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Clinton-Trump debate could be battle of psychology as much as policy

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WASHINGTON -- Perhaps never have Americans been as familiar with both presidential nominees as they are with the two on the debate stage Monday night.

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump needs to spend much time introducing themselves to voters. Instead, they will seek to use this uninterrupted forum to sharpen attacks, provoke and knock ...Read more

Bumblebee skilled at 'buzz pollination' may soon join endangered species list

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A type of bumblebee native to North America may soon be named to the endangered species list. It would be the first bee species to be considered endangered in the United States.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week formally proposed that the Bombus affinis, or rusty patched bumblebee, be listed as endangered under the guidelines of the ...Read more

Suspect in Washington mall shooting described as socially awkward in high school

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OAK HARBOR, Wash. -- The 20-year-old Oak Harbor man being held on suspicion of shooting five people to death at the Cascade Mall was socially awkward and troubled in high school, where he was shunned for vulgar behavior and found it hard to make friends, according to people who knew him.

Arcan Cetin was arrested Saturday near his apartment and ...Read more

16-year-old cancer survivor among the dead in Washington mall shooting

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- When Evangelina Lara heard commotion at the Cascade Mall on Friday evening, she feared the worst. Her 16-year-old daughter, Sarai Lara, was inside Macy's and she could not get to her from across the mall.

Seven hours later, her fears were confirmed. Lara, a Mount Vernon High School sophomore, was one of five people killed...Read more

San Francisco police investigating possible hate crime after two tourists pepper-sprayed

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San Francisco police said they are investigating a possible hate crime after two tourists from New York were pepper-sprayed Saturday night by a group of assailants yelling homophobic slurs.

The two men, both 28, were at a fast food restaurant in the city's Fillmore District on Saturday about 7:30 p.m. when the incident began, said San Francisco...Read more

California police arrest three people in triple homicide

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- Fullerton police have arrested three people, including a 17-year-old, in connection with a triple homicide at a residence from which a teenage girl was also reported missing and considered "at risk," authorities said Sunday.

"The suspects and family are known to each other," Sgt. Jon Radus told reporters at an afternoon ...Read more

Gabriele Amorth, Roman Catholic priest known as the Vatican's exorcist, dies at 91

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He used to call himself the Vatican's exorcist, and that was a pretty apt description.

Officially, Father Gabriele Amorth performed exorcisms for the Rome Diocese. He reveled in the role and was never shy about talking about what is one of the Roman Catholic Church's most ancient, and controversial, religious rites.

"Exorcism is God's true ...Read more

Campaigns differ on whether debate moderator should challenge lies

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WASHINGTON -- Campaign managers for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton disagreed Sunday on whether the moderator of Monday night's debate, NBC's Lester Holt, should challenge false assertions by the candidates.

NBC took flak after Matt Lauer, co-anchor of "Today," questioned Trump and Clinton at a form Sept. 7.

Critics blasted Lauer for not ...Read more

Trump and Netanyahu discuss border fence, status of Jerusalem

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WASHINGTON ––Donald Trump "discussed at length Israel's successful experience with a security fence that helped secure its borders" during a meeting Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump's campaign said.

Trump's proposal to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico to confront illegal immigration has become a ...Read more

Syria monitor reports heavy civilian casualties after cease-fire collapsed

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At least 231 civilians have been killed in Syria's embattled city of Aleppo and its outskirts since a truce collapsed this last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

An air campaign by the government and allied Russia against rebels in the city was to blame, the monitoring group said.

The dead included 23 civilians killed in ...Read more

Anti-Islamist Jordanian writer shot dead

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Anti-Islamist Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, arrested last month for posting a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, was shot dead in the capital Amman Sunday, the country's state news agency Petra reported.

The attacker, who fired three bullets at the journalist outside a courthouse, has been caught by police, Petra reported without giving ...Read more

British foreign secretary says Russia may have committed war crimes in Syria

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LONDON –– British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Russia may have committed war crimes in Syria, as his government joined four other world powers in warning that patience with Moscow is wearing thin.

"They are guilty of protracting this war and making it far more hideous, and yes, I think that when it comes to instances such as the ...Read more

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

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BEIJING –– The world's largest radio telescope -- based in a mountainous region of southwest China's Guizhou province -- began exploring space in search of extraterrestrial life Sunday.

Hundreds of astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts attended the opening of the launch of the 1,640-foot Aperture Spherical Telescope, 17 years after the ...Read more