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Navy revokes honorary title given to Cosby

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is revoking Bill Cosby’s title of honorary chief petty officer, saying allegations of sexual abuse made against the comedian are serious and conflict with the Navy’s core values. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Stevens made the announcement Thursday in a statement. Cosby enlisted in [...]

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House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

  WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care. The 404-17 vote approves the most sweeping legislation to help the disabled since 1990, affecting as many [...]

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Gun battles in Chechen capital leave 19 dead

  GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Security forces in the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya stormed two buildings, including a school, in fierce gun battles with militants early Thursday that left at least 19 dead, authorities said. The fighting, which punctured the patina of stability ensured by years of heavy-handed rule by the [...]

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ECB puts off stimulus decision amid oil slump

  FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is getting ready to offer more stimulus for the struggling eurozone economy — but expects to make a decision only early next year after it assesses the impact of sharply lower oil prices, President Mario Draghi said Thursday. Draghi is facing skepticism within the board of [...]

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Board to look anew at Va. abortion clinic rules

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The State Board of Health has voted to revisit Virginia’s hotly debated abortion clinic regulations. The board voted 13-2 at a Thursday meeting attended by hundreds of opponents and proponents of the regulations established under the McDonnell administration. Dr. Marissa Levine, the new state health commissioner appointed by Democratic Gov. [...]

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Ex-Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe dies at 85

  LONDON (AP) — Jeremy Thorpe, an influential British politician who helped revive the Liberal Party before his career was cut short by scandal, died on Thursday. He was 85. Thorpe’s death was announced by his son, Rupert, and was mourned by current party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and other party stalwarts. [...]

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Women seek justice for Chilean dictatorship rapes

  SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Four women who say they were sexually tortured as political prisoners following Chile’s 1973 military coup have filed a complaint they hope will bring to light dictatorship-era rapes that have been buried by fear, shame and silence. The allegations were made in a complaint filed in May and the women [...]

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Brazil: best-butt runner-up hospitalized

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A 27-year-old Brazilian reality TV star who was runner-up in a best-buttocks competition has been hospitalized with complications from a cosmetic procedure to enlarge her thighs. The Conceicao Hospital Group in the southern city of Porto Alegre said Wednesday that Andressa Urach had an infection in her thighs after receiving under-skin [...]

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UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year

  LIMA, Peru (AP) — With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused. The World Meteorological Organization said the global average temperature in January-October was 0.57 Celsius (1.03 Fahrenheit) above average, the same as in record hot [...]

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Venezuela charges ex-lawmaker in alleged coup plot

  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A leading opposition figure learned Wednesday she is being charged with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, a move she called an attempt to silence her and other critics of Venezuela’s socialist government. Maria Corina Machado, a former member of the National Assembly, left a private [...]

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GOP aide resigns over criticism of Obama daughters

  WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to a Republican congressman resigned Monday after her Facebook post criticizing President Barack Obama’s daughters touched off a backlash. Elizabeth Lauten, communications director to Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, said 16-year-old Malia Obama and her sister Sasha, 13, should have shown more “class” at a turkey-pardoning ceremony last week [...]

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