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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.

Syria blasts at school kill 22, including 10 kids

Twin car bombings near a school in Syria killed 22 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second exploding as parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a... Read more »

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Fight for growing Pentecostal vote in Brazil

Brazil's rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country's tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal... Read more »

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How politics and unrest are changing religious life in Egypt

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Mosques have long been central to political dialogue in Egypt. But over the past three years, a tug-of-war between Islamists and the military’s repressive “deep state” has turned... Read more »

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Mock, 1st female pilot to circle globe, dies at 88

Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock, the Ohio housewife who 50 years ago became the first female pilot to fly solo around the world, has died. She was 88. Read more »

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7 arrested in Greece in migrant smuggling ring

An airline pilot and a ground crew staff member were among seven people arrested in Greece on suspicion of participating in a ring smuggling migrants onto flights from the eastern Greek city of Thessaloniki to other EU countries,... Read more »

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Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings

Student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests warned that if the territory's top official doesn't resign by Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important... Read more »

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Charging documents show Phelps DUI tied to alcohol

Phelps can't seem to break a disturbing pattern. Read more »

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US Ebola case stokes concerns for Liberians in Texas

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the area's West African community whose leaders urged... Read more »

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Taliban suicide bombers kill 7 in Kabul, wound 21

Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact. Read more »

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Syria blasts at school kill 17, including 10 kids

Twin bombings near a school in central Syria killed at least 17 people on Wednesday, including 10 children, as gruesome images appeared on social media networks purported to show Kurdish fighters slain at the hands of Islamic State... Read more »

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Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the... Read more »

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Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport

Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk Wednesday, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists. Read more »

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UK drops terrorism case for ex-Guantanamo inmate

British prosecutors dropped terrorism charges Wednesday against a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is a high-profile advocate for the rights of terror suspects. Read more »

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McIlroy wins PGA Tour player of the year

Rory McIlroy has been voted the PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three years. Read more »

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Report: Obama rode elevator with armed man who had criminal convictions

Published reports say President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols. Read more »

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Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US; patient flew to Texas from Liberia

Federal health officials have confirmed that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola. Read more »

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems. Read more »

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Microsoft skips Windows 9 to emphasize advances

Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile... Read more »

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US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town... Read more »

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Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge

Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland. Read more »

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Marathon bombing suspects' sister faces NYC judge

A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on aggravated harassment charges, which her lawyer said were based on "an... Read more »

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Secret Service head takes onus for WH breach

Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the agency fell short in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a... Read more »

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Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate races

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat. Read more »

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Luck, instinct determined fates of volcano hikers

Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air. Read more »

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Iraqi Arabs claim persecution by Kurds

When Sunni militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in June, Abu Sara and his family feared their town of Taza, located some 50 kilometers southeast of the city, would inevitably be... Read more »

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