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The Latest: Pro-secession Catalan groups call more protests

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Catalonia's leader has threatened to explicitly declare independence from Spain if no talks are offered and central authorities follow through on a threat to take control of the region's semi-autonomous powers. More>>

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China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control

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China's ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs on the eve of President Xi Jinping's second five-year term as leader. More>>

5 months of Marawi siege reveals Philippine city in ruins

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The Philippine military says a top Malaysian militant is believed to be among 13 Islamic State group-linked fighters killed overnight in clashes in Marawi. More>>

As US warns of Cuba attacks, tourists ask: Were we hit, too?

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Chris Allen's mysterious illness on a private 2014 visit to Havana illustrates how profoundly damaging the Cuba mystery has been for two long-estranged neighbors that only recently sought to patch up their relationship. More>>

Spain ready to revoke Catalan autonomy amid independence bid

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Catalonia's separatist leader is facing an imminent deadline to withdraw a bid to secede from Spain. More>>

Texas man's execution halted amid alleged confession scheme

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A convicted sex offender who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of the way he strangled his multiple victims is set for execution Wednesday. More>>

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

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How's that? Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance, experts say. More>>

Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

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The many thousands who lost their houses, condos and apartments in wildfires burning in Northern California will not only have to find or build a new place to live. They'll have to do it in one of the toughest housing markets in the nation. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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Among 10 Things to Know: Tourists now questioning invisible attacks in Cuba; Trump's political brawl over fallen soldiers contrasts with Memorial Day tribute; Spain calls Cabinet meeting after Catalan leader's independence threat. More>>

Police capture shooter they say targeted 6 people he knew

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A multistate manhunt that kept the Mid-Atlantic region on alert for more than 10 hours ended when officers on foot chased down a man they say shot six people, killing three, in two separate shootings. More>>

Cubs avoid sweep, top Dodgers 3-2 to cut NLCS deficit to 3-1

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Javier Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and the Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series. More>>

Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic trading partner

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President Donald Trump keeps kicking major policy issues over to Congress, but proves an erratic partner. More>>

Trump remarks on Kelly contrast with quiet tribute to son

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President Donald Trump's political brawl over his role as consoler-in-chief is a remarkable contrast with his Memorial Day tribute to U.S. personnel lost to war. More>>

Country stars honor shooting victims at CMT Artists show

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Country singer Jason Aldean and other stars honored victims of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas instead of handing out awards at the CMT Artists of the Year show. More>>

Study: Lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital media

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A survey finds that children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV or using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes. More>>

Oil company proposes Arctic drilling from artificial island

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The federal government is collecting public comment on a proposal to drill in Arctic waters from an artificial island. More>>

Sessions defends Comey firing, dodges questions on Trump

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for questioning about his oversight of the Justice Department. Wednesday's hearing is Sessions' first appearance before the committee since his January confirmation. More>>

Trump says Comey knew he was going to exonerate Clinton

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President Donald Trump is again tweeting about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. More>>

Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS

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Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series. More>>

Solace or silence? Not all families of fallen get Trump call

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More than a half-dozen people whose relatives died in military service since Donald Trump became president say they never got a call from him. More>>

The Latest: Governors urge Congress to back health subsidies

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Sen. Lamar Alexander says President Donald Trump called him Wednesday "to be encouraging" of bipartisan efforts to come up with a plan to stabilize health insurance premiums after Trump stopped them. More>>

Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period

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Uncertainty and confusion are mounting as millions of Americans prepare to select health insurance policies when the new open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act begins on Nov. 1. More>>

GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

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A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is on shaky ground. More>>

Collins: Trump should back effort to resume health subsidy

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A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to support a bipartisan Senate effort to reinstate insurer payments. More>>

Obama returns to campaign trail for Dems in governor's races

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Former President Barack Obama is returning to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they gear up for next month's elections. More>>

Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier's grieving family

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Trump and the new politics of honoring families of the fallen. More>>

Corporations to keep tax break lost by millions of Americans

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Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump's sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it. More>>

