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Sailor from California killed in battle against Islamic State

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WASHINGTON -- A roadside bomb explosion in northern Iraq killed a 34-year-old Navy sailor from California, the Pentagon said Friday, in the first U.S. casualty in the Iraqi-led offensive to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State.

Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan of Anaheim died Thursday after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive ...Read more

Indiana State Police chief reports cases of voter fraud

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Indiana's top cop suggested Friday that investigators had uncovered many instances of voter fraud in the state, an allegation that adds fuel to a fiery debate over whether elections are "rigged" and subject to abuse.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter said in a local TV interview that Gov. Mike Pence "absolutely did not misspeak...Read more

Report: Russian helicopter crash kills 19

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MOSCOW -- Nineteen people have been killed and three more are injured after a Russian military helicopter crash-landed in the country's northern Yamal region, news agency TASS reported Saturday, citing an unnamed local enforcement official.

"Rescuers that arrived at the site have entered the damaged helicopter, where they found three people in ...Read more

Former Mexican police chief arrested in disappearance of 43 students

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities said they hope the arrest of a former police chief who had been a fugitive for more than two years will help them solve one of the country's most notorious human rights cases: the disappearance and presumed murder of 43 students.

Felipe Flores Velazquez was arrested Friday in Iguala, the town in Guerrero state...Read more

Florida man accused of demanding payment to take down sex videos from websites

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- During their four-year relationship, a Palm Beach County woman and her boyfriend recorded videos of themselves having sex. After their 2010 breakup, the woman assumed their private recordings would remain just that -- private.

He had other ideas, police say.

Over the summer the woman discovered one of the sex videos ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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UC Berkeley fraternities suspend social events after sexual assault reports

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Leaders of the University of California, Berkeley's Greek system have taken the unusual step of suspending social activities in the wake of reports that two students were sexually assaulted at fraternity parties last weekend.

Calling the incidents "...Read more

Mexico arrests fugitive police chief linked to missing students

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities Friday detained a fugitive police chief who is a key figure in the 2014 disappearance of 43 students.

Federal police and marines arrested Felipe Flores, the former police chief of Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero after a two-year manhunt, the Public Security ministry said.

The arrest is a major ...Read more

UC Berkeley fraternities suspend social events after sexual assault reports

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Leaders of the University of California, Berkeley's Greek system have taken the unusual step of suspending social activities in the wake of reports that two students were sexually assaulted at fraternity parties last weekend.

Calling the incidents "vile and unjust," the campuswide fraternity council announced the decision ...Read more

Poll: Trump, Clinton are neck and neck in Georgia

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ATLANTA -- The presidential race in Georgia could come down to the wire.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Friday shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are deadlocked with less than three weeks until Election Day. Trump is leading Clinton 44 percent to 42 percent among likely Georgia voters, which is within the poll's margin of ...Read more

Mixed chemicals caused evacuation, road closures in Atchison

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A chemical leak at an Atchison, Kan., plant on Friday morning was created by an "inadvertent" mixture of sodium hypocholorite and sulfuric acid, city manager Trey Cocking said Friday afternoon.

The leak was reported shortly after 8 a.m. local time on Friday morning, created a dangerous fog and led to a number of evacuations....Read more

A year after passing on a presidential run, Biden is a determined Trump foe nonetheless

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Exactly one year ago, Vice President Joe Biden announced he would not run for president. But if there were any thought he might not inject himself into the campaign with typical vigor, he's put it to rest with a campaign schedule on behalf of Hillary Clinton and Democratic Senate candidates as busy as anyone's.

But that doesn't mean he's happy ...Read more

Anger grows as Venezuela blocks effort to recall president

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- In what critics blasted as the latest efforts of an embattled government to quash dissent, Venezuela's electoral council derailed efforts to recall President Nicolas Maduro, and a judge ordered eight prominent opposition leaders not to leave the country, a move that could presage their arrests.

Dissatisfaction with Maduro'...Read more

Clinton's WikiLeaks strategy: doubt, delay, distract

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The emails are full of potential damage for Hillary Clinton. She weighed the political implications of policies. She is close to Wall Street. Her aides gathered information to discredit a woman who'd accused her husband of rape.

So how has she so far remained largely unscathed by the unprecedented release of hacked emails? It's...Read more

'The world hates us,' Trump tells Pa. crowd

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- In the same arena where the 1977 film "Slap Shot" once satirized the violence of hockey, Republican Donald Trump gave a typically bare-fisted speech, taking on his rivals, the media and President Barack Obama.

"The world hates our president. The world hates us," said Trump before a crowd of at least 4,000 people at the Cambria...Read more

2 officers in Jamar Clark shooting will not face discipline

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minneapolis police officers involved in the November 2015 fatal shooting of Jamar Clark will not face discipline because an internal investigation found they did not violate department policy.

"I have concluded these officers did not dictate the outcome of this incident. This was an outcome no one wanted," Police Chief Janee ...Read more

Pennsylvania's State System reaches tentative contract settlement with faculty

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PITTSBURGH -- Labor and management reached a tentative agreement Friday to end the first faculty strike in the history of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities, a deal that could lead to resumption of classes no later than Monday.

Details of the apparent accord were not immediately available Friday afternoon, but plans to brief union ...Read more

Former Calif. state senator gets 42-month sentence for corruption

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Former California state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon was sentenced in Los Angeles on Friday to 42 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in a federal corruption case.

The Montebello Democrat, who served in the state Senate for eight years ending in 2014, admitted in a plea deal in June that he accepted tens of thousands of ...Read more

Wild monkeys make sharp stones that look like human tools, study finds

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It does not pay to underestimate a monkey with a rock. Scientists studying the stone-smashing habits of bearded capuchin monkeys in Brazil have found that the primates inadvertently produce stone flakes that look very similar to the flakes used as cutting tools by early humans.

The findings, published in the journal Nature, could throw a new ...Read more

Political news briefs

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Trump tries a surprising new tack: confronting the possibility of an election loss

FLETCHER, N.C. -- Donald Trump looked out at a sea of supporters inside an airy exhibition center Friday and noted the pink "Women for Trump" signs.

He mentioned the size of the crowd, which was smaller than usual but still substantial, and accused the media of ...Read more

NASA satellite spots remains of Mars lander

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A NASA satellite in orbit around Mars appears to have spotted the remains of a European probe that crash-landed on the Red Planet on Wednesday.

New pictures taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a large, dark elliptical spot on the Martian surface that was probably made by the European Space Agency's Schiaparelli lander, NASA said ...Read more