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After a bounce, Rosetta's Philae lander serves up surprises

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Scientists with the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission may have had a scare when the Philae lander bounced off of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but the bumpy touchdown actually had a silver lining: It allowed them to take measurements in two separate spots instead of one.

Now, in a suite of papers published in the journal...Read more

Nusra Front takes credit for abducting US-trained fighters in Syria

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IRBIL, Iraq -- A Syrian group linked to al-Qaida admitted Friday that it had abducted a group of U.S.-trained Syrian rebels sent into the country to help with the ongoing international military effort to degrade the Islamic State.

In an unusual statement by the Nusra Front, which on Thursday denied that it had detained Nadim al-Hassan and ...Read more

2 female soldiers advancing to final phase of Army Ranger School

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Two of the three women trying to become the first females to complete the most difficult mental and physical training offered by the U.S. Army have moved within one step of earning the Ranger tab.

The Army announced Friday that two of the three women, who were all West Point graduates, passed the mountain phase of the patrols ...Read more

Man accused of attacking Jerusalem gay pride parade to remain in custody

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JERUSALEM -- An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man accused of stabbing participants in a gay pride parade appeared in a Jerusalem court Friday amid calls for the resignation of senior police officials for failing to keep tabs on the suspect, who was convicted of a similar attack in 2005.

Yishai Schlissel, who was released from prison just three weeks ...Read more

2 backup officers at Samuel DuBose shooting scene won't be charged

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The two University of Cincinnati police officers who arrived on the scene shortly after a white colleague fatally shot an unarmed black driver in the head will not be charged with lying about what they saw, a prosecutor announced Friday.

A grand jury indicted Officer Ray Tensing on suspicion of murder and voluntary manslaughter this week for ...Read more

Palestinian toddler killed in suspected militant Jewish settler attack

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JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian toddler was burned to death and members of his family were critically wounded on Friday when their home in the West Bank was firebombed by attackers believed to be extremist Jewish settlers, the police and army said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the killing an act of terrorism, and Israeli security forces ...Read more

Palestinian toddler killed in suspected militant Jewish settler attack

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JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian toddler was burned to death and members of his family were critically wounded on Friday when their home in the West Bank was firebombed by attackers believed to be extremist Jewish settlers, the police and army said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the killing an act of terrorism, and Israeli security forces ...Read more

Coast Guard to suspend search for missing teen boaters

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OPA-LOCKA, Fla. -- The Coast Guard announced on Friday afternoon that at sunset Friday it will suspend the search for the two missing teenage boaters, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen.

During a news conference at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, in Opa-locka, Capt. Mark Fedor told reporters that the agency's "active and open search" would last ...Read more

Hillary Clinton takes a shot at Jeb Bush on race in front of black activists

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The heavyweights of the crowded 2016 presidential field, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, laid out starkly different visions Friday for uplifting the plight of blacks in America, as the two appeared at the same event for the first time since they announced their runs for office.

Each came to the annual conference of...Read more

As cyberattacks mount, Pentagon looks for ways to retaliate

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WASHINGTON -- A barrage of cyberattacks on government agencies, blue-chip companies and critical infrastructure has prompted Pentagon officials to take a hard look at adapting the military concept that helped keep the world safe from nuclear bombings during the Cold War to the digital battlefield of the 21st century.

Mutually assured ...Read more

Obama seeks support for Iran deal by reminding allies of war in Iraq

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WASHINGTON -- Facing a well-financed opposition and a history of late-summer woes, President Barack Obama and liberal supporters are trying to enlist activists and everyday voters alike in a major campaign behind his landmark nuclear accord with Iran, framing it as the best chance to avoid a new Mideast war.

Obama previewed the argument ...Read more

First plane debris, then a volcano eruption on remote Reunion Island

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BEIJING -- Residents of Reunion Island are having a busy week.

On Wednesday, beachcombers on the island -- a French territory in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar -- stumbled across a washed-up piece of plane debris that likely belonged to missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, yielding a possible key to one of the greatest mysteries in ...Read more

Afghan Taliban announces new leader

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Taliban on Friday formally announced their new leader, saying he had been running the insurgent group's operations for years in the absence of former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The new leader, Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, served as military aviation chief when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. He was Omar'...Read more

Zimbabwe wants extradition of US dentist who killed Cecil the lion

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HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe is applying for the extradition of a U.S. dentist who illegally killed a famous lion in the southern African nation, officials said Friday.

The killing of Cecil, a wild lion in Zimbabwe popular with locals and tourists, was met by global outrage.

Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer went into hiding after he was ...Read more

4 Indians missing in Libya; suspicion falls on Islamic State

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MUMBAI, India -- The Indian government said Friday that four of its citizens had been abducted in Libya from an area reportedly controlled by the Islamic State extremist group.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said the Indians went missing Thursday night in the Mediterranean port city of Sirte, the hometown of former Libyan strongman ...Read more

Taiwan students protest pro-mainland slant to history curriculum

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BEIJING -- Hundreds of Taiwanese students were locked in a standoff with authorities in Taipei on Friday after storming the national legislature and surrounding the Education Ministry in a protest over new curriculum guidelines.

Anguished by the apparent suicide of one student protest group member on Thursday, the demonstrators were demanding ...Read more

Jewish settlers suspected in arson that killed Palestinian infant

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RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Jewish extremists are suspected in an arson attack that killed a Palestinian infant and severely injured other members of the family in a village on the northern West Bank early Friday.

Graffiti in Hebrew, including the word "revenge," along with a Star of David were sprayed on the walls of the home in Douma village.

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Washington's fight over the budget might shut down the government again

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WASHINGTON -- Despite promises that it won't come to this, Congress and the White House are charging toward another government shutdown.

The next fiscal crisis could come as soon as Oct. 1 unless a new government spending plan is approved. But with House members having left Wednesday for summer recess and senators soon to follow, that leaves ...Read more

Bomber must fly through enemy airspace on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON -- No matter which company wins the new B-3 bomber deal, the program's advocates will start facing the first of many budget battles before any metal has been bent.

U.S. bomber programs have a history of political trouble. The B-1 bomber was a political football in the 1970s and 1980s. The B-2 bomber buy was curtailed from 132 down to...Read more

Analysis: What's driving the rise of Donald Trump

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Having surged to the top of the polls nationally and in the key early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Donald Trump is now the clear front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. Set against the backdrop of a conventional wisdom that held such a thing impossible, how did it happen? Why did it happen? How ...Read more