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FBI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony to root out abusers

Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked.

Pope urges Europe to open doors to refugees

Pope Francis urged Europe to open its doors to refugees Wednesday as he marked the anniversary of a deadly migrant shipwreck off Sicily by meeting with survivors and relatives of the victims. Read more »

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Student loans risk the economy

The class of 2014 graduated college with an average $33,000 in debt. Many of those freshly minted graduates did not find jobs with yearly salaries greater than their total debt, a rule of thumb for... Read more »

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More bodies found on Japanese volcano; toll now 47

One body recovered near the volcano's peak was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who... Read more »

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U.'s Sorenson Center for Global Impact Investing awarded $1.15 million 'Pay for Success' grant

The University of Utah's James Lee Sorenson Center for Global Impact Investing has been awarded a $1.15 million grant by the Corporation for National and Community Service to create a "Pay for Success" laboratory within the U.'s... Read more »

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Colorado man wants to bring gun into post office

Tab Bonidy carries a concealed pistol everywhere he goes. It offers him a sense of safety even in Avon, Colorado, a mountain town so small its lone post office doesn't offer home delivery. Read more »

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Jail ordered for Idaho man in FLDS abuse case

A member of a Utah-based polygamous sect who oversaw an Idaho home where nine boys were sent on "repentance missions" by their parents has been given jail time on child abuse charges that included... Read more »

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Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his... Read more »

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This week in history: The Congress of Vienna convenes

On Oct. 1, 1814, 200 years ago this week, the Congress of Vienna began in Europe. Dominated by the Austrian foreign minister Prince Metternich, the congress created a post-Napoleonic European order. Read more »

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Free birth control cuts teen pregnancy, abortions

Giving teens free birth control encourages them to use long-acting methods and greatly cuts the chances they will become pregnant or have an abortion, a new study finds. Read more »

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App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Read more »

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Hunting banned, tourism down in manhunt zone

For a region so dependent on tourism, the headline could scarcely be worse: A survivalist charged with ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks eludes hundreds of law enforcement officials... Read more »

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Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016

The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a... Read more »

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Man cleared in Taliban terror case suing US

Irfan Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan with a wife and two children, worked hard to realize the American dream after arriving in this country in 1994. He held jobs in South Florida as... Read more »

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IOC on Rio: 'Lot of progress' but schedule 'tight'

The head of the International Olympic Committee inspection team says that preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have made "a lot of progress" in the last six months. Read more »

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GM says parts are ready to fix recalled small cars

General Motors CEO Mary Barra told investors Wednesday that GM will rely on new models and a big push to sell more cars in China to boost profits in coming years, as the company tries to shift the... Read more »

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A decade after welcoming wind, states reconsider

A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large... Read more »

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Q&A: What are students in Colorado protesting?

A fight in Colorado over how United States' history is taught has pitted the new conservative majority on a suburban Denver school board against students and teachers who accuse the board of... Read more »

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Hong Kong protesters try to win over tourists

The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy... Read more »

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Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca

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Now the market and the homes of Mecca are gone. Monumental luxury hotel towers crowd around the Grand Mosque where the Kaaba is located, dwarfing it. Read more »

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British warplanes destroy IS targets in Iraq

British Royal Air Force warplanes flying out of a UK air base on Cyprus have destroyed four Islamic State group targets in Iraq over the last two days, the base commander said Wednesday. Read more »

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Former President Carter celebrates 90th birthday

Former President Jimmy Carter celebrated his 90th birthday Wednesday in Atlanta, blowing out three candles representing the past, present and future and thanking family and friends for their... Read more »

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Mom: Jailed Marine in Mexico suffering greatly

A Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country tried to kill himself after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution, his tearful mother told a House panel... Read more »

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Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran, civilian deaths

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed each other politely but firmly Wednesday to address areas of tension in their relationship, with U.S. president calling... Read more »

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Liberia short on ambulances for Ebola patients

The man with reddened eyes sat in his underwear outside his thatched home. He was weak from diarrhea, so his wife called the Ebola hotline for an ambulance. Now that it was here, though, he didn't... Read more »

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Team seeks anyone who encountered Ebola patient

A nine-member team of federal health officials is tracking anyone who had close contact with a man being treated for Ebola in a Dallas hospital, the director of the nation's top disease-fighting... Read more »

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