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ISLAMIC STATE-CHILD SOLDIERS

  BEIRUT — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. In the Syrian city of Raqqa, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. The Islamic State group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable at a [...]

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New Jersey looks at ‘yes means yes’ college policy

New Jersey looks at ‘yes means yes’ college policy

  TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — You think the attractive woman at the party who has been chatting you up all night is ready to take things to the next level. She seems to be throwing all the right signals. But if things turn sexual, are you sure that will hold up under legal scrutiny? That’s [...]

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Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter Views

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter Views

PORTSMOUTH — A recent survey shows Portsmouth had the highest foreclosure rate in Virginia in October. The survey by foreclosure-tracking company RealyTrac shows Portsmouth’s rate was 1 in every 584 homes. Salem had the second-highest rate at 1 in every 721 homes. SENT: 390 words. DISABLED VETERANS RETREAT CHESTERFIELD — Wheelchairs line the edge of [...]

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Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend. Tension has been mounting in Ferguson and elsewhere in the St. Louis area, with many [...]

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Putin says he won’t be Russia’s president for life

Putin says he won’t be Russia’s president for life

  MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin has said he won’t remain Russia’s president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 2024, according to an interview with a Russian news agency released Sunday. Staying in office beyond that would be “detrimental for the country and I don’t need this,” [...]

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Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish

Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish

  JERUSALEM (AP) — In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel’s Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The decision, which set off a stormy debate that could bring down Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brittle coalition government, [...]

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Admiral denies role in counterfeiting casino chips

Admiral denies role in counterfeiting casino chips

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of the U.S. nuclear force amid a gambling investigation is denying that he made the counterfeit casino chips he was caught using at an Iowa casino poker table. Investigative records obtained by The Associated Press said the DNA of Rear Adm. [...]

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Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms

Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms

  BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Evacuation plans are being prepared and the Red Cross is setting up shelters as rising temperatures begin to melt 7 feet of snow in the Buffalo area, causing a risk of flooding. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the only a few driving bans remain in effect as snow removal [...]

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Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments. The former four-term mayor will long be [...]

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US tells Iran to consider nuclear talks extension

US tells Iran to consider nuclear talks extension

  VIENNA (AP) — The U.S. told Iran Sunday that it’s time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline. A senior U.S. official said that with the Monday evening cutoff date a little [...]

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Tunisia polls give ex-regime figure the edge  BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA

Tunisia polls give ex-regime figure the edge BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A veteran politician from the previous regime that ran on a platform of restoring the prestige of the state took the lead in Tunisia’s first free and fair presidential election Sunday, according to exit polls. But there will still likely be a runoff next month. Beji Caid Essebsi, 87, [...]

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Obama: Americans want ‘new car smell’ in 2016  DARLENE SUPERVILLE

Obama: Americans want ‘new car smell’ in 2016 DARLENE SUPERVILLE

  HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama says voters want a “new car smell” in the 2016 White House race and that Hillary Rodham Clinton would be “a great president.” But would Clinton pass that particular smell test? In a nationally televised interview broadcast Sunday, Obama seemed to suggest that any Democrat other than [...]

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‘Queen Latifah Show’ to end after its 2nd season

  NEW YORK (AP) — “The Queen Latifah Show” will be ending after this season. Distributor Sony Pictures Television said Friday the show will air original episodes through March. The daytime talk show was launched in fall 2013 and found a so-so reception in its freshman year. This season it named a new executive producer [...]

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Classroom sex abuse case to cost nearly $140M

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once lawyers began digging into Mark Berndt’s past, they discovered a three-decade pattern of odd behavior and complaints about the teacher that school administrators either missed or ignored. Both students and teachers had complained about the popular elementary school teacher who was eventually convicted of committing numerous lewd acts on [...]

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Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine. The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis — Maine voters approved [...]

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Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift set for 2014 AMAs

  Is this the American Music Awards or the Australian Music Awards? Iggy Azalea, who was born Down Under, is the lead nominee at Sunday’s show. She will compete for top awards such as artist, new artist and single of the year for her smash hit, “Fancy.” The 24-year-old will also perform — she will [...]

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5 family members killed on ‘dream trip’ to Disney

  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Michael and Trudi Hardman had always talked about taking their six children to Disney World, and just a week before Thanksgiving, it seemed their “dream trip” was to be a reality. But just a little more than three hours after they took to the road Wednesday night, their SUV veered [...]

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Angry Mexicans protest over 43 missing students

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — A largely peaceful march by tens of thousands demanding the return of 43 missing students ended in violence, as a small group of masked protesters battled police in Mexico City’s main square. The march late November 20th sought the return of the students from a rural teachers’ college. November 20 [...]

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Official: Man who killed deputy had made threats

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man who had made previous threats against police set his house on fire Saturday and ambushed the first sheriff’s deputy who responded, fatally shooting the deputy and wounding another before he was killed by a police officer who lives nearby, a law enforcement official said. The man’s name and address [...]

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Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend. Tension has been mounting in Ferguson and elsewhere in the St. Louis area in [...]

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