The Latest: Trump denies disrespecting grieving family

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President Donald Trump is continuing to reject a Florida congresswoman's account that he told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that her husband "knew what he signed up for.". More>>

Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way

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Emory University officials say letters from a young Barack Obama to a girlfriend show a young man trying to figure out his place in the world. More>>

Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy

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The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem. More>>

Suspect in Maryland office park shooting is apprehended

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A sheriff's office in northeastern Maryland says it is on the scene of a shooting at an office park. More>>

Site of Amazon's HQ2 has much to learn from Seattle

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Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas. More>>

Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

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Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment on its platform, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was "still" not doing enough to protect its users. More>>

Correction: Self-Driving Cars Report story

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A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl. More>>

UN, US failed to prevent 'ethnic cleansing' in South Sudan

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Despite warnings from officials and pleas from residents, UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan, especially in the Yei region. More>>

US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS

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Spokesman: US-backed forces removing land mines, clearing roads in Raqqa, a day after taking it from IS. More>>

Bootleg Libyan oil, shady havens: Slain reporter's beats

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On tiny Malta, slain reporter had no shortage of international intrigue to probe. More>>

Gymnast McKayla Maroney alleges sexual abuse by team doctor

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Gold medal-winning gymnast McKayla Maroney says she was molested by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar from the time she was 13 to her retirement from the sport last year. More>>

Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, has died

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Gord Downie, the revered lead singer and songwriter of iconic Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, has died. More>>

Russian TV star Sobchak declares her presidential bid

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Famous Russian TV host Ksenia Sobchak has declared herself a candidate for Russia's presidential race. More>>

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Among 10 Things to Know: Trump defending himself against new controversy; Dow closes above 23,000 for first time; Obama returning to campaign trail. More>>

Are insurers 'enriched' by Obama health law, as Trump says?

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Are insurers 'enriched' by Obama health law, as Trump says?. More>>

Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS

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Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series. More>>

Man convicted in plot to behead blogger over cartoon contest

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Jurors are set to resume deliberations in the case of a man accused of plotting to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller on behalf of the Islamic State group. More>>

Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS

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Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series. More>>

Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS

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Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series. More>>

Discovery Channel revives 'American Chopper' after 5 years

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"American Chopper" will return to the Discovery Channel next year, five years after its first run on the network ended. More>>

Democrats slam GOP budget on taxes, health care cuts

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Senate Democrats are targeting Republicans on taxes and health care cuts, seeking to inflict political pain as the Senate moves ahead on a $4 trillion budget blueprint that's a crucial step in the GOP's drive to rewrite the tax code. More>>

Some flowers create blue halo to say hello to foraging bees

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Scientists say some flowers produce a blue halo, apparently to catch the attention of foraging bees. More>>

Obama to campaign in NJ, Virginia governor races

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Former President Barack Obama returning to political life as he campaigns in New Jersey and Virginia for Democratic gubernatorial candidates. More>>

The Latest: Sessions won't say if he'll jail journalists

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defending the Trump administration's travel ban as an important tool in fighting terrorism. More>>

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

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In a coordinated look at one of the universe's most violent acts, astronomers hit the gold mine of science and even figure out the cosmic origins of gold. More>>

In Egypt, archaeologists find part of 4,000-year-old statue

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Egyptian archaeologists uncover part of 4,000-year-old wooden statue likely depicting female regent from that era. More>>

What cosmic crash confirmed: Einstein was as good as gold

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The best ever view of two neutron stars crashing confirmed several theories that had not yet been proven. More>>

Poll: Big partisan gap in views on gender equality in the US

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A new Pew Research Center survey shows Republicans and Democrats have sharply different views on the state of gender equality in the United States. More>>

Mike Pence's brother launches run for Indiana US House seat

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Greg Pence, one of Vice President's Mike Pence's older brothers, files document indicating run for Congress in Indiana. More>>

Judge: Newest travel ban 'same maladies' as previous version

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A U.S. judge has blocked the third version of a travel ban issued by President Donald Trump this year. More>>

Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

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Former hostage Joshua Boyle says his wife had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there. More>>

