by 2050

President Xi Jinping warned of severe challenges while laying out a road map to turn China into a leading global power by 2050, as he kicked off a twice-a-decade party gathering expected to cement his influence...


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Israel finds a welcome audience with Christian journalists

JERUSALEM — Israel's nationalist government may be unpopular with Western liberals and much of its domestic press corps, but it has found a close friend among the world's evangelical Christians and their media ...


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Sessions defends FBI director's firing, won't disclose conversations with Trump

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly defended U.S. President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey, linking the FBI director's abrupt dismissal to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email server...


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Family of slain sergeant says Trump showed "disrespect"

WASHINGTON — The mother of an Army sergeant killed in Niger said Wednesday that President Donald Trump, in a call offering condolences, showed "disrespect" to the soldier's loved ones as they drove to the airpo...


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Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

BEIRUT — Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach ...


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As congressional investigations wear on, some eye a finish

WASHINGTON — As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when — and how — the probes will end.After months of cl...


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Greek monks say 'satanic' law could lead to all-male sanctuary being invaded by women

ROME — For more than 1,000 years, they have allowed only men to enter their ancient stone monasteries, but the monks of Mount Athos, in Greece, now fear that the peace and quiet of their all-male sanctuary is u...


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George Soros makes one of the largest transfers of wealth ever by a private donor

Billionaire financier George Soros, known for donating to liberal causes, now commands one of the most powerful philanthropies in the United States after having moved $18 billion of his personal wealth into his...


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The world's first floating offshore wind farm begins operating

The world’s first floating offshore wind farm started delivering electricity to the grid in the north of Scotland. The Hywind project, built by Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Ener...


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Talk of 'no deal' Brexit rises as divorce negotiations stall

LONDON — As Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union stutter and stall, one question looms larger and larger: What if there is no deal?It's an increasingly plausible prospect that stirs fear i...


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Harry Potter exhibit marks 20th anniversary of first book

LONDON — Harry Potter fans owe a debt of gratitude to Alice Newton.Alice was 8 years old when her father, a Bloomsbury Publishing executive, brought home a new manuscript for her to read."The excitement in this...