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Japan seeks biggest-ever defense budget amid China concerns

Japan wants to buy advanced equipment with its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands.

Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

The voice of summer in Los Angeles plans to return next year. Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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GOP's tough talk doesn't square with US-China relationship

If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to talk tough on China, this was it: Spurred by the stock market's wild ride, they lashed out at the world's most populous nation. Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Dominica prime minister says 20 dead following 'Erika'

Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but it caused a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people and left another 31 missing on the small... Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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TV shooting survivor's husband recounts story before gunfire

The woman who survived the on-air shooting that killed two TV journalists says she never saw the gunman walk up to the group because the camera's bright light blinded her. Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea

Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were... Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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'North Dakota' not among potential new nicknames for UND

"North Dakota" will not be an option when people affiliated with the University of North Dakota vote on a new nickname, the school's president said Friday. Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Appeals court reverses ruling that found NSA program illegal

A federal appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans. Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Video: Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina

Former President George W. Bush returned Friday to New Orleans — the scene of one of his presidency's lowest points — to tout the region's recovery from the nation's costliest natural... Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

The CEO of adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members. Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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The Latest on TV shooting: Shopping center opens again

The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local): Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Beyond gumbo: New Orleans restaurants rebound post-Katrina

Talk to folks on the street about the "holy trinity" and you're as likely to get a lesson on onions, celery and peppers as you are Catholicism. That's New Orleans, a city where eating has long been... Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Indian and Pakistani border guards trade gunfire, 9 killed

Indian and Pakistani border guards traded gunfire in the divided region of Kashmir, leaving nine civilians dead and another 62 wounded, authorities said Friday. Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Maximum security prison provides home for abandoned cats

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Therapy and rescue combine into one program, as inmates care for cats and get unconditional love in return. Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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GOP's Walker promises to aggressively confront terrorism

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says the United States under his leadership would aggressively confront what he describes as "evil" and "radical Islamic terrorism." Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Europe's migrant crisis brings tragedy by land and sea

Rescue workers counted dozens of victims Friday from the increasingly desperate tide of humanity sweeping into Europe fleeing war, oppression and poverty. Austrian police said 71 people likely... Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Do Americans support standardized testing? It depends on how you ask the question

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Opponents of current testing requirements see opportunities and challenges in how the questions are phrased and how much information is offere with the questions. Read more »

Aug. 28, 2015

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Obama to people of New Orleans: You inspire me, and America

Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of... Read more »

Aug. 27, 2015

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Puerto Rico braces for TS Erika after 4 dead in Dominica

Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico early Friday with heavy rains and wind after killing four people and causing devastating floods in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, where several... Read more »

Aug. 27, 2015

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Ag secretary promises more sage grouse spending across West

The federal government plans to spend more than $200 million over the next three years on programs to protect greater sage grouse in Western states — regardless of whether the bird receives... Read more »

Aug. 27, 2015

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ACLU sues to block sweeping Nevada education funding program

A Nevada education funding program that's considered the nation's broadest school choice initiative attracted its first legal challenge Thursday, with three civil liberties groups saying it... Read more »

Aug. 27, 2015

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Memories, tears mark newscast a day after on-air shootings

The colleagues of two journalists shot to death on live television returned to their morning show Thursday with memories, tears and a determination to carry on. Read more »

Aug. 27, 2015

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On-air shooter threatened to make 'headlines,' showed anger

On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as two police officers walked him to the door. "You'll need this," he said. Read more »

Aug. 27, 2015

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Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal

Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general's office urged him... Read more »

Aug. 27, 2015

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Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress

Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to congressional leaders and included a report by experts it hired who found undercover videos of... Read more »

Aug. 27, 2015

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