IRS still enforcing Obama-era insurance mandate

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Contrary to widespread perceptions, IRS still enforcing Obama-era insurance requirement. More>>

Puerto Rico governor and Trump to meet at White House

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Trump and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello to discuss hurricane recovery, rebuilding on the island. More>>

Trump: Lawmaker 'fabricated' account of his talk with widow

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A Florida congresswoman says President Donald Trump told the widow of a slain soldier that he 'knew what he signed up for'. More>>

Judge HR sparks NY, Yanks beat Astros 6-4 to even ALCS at 2

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Aaron Judge ignited a rousing rally with a home run, then doubled during a four-run eighth inning to spur the unflappable New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 6-4 and tie their AL Championship Series 2-2. More>>

Dodgers close in on World Series with 6-1 win over Cubs

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Almost There: Dodgers beat Cubs 6-1 for 3-0 NLCS lead, just 1 win from first World Series since 1988. More>>

Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against 'grim' challenges

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its national congress on Wednesday. More>>

Trump: US faces 'once in a lifetime opportunity' on taxes

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President Donald Trump says the nation faces a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to overhaul the tax system during a White House meeting with a group of senators. More>>

As congressional investigations wear on, some eye a finish

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As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when _ and how _ the probes will end. More>>

Portuguese minister resigns over 106 wildfire deaths

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The Portuguese government minister in charge of emergency services has resigned after 106 people were killed in wildfires this year. More>>

Book's challenge: Can you do squats like Justice Ginsburg?

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Personal trainer Bryant Johnson has been working out 84-year-old Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for years. In a book out Wednesday, he details her workout regimen. More>>

Judge halts newest Trump travel ban, saying it has same woes

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A judge in Hawaii has blocked the latest version of the Trump administration travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect. More>>

Pink diamond that was a French crown jewel to be auctioned

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Christie's says it will put under the hammer a legendary 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to French rulers including King Louis XIV and Emperor Napoleon for the first time in 130 years. More>>

UN judges to deliver verdicts next month in Mladic trial

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A U.N. war crimes tribunal will deliver its verdicts next month in the long-running trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic. More>>

Weinstein's film academy ouster raises concerns about others

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Film academy will not be 'inquisitorial court,' president says in memo to members. More>>

NFL players, owners hold talks on social issues Video included

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was confronted by two protesters before the NFL's annual fall meetings. He listened, said nothing, and the protesters were peacefully led away. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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Among 10 Things to Know: US congresswoman: Trump says fallen soldier 'knew what he signed up for'; Al-Qaida in Syria set to gain as Islamic State group disintegrates; Judge in Hawaii blocks revised Trump travel ban. More>>

Trump warns 'I fight back' after McCain hits foreign policy

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President Donald Trump is issuing a warning shot after Arizona Sen. John McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy during a Monday night speech in Philadelphia. More>>

Spanish premier urges Catalan secession leaders to back down

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Some 50 Spanish and Catalan party lawmakers have held up posters in parliament demanding the release of two pro-Catalonia independence movement leaders, describing them as political prisoners. More>>

Showrunner alleges sexual harassment by Bob Weinstein

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Spike network is investigating reports of sexual harassment by the brother of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein against the female showrunner of a series produced by The Weinstein Co. and aired on Spike. More>>

CIA watchdog nominee scolded for lack of preparation

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President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog is telling Congress that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report. More>>

DA who dropped Weinstein case rethinking campaign donations

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The Manhattan district attorney who declined to charge Harvey Weinstein in a 2015 sexual abuse case says he has stopped taking campaign donations pending a review by an outside ethics group. More>>

Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn't called all families

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Trump stirs a nest by claiming predecessors did not sufficiently honor military dead, draws heated responses. More>>

Amnesty: Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya Video included

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Thousands more Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh where more than half a million others are already living in camps to escape large-scale violence. More>>

Catalans protest sedition case, court declares vote illegal

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Spain's northeastern Catalonia is bracing itself for a fresh round of protests after two leaders of the region's powerful pro-independence movement were jailed in a sedition probe. More>>

