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School gunman was Homecoming prince, students say

  MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday Oct. 24, and opened fire, killing one person and shooting four others — including two of his cousins — before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said. Students said the gunman was [...]

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Italian court acquits Dolce&Gabbana in tax case

  MILAN (AP) — Italy’s highest court has acquitted Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion in a highly publicized case that led the Milan designers to close their Milan stores in protest for several days last year. The Court of Cassation in Rome overturned two lower court convictions in its decision Friday, ruling [...]

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UK rejects ‘appalling’ EU demand for more money

  BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Friday he would not pay a European Union bill for an additional 2.1 billion euro ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc. Thumping his fist in frustration, Cameron said “people [...]

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US stocks rise broadly on earnings; Amazon sinks

  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose again Friday, putting the market on track for its best week in almost two years, helped by strong quarterly results from companies such as Microsoft and UPS. Amazon plunged after the company reported dismal third-quarter results, but it wasn’t enough to drag the rest of the market [...]

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Turkey says 1,300 Syria rebels heading to Kobani

  TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Turkey’s president said Friday that Ankara would allow hundreds of Syrian rebels to travel to the embattled border town of Kobani in order to help Kurdish fighters there fend off an Islamic State onslaught. But Syrian opposition activists denied there were any such plans, and Kurdish fighters reacted angrily to [...]

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Canadians seek to understand Parliament shooting

  OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Authorities and ordinary Canadians sifted through confounding shards of a gunman’s life seeking to understand what motivated the man to storm the nation’s seat of power. The emerging portrait of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is a fragmented one: A misfit who went more than five years without seeing his mother. A crack [...]

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Hagan and Tillis in a battle of ‘extremes’ in NC

  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Senate race boils down to a battle of extremes. At least that’s how Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis want voters to see it. Running against President Barack Obama as much as he is against Hagan, Tillis calls the president’s health care law an “unworkable [...]

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Putin accuses US of undermining global stability

  MOSCOW (AP) — The United States is destabilizing the global world order by trying to enforce its will, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Friday, warning that the world will face new wars if Washington fails to respect the interests of other countries. In a speech to political experts in Russia’s Black Sea resort of [...]

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Ukraine’s key election fails to spark enthusiasm

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine’s history. Since the revolution this year that toppled a despised president, her dreams of a better future have been blunted by war and near economic collapse. Parliamentary elections on Sunday promise [...]

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Darth Vader hopes force with him in Ukraine polls

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — One candidate in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections hopes to bring voters to the dark side: Darth Alekseyevich Vader. Dressed in full Star Wars regalia, Vader prowls the streets of Kiev atop his black campaign van wooing voters with promises to turn Ukraine into a “galactic empire.” So serious is he about [...]

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Poland appeals Europe court ruling on CIA prison

  WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government says it is appealing a judgment by Europe’s top human rights court, which ruled in July that Warsaw violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to imprison them at a so-called black site in Poland from 2002-2003. The ruling by the European Court [...]

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