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Landrieu revisits Hurricane Katrina in Senate race

  BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Six years ago, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s effort to draw billions of dollars in federal disaster aid to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina helped keep her in office for a third Senate term. Since then, Landrieu has lost much of that post-Katrina goodwill. The prominent Republican support she garnered in 2008 [...]

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Burkina Faso leader steps down, vote in 90 days

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday after 27 years in power following a wave of protests against his rule. “I declare that I’m leaving power in order to have a free and transparent election in 90 days,” said Compaore in a statement read out on television and radio stations. [...]

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McDonnell wants new trial over jury issues

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday he should get a new trial on corruption charges because the jury in his case was potentially biased and may have acted improperly. McDonnell’s lawyers filed court documents saying U.S. District Judge James Spencer did not properly examine whether potential jurors [...]

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Trooper ambush suspect in court after long manhunt

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Onlookers shouted “Are you sorry?” and “Why did you do it?” at the suspect in a fatal ambush on a Pennsylvania state police barracks as troopers led him from his first court appearance Friday following a grueling seven-week manhunt. Eric Frein, 31, appeared gaunt and battered as he answered [...]

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Group argues Redskins lawsuit should be tossed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five Native Americans are asking a Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit the Washington Redskins filed after the group successfully challenged the team’s name, arguing it is offensive. Lawyers for both sides were expected in federal court in Alexandria on Friday, where a judge was scheduled to hear arguments on whether the [...]

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Obama urges Snyder’s defeat despite common ground

  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When President Barack Obama campaigns in Detroit on Saturday night, he will be urging the defeat of a Republican governor with whom he has more common ground than most and who, unlike other GOP leaders, doesn’t condemn the unpopular president or his policies. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s approach is part [...]

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Relatives suspected poisoning in family’s deaths

  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Relatives of five Utah family members found dead in a locked bedroom last month suspected the deaths weren’t accidental, and revelations that poison likely killed them confirmed their suspicions, according to a statement released Thursday. Jacob Strack said his family is struggling after learning from search warrants Wednesday that [...]

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UK Treasury chief set to pay off World War I bonds

    LONDON (AP) — Britain is repaying some of the 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) it still owes investors who helped finance World War I. As Europe marks the centenary of the war, Treasury chief George Osborne said Friday the government plans to redeem some National War Bonds issued in 1917 when it refinances [...]

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Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola

  The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, purposefully rode their bikes away from town on a dirt path to avoid coming into contact with people. “We’re not trying to push any limits here. We’re members of this community, too, and we want to make people comfortable,” he [...]

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Israel presents maritime version of ‘Iron Dome’

  LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Israel’s “Iron Dome” is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says. State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the system’s much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer’s Gaza war, hoping to draw navies as buyers for a new maritime version seen as [...]

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Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests

  BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Following large-scale protests, Hungary’s prime minister said Friday that the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year. A scheme to make Internet service providers pay 150 forints ($0.62) per gigabyte of Internet traffic, later proposed to be capped at different monthly rates [...]

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