A short-term health deal by senators _ but Trump a question

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Two leading senators say they have the "basic outlines" of a bipartisan deal to resume payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. More>>

Senate moves ahead on GOP budget that's key to taxes

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The Senate has moved forward on a GOP budget plan that's a critical step in the party's drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code. More>>

Californians head back home to altered lives, communities Video included

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A week after fleeing in fear of wildfire, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighborhoods, facing damage both physical and emotional. More>>

Bannon boosts Flake challenger, snubs Trump plea to back off

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The political action committee affiliated with former presidential strategist Steve Bannon is endorsing state Sen. Kelli Ward over Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake. More>>

Iraqi gov't assumes control after Kurds leave disputed areas

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Iraq's Kurdish fighters have lost more territory in Iraq, a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. More>>

Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

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Former hostage Joshua Boyle says his wife Caitlan had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there. More>>

US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS 'capital,' Raqqa

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US -backed forces battling IS in Syria take hospital in Raqqa, leaving militants cornered in and around the city stadium. More>>

In Somalia, hope fades in desperate search for missing

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US military plane lands in Somalia with aid after country's deadliest attack; 302 killed. More>>

Witherspoon reveals Hollywood assault; Lawrence talks abuse

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Jennifer Lawrence says she was asked early on in her career to lose 15 pounds in two weeks for a role and was forced to pose nude alongside thinner women for photos that she says a female producer told her would serve as inspiration for her diet. More>>

Court agrees to take on US-Microsoft dispute over emails

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The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad. More>>

After IS collapse in Raqqa, US faces other extremism threats

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The U.S. military says the Syrian city of Raqqa is about 90 percent cleared of Islamic State fighters. More>>

NTSB: Balloon crash pilot was as impaired as a drunk driver

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Federal investigators say the pilot in a Texas hot air balloon crash that killed 16 people took off with opioids and sedatives in his system that likely contributed to ignored weather warnings and flying into a power line. More>>

Files reveal details of US support for Indonesian massacre

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Declassified files have revealed new details of U.S. government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s. More>>

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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Among 10 Things to Know for Wednesday:. More>>

The Latest: Senators announce plan for insurance markets

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A leading Republican senator says he and a top Democrat have reached an agreement on a plan to extend federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. More>>

Appeals court tosses $72 million award in talcum powder case

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A Missouri appeals court has thrown out a $72 million verdict awarded to a woman who claimed baby powder and other Johnson & Johnson products contributed to her ovarian cancer. More>>

UK intelligence chief says terror threat is worst of career

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Britain's domestic intelligence chief says the country is facing the worst terrorist threat he's seen his 34-year career. More>>

Passenger says Delta crew stopped her from singing anthem

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Passenger says Delta crew stopped her plan to honor a fallen soldier by singing anthem aboard flight. More>>

Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration

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President Donald Trump says the Pennsylvania congressman he chose to be the nation's drug czar is withdrawing from consideration. More>>

George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins Booker prize

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American author George Saunders is bookmakers' favorite to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with his novel of the afterlife, "Lincoln in the Bardo.". More>>

Bergdahl: Trump has reaffirmed criticism, tainting case

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Bowe Bergdahl says President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his criticism of the soldier _ preventing him from receiving a fair sentence on charges he endangered comrades in Afghanistan. More>>

The Latest: UN says Raqqa liberation from IS is game changer

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The Latest: Spokesman for US-backed Syrian force says city of Raqqa has been liberated from Islamic State militants. More>>

Israel says no talks if Hamas in Palestinian government

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Israel has announced it will not negotiate with a Palestinian government consisting of the militant group that rules Gaza, further complicating a reconciliation process between the rival Palestinian groups. More>>

Foreign experts to help Malta investigate reporter's killing

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Malta has appealed to the FBI and European forensic experts to help in the investigation of the car bomb killing of its leading investigative journalist. More>>

