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Wal-Mart: Morgan wasn’t wearing seatbelt in crash

  NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren’t wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday. The filing was made in federal court [...]

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California approves landmark ‘yes means yes’ law

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports. State lawmakers last month approved Senate Bill 967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, [...]

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Emotional toll taxes military drone operators too

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has assured Americans he opposes sending U.S. ground troops to crush Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria — well aware the country is not ready to return to the battlefield with its war wounded still recovering from a decade of conflict. But airmen have been sent back [...]

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New Afghan president sworn in after disputed vote

  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday, Sept 29 as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. Moments after Ghani Ahmadzai took the oath, he swore in his election challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, as chief executive, [...]

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Police defend handling of protests in Hong Kong

  Hong Kong (AP) —Kong’s police on Monday defended their use of tear gas and other tactics to control protests that have paralyzed the city’s financial district, appealing to the thousands gathered to demand more democracy to stop the unprecedented mass act of civil disobedience for the sake of safety and stability. Crowds grew Monday [...]

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UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

  DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate aid for the accelerating West African crisis. The spread of Ebola has spiraled into the worst ever outbreak, and the World Health Organization says it is has linked more than 3,000 deaths to [...]

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Ukraine: 2 killed in clashes despite cease-fire

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian security official said Saturday,Sept.27, that one serviceman and one civilian have been killed in the past day as rebels in the east continue attacks despite a cease-fire declared three weeks ago. Volodymyr Polyoviy, a spokesman for Ukraine’s national security council said that the civilian died and 16 others [...]

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is the republican party in trouble?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote religious liberty at home and abroad at a gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP. The annual Values Voter Summit opens Friday in Washington with speeches from several potential presidential [...]

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Va. tobacco commission approves $30M in grants

  BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — The Virginia tobacco commission has approved more than $30 million in grants for a wide range of projects for southwest and Southside Virginia. The Bristol Herald Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1rpb3Bl) that the panel met Thursday in Bristol. The commission approved a wide variety of projects, ranging from $3.7 million in funding for training programs [...]

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Palin says all eyes on Kansas in US Senate race

  INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged Kansas Republicans Thursday to unify behind U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, alleging his independent opponent is trying to “snooker” voters in what has become a surprisingly close race. The 2008 vice presidential nominee donned an apron and flipped pancakes alongside the GOP incumbent, once considered [...]

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Obama says Egypt key to US security in Mideast

  NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama is highlighting the longstanding relationship between the United States and Egypt as a cornerstone of American security policy in the Middle East. Obama is meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meetings. It’s the first face-to-face meeting [...]

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