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Hundreds protest gas pipeline in Florida over health & environment risks

RT Hundreds of people protested in northern Florida on Saturday against the Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline project, saying seepage from the pipeline could threaten the freshwater supply, as well as the environment. The natural gas pipeline is to run 829 … Continue reading

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Oman says it accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay detainees

Mail.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman said Monday it accepted 10 detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he promised to close. … Continue reading

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Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive

Mail.com WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged … Continue reading

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Chicago police officer fatally shoots fleeing gunman

Mail.com CHICAGO (AP) — A police officer confronted by a fleeing gunman suspected of shooting three people fatally shot the man early Sunday, Chicago police said. Officers were on routine patrol in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s … Continue reading

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Robot kill switches & legal status: MEPs endorse AI proposal

RT A European Parliament committee has voted in favor of a draft report that proposes granting legal status to robots, categorizing them as “electronic persons”. The draft report, approved by 17 votes to two and two abstentions by the European … Continue reading

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Central Illinois man files lawsuit over flag-burning arrest

Mail.com CHICAGO (AP) — A 22-year-old central Illinois man who was arrested and detained after posting online pictures of himself burning an American flag has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have the state’s flag desecration law declared unconstitutional. Such … Continue reading

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US military: November fight with Taliban killed 33 civilians

Mail.com KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military in Afghanistan said on Thursday that its investigation into a November firefight with the Taliban in northern Kunduz province has shown that 33 civilians died in the raid during which U.S. troops … Continue reading

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3 charged with helping fugitive before officer’s killing

Mail.com ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Law enforcement officers made good on promises to go after people they think aided a fugitive in the weeks before he became the focus of a manhunt in the fatal shooting of an Orlando police … Continue reading

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Volkswagen to pay US $4.3 billion to settle diesel debacle

RT German carmaker Volkswagen has negotiated a $4.3 billion draft deal with US authorities to resolve the so-called defeat device emissions scandal, according to a company statement. The settlement involves pleading guilty to certain civil and criminal charges, as Volkswagen … Continue reading

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Bye-bye, euro: France’s Macron says European currency may vanish in 10 years

RT The European currency may cease to exist in 10 years without significant economic reforms, mainly by France and Germany, according to French presidential candidate and former economy minister Emmanuel Macron. “The truth is that we must collectively recognize that … Continue reading

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Convicted killer of 2 in Fort Worth set to die Wednesday

Mail.com HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Lawyers for a Texas death row inmate who killed two men after one of them mocked him for falling for a fake drug deal are looking to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep him from … Continue reading

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Top Iraqi commander: Mosul could be liberated in 3 months

Mail.com IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A top Iraqi commander told The Associated Press that the operation to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group could be complete in three months or less. “It’s possible” that Mosul will … Continue reading

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51 inmates refuse orders to return to cells at Massachusetts max security prison

RT Prisoners defying orders to return to their cells have caused the evacuation of correctional officers from a unit of Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts. Crisis negotiators engaged, and no injuries were reported. On Monday, police … Continue reading

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Roof’s fate soon will rest in hands of 12 federal jurors

Mail.com CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The assault on Emanuel AME Church left a total of 12 victims: Nine who were killed that June night and three who survived the hail of bullets in the basement of the beautiful, historic structure … Continue reading

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Policeman suspended but not fired after video incident

Mail.com DALLAS (AP) — A white Texas policeman was suspended without pay for 10 days, but will not be fired, after an incident in which he was caught on video wrestling a black woman and her daughter to the ground, … Continue reading

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Orlando mourns deaths of 2 law enforcement officers

Mail.com ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando’s law enforcement community is mourning the fatal shooting of an Orlando Police Department sergeant who was killed as she approached a fugitive outside a Wal-Mart store and an Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy who … Continue reading

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Assad on Syria peace talks: ‘We’re ready to discuss anything, but who will be on other side?’

RT The problem with the upcoming Syria peace talks is whether “the real opposition” will be represented, Syrian President Bashar Assad told French media, following a visit by French MPs to the liberated city of Aleppo. Assad said that a … Continue reading

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‘Bust of the year’: Texas cops mistake kitty litter for meth, hold suspect for 3 days

RT A man arrested in the biggest “drug bust of the year” in Harris County, Texas, has been cleared after police realized it was kitty litter and not methamphetamine that they had arrested him for. Police had pulled Ross LeBeau … Continue reading

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State GOP wary as Republicans push repeal of health law

Mail.com ATLANTA (AP) — Congressional Republicans’ drive to repeal the 2010 health care law has financial and political repercussions for GOP leaders in the states and gives Democrats potential openings as they struggle to reclaim power lost during President Barack … Continue reading

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Castle attack exposes Jordan’s vulnerability to IS threat

Mail.com KARAK, Jordan (AP) — Bullet marks on the thick walls of a Crusader fortress and shattered windows of nearby tourist restaurants — damage from a recent shooting rampage — bear witness to Jordan’s vulnerability to attacks by Islamic extremists. … Continue reading

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