Deadly fires ease, anger grows over Iberia's 45 fire deaths

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Lower temperatures and rainfall in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula is aiding emergency teams in Portugal and Spain fighting fires that killed nearly 40 people over the weekend. More>>

Questions and answers about Colin Kaepernick's grievance

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It still isn't enough for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback to win the grievance he filed against the NFL on Sunday. More>>

The Latest: 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins Man Booker Prize

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American author George Saunders has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with "Lincoln in the Bardo," a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife. More>>

Cochran's illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate

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Top Republicans already coping with a razor-thin majority also have an aging Senate. More>>

The Latest: Iraqi PM calls for dialogue after Kirkuk

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The Latest: Thousands of civilians stream back to Kirkuk, day after fleeing as Iraqi troops pushed Kurdish forces out. More>>

325-pound woman charged with killing girl by sitting on her

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Authorities say a 325-pound Florida woman has been charged with killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on the child as punishment. More>>

Taliban launch wave of attacks in Afghanistan, kill 74

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Taliban wave of attacks across Afghanistan targets police compounds, government facilities, killing at least 34 people. More>>

Look who's talking: It's President Donald Trump - again

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President Trump's last-minute Rose Garden scrum is an example of his preference for talking to reporters on the fly. More>>

Trump returns favor by campaigning for an early supporter

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President Donald Trump is in South Carolina Monday, hoping his stumping for Gov. Henry McMaster's re-election fares better than it did in Alabama, where Trump's chosen candidate lost the GOP primary. More>>

Philippine military pushes to defeat last Marawi fighters

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Gunfire rang out and explosions thudded as Philippine soldiers fought to gain control of the last pocket of Marawi controlled by Islamic militants as Duterte declared the city liberated. More>>

Ophelia batters UK after pummeling Ireland, leaves 3 dead

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Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and Northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland. More>>

Judge, Sabathia help Yankees beat Astros 8-1, trail ALCS 2-1

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Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer and a made pair of sparkling catches, leading CC Sabathia and the Yankees over the Houston Astros 8-1 and cutting New York's deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series. More>>

NYC 'remains a target,' FBI says after bombing conviction

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A jury that says it's close to a verdict will resume deliberating the fate of a man charged with setting off a bomb in Manhattan last year that injured 30 people. More>>

911 calls on nursing home dying: 'Oh my God, this is crazy'

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Emergency calls from sweltering Florida nursing home show staff increasingly agitated after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning _ a disaster that ultimately claimed 14 elderly lives. More>>

Trump, McConnell make a show of unity, despite tensions

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President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appear together to laud their relationship and claim they are unified in support of a joint GOP agenda. More>>

China's Xi looks to extend power at Communist Party congress

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its national congress on Wednesday. More>>

Bomb kills journalist who exposed Malta's ties to tax havens

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Malta's prime minister says a car bomb has killed an investigative journalist on the island nation. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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Among 10 Things to Know: In Syria's Raqqa, IS makes last stand at city's stadium; With hashtag 'Me Too,' Alyssa Milano elevates Harvey Weinstein conversation; US tech giants may find their future shaped by Europe. More>>

Weinstein Co., overwhelmed by backlash, may be up for sale

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The Weinstein Co., mired in a sex scandal, may be putting itself up for sale. More>>

Austria's Sebastian Kurz preaches change, faces challenges

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Young, dynamic and preaching renewal, Austria's next likely leader is already inviting comparisons with French President Emanuel Macron. But while Macron is making good on promises of change, politics could remain business as usual under Sebastian Kurz. More>>

White House: $4,000 more for families with business tax cuts

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Trump's chief economist says plan to cut corporate tax rates will cause average household incomes to jump $4,000 a year. More>>

Court jails 2 Catalan independence leaders in sedition probe

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Catalonia's leader hasn't clarified whether he declared independence from Spain in a letter to the central government and has renewed a call for dialogue. More>>

Iraqi forces push into disputed Kirkuk as Kurds withdraw

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Iraqi Kurdish officials say federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a "major, multi-pronged" attack aimed at retaking the disputed northern city of Kirkuk. More>>

