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Doctors recount Paris terror attacks: 'This is the civil application of war medicine'

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On the morning of Friday, Nov. 13, doctors throughout Paris -- along with emergency personnel from the city's fire brigade -- held a drill to hone their response to a multiple-shooting disaster. Several hours later, when terrorists really did stage shootings and bombings throughout the city, many of those doctors at first believed it was another...Read more

E. coli in Costco chicken salad sickens 19

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SEATTLE -- At least 19 people in seven states have been sickened by E. coli poisoning linked to rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco stores, health officials reported Tuesday.

Most cases have been reported in Western states, including six in Montana, five in Utah, four in Colorado and one each in California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington...Read more

Guantanamo prison seeks supplier of up to $1 million in detainee provisions

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MIAMI -- Guantanamo prison, with 107 detainees and defense attorneys purchasing basic supplies for long-held captives, is lining up a supplier for up to $1 million in socks, shoes, orange jumpsuits and other basic prisoner provisions through the year 2020.

In early October, a dozen lawyers for some of the detainees, separately, described their ...Read more

World's largest polluters to meet on first day of climate talks

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of China and India on the opening day of talks in Paris to reach an international climate agreement, a symbolic gesture that the White House says underscores the commitment of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases to tackle rising global temperatures.

The announcement ...Read more

Government to argue in affirmative action case at Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- The United States will argue before the Supreme Court this term in support of a Texas university's affirmative action admissions process and Arizona's redistricting plan.

The justices Tuesday agreed to give the Obama administration time during oral arguments Dec. 9 in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case challenging the...Read more

Stephen Birmingham, author who chronicled the super-wealthy, dies at 86

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Author Stephen Birmingham wrote approximately 30 books, almost all of which were about the super-wealthy. And he had a good time doing so.

"I think rich people are more interesting than poor people," he told the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1984.

His biggest hit was the 1967 nonfiction "Our Crowd" about the Jewish elite in New York, but Birmingham ...Read more

Kerry meets with Israeli, Palestinian leaders amid increased violence

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JERUSALEM -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived Tuesday for separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a bid to curb the persistent wave of violence that erupted two months ago.

This is Kerry's first visit with the two leaders on their home turf in over a year since the last round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations broke down...Read more

Bromance on the Rocks: Surging Ted Cruz begins to poke Donald Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Ted Cruz's moment has arrived.

Less than 10 weeks before Iowa voters cast the first votes of the presidential campaign season in Feb. 1 caucuses, a new Quinnipiac poll shows the Texas senator statistically tied with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for the lead in the state. Perhaps not so coincidentally, Cruz is ...Read more

Turkey has a right to defend its airspace, Obama says

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama sought Tuesday to both defend a longtime NATO ally and keep the Syrian war from spiraling into an even deeper conflict after neighboring Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that it said violated its airspace.

"Turkey, like every country, has a right to defend its territory and its airspace," Obama said ...Read more

Poll: Most Americans see personal tie to rising prescription painkiller abuse

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The growing abuse of prescription painkillers now touches home for a majority of Americans, according to a poll released Tuesday.

More than 56 percent of the public say they have a personal connection to the issue, reports the latest monthly tracking poll of the Kaiser Family Foundation. That share includes those who say they know someone who ...Read more

Accused Chicago cop opened fire as teen walked away, prosecutors say

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CHICAGO -- Cook County prosecutors said in court Tuesday that a Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder opened fire six seconds after exiting his squad car as 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was walking away from him.

Officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 rounds at McDonald in about 14 seconds and was reloading when another officer told ...Read more

Post-Paris: Which candidates gain, which don't

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WASHINGTON -- Is Paris making voters think more about the commander in chief part of the job of president?

If so, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton are up.

Ben Carson, Bernie Sanders and governors are down.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in France, some voters want a candidate with a strong foreign policy resume. Others ...Read more

US economic growth revised up for third quarter, which could ease path for Fed rate hike

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace over the summer than initially estimated, a positive sign that could help convince Federal Reserve policymakers to raise a key interest rate next month.

Total economic output, also known as gross domestic product, increased at a 2.1 percent annual rate from July through September, the ...Read more

4 crew members dead after helicopter crash at Fort Hood

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HOUSTON -- Four crew members on an Army helicopter were killed when it crashed Monday evening at Fort Hood in central Texas, officials said.

The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down sometime after 5:49 p.m. in the northeastern part of the massive Army post.

Emergency crews conducted "an extensive search" and reported that all four crew ...Read more

What we know so far: Turkey shoots down a Russian Jet

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Turkey, a member of NATO, shot down a Russian fighter plane on Tuesday, creating a new diplomatic crisis over the civil war in Syria. The incident follows numerous complaints by Turkey that Russia, flying combat missions in neighboring Syria, has strayed toward Turkish airspace. Here is a summary of where things stand:

--What does Turkey say ...Read more

Western Washington University cancels classes as hate speech is investigated

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SEATTLE -- Western Washington suspended all classes Tuesday because of an alleged incident of hate speech targeting students of color.

In a message on the school's website -- and sent to members of WWU's community via email -- President Bruce Shepard said a law enforcement investigation is underway. The campus is located in Bellingham, Wash., ...Read more

Turkey shoots down Russian fighter plane

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IRBIL, Iraq -- The Turkish military Tuesday announced it shot down a Russian military aircraft near the Syrian border after it ignored multiple warnings and entered Turkish airspace, a charge Moscow immediately denied.

According to social media reports, which include videos, an Ankara-aligned Syrian rebel group captured one of the two pilots ...Read more

Teenage boy dies of Ebola in Liberia

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MONROVIA, Liberia-- A 15-year-old boy died of Ebola near the Liberian capital Monrovia on Tuesday, the Health Ministry said.

The West African country was declared free from Ebola in September.

The teen was at an Ebola treatment unit when he died, Liberia's chief medical officer and deputy health minister, Francis Kateh, said at a press ...Read more

Syrian activist warns 'disgusting ideas' about refugees will backfire

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WASHINGTON -- Kassem Eid, a Syrian opposition activist, has Washington's ear.

Since he came to the United States on a tourist visa in March 2014, he's met with administration and State Department officials. He's been in touch with Democratic and Republican members of Congress. And he's appeared before the United Nations Security Council with U....Read more

Police search for suspects who fired into crowd at Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Police were searching for three white men who allegedly fired into a crowd protesting near the Minneapolis Police Department's 4th Precinct Monday night, wounding five people.

The shootings occurred at 10:45 p.m. about a block north of the precinct station. Police said via their Twitter feed that they were searching for three ...Read more