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Iraqi Kurds vote in referendum on independence from Baghdad

Mail.com IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurds cast ballots on Monday in their autonomous region and in a wide sweep of captured territories on whether to seek independence from Baghdad, a historic vote that has also raised tensions and fears … Continue reading

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Church used unemployment scam to boost funds, ex-members say

Mail.com SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — When Randy Fields’ construction company faced potential ruin because of the cratering economy, he pleaded with his pastor at Word of Faith Fellowship church to reduce the amount of money he was required to tithe … Continue reading

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Planes designed for Alaska to take final flight

Mail.com ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An airplane uniquely configured for Alaska that could leave passengers sharing the main deck with a kitchen sink, this week’s groceries or a herd of reindeer is about to be taken out of service. Alaska … Continue reading

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Russia warns US it will strike back if militia attacks in Syria don’t end

RT Moscow has warned the US that if militias it supports in northeast Syria again attack positions of pro-government forces backed by Russia, the Russian military will use all its force to retaliate. The troops of the Syrian Democratic Force … Continue reading

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Defense: Man accused of terror plot an ‘idiot,’ not fighter

Mail.com BOSTON (AP) — A man accused of participating in a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller became consumed by Islamic State group propaganda because he was overweight, lonely and desperate for an escape from his bleak life, his … Continue reading

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Mexicans displaced by deadly quake seek refuge from fear

Mail.com MEXICO CITY (AP) — On rubber mats spread across a Mexico City recreation center, the Montero family cuddles under donated wool blankets, their first new possessions after abandoning their apartment following the deadly magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Across the capital … Continue reading

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Ex-prosecutors unsure if nursing home deaths involved crimes

Mail.com HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Nine elderly patients died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a … Continue reading

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Court denies Charleston shooter’s request to fire his Jewish & Indian lawyers

RT A federal court denied convicted Charleston shooter Dylann Roof’s request to replace his two defense lawyers, who are Jewish and Indian. Roof called the lawyers appealing against his death sentence his “political and biological enemies.” Roof, 23, killed nine … Continue reading

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Nations start signing nuke ban treaty opposed by big powers

Mail.com UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nations on Wednesday began signing the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact backed by over 100 countries but spurned by those with nuclear arms. The U.N. treaty office said 51 countries are expected … Continue reading

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White man faces charges in shooting deaths of 2 black men

Mail.com BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 23-year-old white man was arrested and accused of killing two black men and shooting up a black family’s home in a string of attacks last week that police say may have been racially … Continue reading

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Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico, heavy flooding reported

Mail.com SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit Puerto Rico pummeled the island Wednesday, tearing off roofs and doors, toppling cell towers and unleashing heavy flooding in an onslaught that could deepen the … Continue reading

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Putin orders to end trade in US dollars at Russian seaports

RT Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to approve legislation making the ruble the main currency of exchange at all Russian seaports by next year, according to the Kremlin website. To protect the interests of stevedoring companies with … Continue reading

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Senate GOP musters final push to erase Obama health care law

Mail.com WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans expressed growing hope Monday for a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law, an effort that still faces an uphill climb and just a two-week window to pass. Adding more risk, … Continue reading

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Common Core used widely, despite continuing debate

Mail.com WASHINGTON (AP) — Most of the states that first endorsed the Common Core academic standards are still using them in some form, despite continued debate over whether they are improving student performance in reading and math. Of the states … Continue reading

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Young immigrants shout down Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi

Mail.com SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, said she understands the fears of young immigrants after they shouted her down Monday at an event where she planned to drum up support for legislation … Continue reading

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‘GM seed choice shouldn’t be dictated’: Italian farmers question EU court ruling on Monsanto corn

RT Not all Italian farmers welcome a European court ruling this week allowing growers to cultivate genetically-modified corn in Italy. Some farmers told RT that the majority reject GM seeds and question the EU interfering in national laws. The European … Continue reading

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Senate on track to pass $700 billion defense policy bill

Mail.com WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is on track to pass a defense policy bill that pumps $700 billion into the Pentagon budget, expands U.S. missile defenses in response to North Korea’s growing hostility and refuses to allow excess military … Continue reading

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Man questioned about deadly shootings is freed from jail

Mail.com BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 23-year-old white man whom police call a “person of interest” in the fatal shootings of two black men in Baton Rouge has been released from jail after his arrest on drug charges over … Continue reading

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Protests resume after 80 arrests in St. Louis unrest

Mail.com ST. LOUIS (AP) — A racially mixed crowd of demonstrators locked arms and marched quietly through downtown St. Louis Monday morning to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect, following … Continue reading

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‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli sent to jail after offering $5k for Clinton’s hair in cloning joke

RT Convicted fraudster and former pharmaceuticals company CEO Martin Shkreli, once dubbed the “most hated man in America,” is headed to jail after having his bail revoked over a Facebook post in which he offered $5,000 for a strand of … Continue reading

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