Trump, McConnell: No matter what people say, we're friends Video included

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There will be a chill in the air when Trump and McConnell sit down for lunch. More>>

Somalia truck bombing toll over 300, scores remain missing Video included

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Funerals begin as Somalia bombing toll reaches 276; critically injured are airlifted to Turkey. More>>

McCain condemns 'half-baked, spurious nationalism' in speech

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US Sen. John McCain is this year's recipient of the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal. More>>

The Latest: Iraqi forces seize oil fields in Kirkuk

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An Iraqi Kurdish commander says federal forces have seized an oil and gas company and other industrial areas south of Kirkuk in fighting with Kurdish forces that caused "lots of casualties.". More>>

Trump says predecessors didn't honor fallen; response heated

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Trump stirs a nest by claiming predecessors did not sufficiently honor military dead. More>>

North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out any moment'

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North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador says the situation on the Korean peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.". More>>

Houses spared by massive fires bring joy and sense of loss Video included

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With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. More>>

Venezuela opposition looks for answers after election loss

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Venezuela's National Electoral Council proclaimed candidates with the socialist movement founded by the late President Hugo Chavez won a vast majority of the 23 governorships up for grabs in Sunday's regional election. More>>

Goodell, union, players to meet on social issues and anthem

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Goodell, team owners, union, players to meet on social issues and anthem on Tuesday. More>>

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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Among 10 Things to Know for Tuesday: Why Trump may withdraw support of drug czar; What astronomers are calling 'The most spectacular fireworks in the universe.'. More>>

Las Vegas tourism sees changes in aftermath of shooting

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The Las Vegas tourism sector is bracing for changes in the aftermath of the massacre that killed 58 people at an outdoor music festival. More>>

Driver of deadly immigrant smuggling run pleads guilty

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The driver of a semitrailer packed with almost at least 39 immigrants, 10 of whom died, has pleaded guilty to making the deadly smuggling run. More>>

Trump: Cuba 'is responsible' for attacks on US personnel

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President Donald Trump says he believes Cuba "is responsible" for attacks on American government personnel in Havana. More>>

The Latest: White House condemns Somalia bombing

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President Donald Trump is assailing Democrats as he continues to lobby for his tax overhaul plan. More>>

Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleads guilty to deserting his post Video included

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty Monday to charges that he endangered comrades by walking away from a remote post in Afghanistan in 2009. More>>

Correction: Las Vegas Shooting story Video included

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Nearly two weeks after one of the most horrific crimes in U.S. history, authorities have yet to sort out the basic facts surrounding the case of a high-stakes video poker player who murdered 58 people from his high-rise hotel room in Las Vegas. More>>

The Latest: Judge accepts Bergdahl's guilty pleas Video included

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty Monday to charges that he endangered comrades by walking away from a remote post in Afghanistan in 2009. More>>

Portugal wildfires kill at least 35; 4 dead in Spain

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Authorities in Spain and Portugal say that nine people died over the weekend in hundreds of wildfires fanned by strong winds caused by a hurricane. More>>

Trump's blow to 'Obamacare' jolts health consumers, politics

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President Donald Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months. More>>

Russian cargo ship launched to International Space Station

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An unmanned Russian cargo ship has been launched to take supplies to the six astronauts aboard the International Space Station. More>>

Dodgers' dominant bullpen is baffling foes in NL playoffs

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Los Angeles' relievers have retired 24 of 25 without allowing a hit in the NL Championship Series against the Cubs. More>>

Kaepernick files grievance against NFL, alleging collusion

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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL. More>>

Ex hostage tells AP why he had kids in captivity

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Former hostage Joshua Boyle says he and his wife decided to have kids in captivity because they always planned to have a big family and decided "hey, let's make the best of this and at least go home with a larger start on our dream family.". More>>

Tillerson: US prefers diplomacy with NKorea, but has options

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis "will continue until the first bomb drops.''. More>>

Turner homers in 9th, Dodgers top Cubs 4-1 for 2-0 NLCS lead

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Justin Turner hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. More>>

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