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Ann Rule, ex-police officer who became bestselling crime writer, dies at 83

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Ann Rule, the bestselling true-crime writer who once befriended serial killer Ted Bundy, has died. She was 83.

Rule, who gained national prominence for her book on Bundy, "The Stranger Beside Me," died Sunday at Highline Medical Center in Burien, Wash., according to Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. Rule suffered from ...Read more

Chelsea Clinton and Donna Shalala visit Haiti on mission to empower women

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Chelsea Clinton, who serves as vice chair of her father's philanthropic foundation, arrived in Haiti on Tuesday for a two-day visit to promote women and girls.

This was Clinton's second visit to Haiti, where the Clinton Foundation has focused some of its initiatives on women-led and -owned enterprises.

Similar to what ...Read more

T-rex and its ilk owed hunting success to special serrated teeth

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Many extinct creatures, including killer theropod dinosaurs like the notorious Tyrannosaurus rex, had serrated teeth, with jagged cutting edges to help them chew through flesh. Some years ago scientists noticed that theropods also had some unusual structures inside their teeth: interconnected cracks and voids that many thought must have been ...Read more

NATO pledges 'strong solidarity' in Turkey's fight against terrorism

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In a rare emergency meeting called by Turkey, NATO ambassadors proclaimed "strong solidarity" with Ankara in its strikes against Islamic State militants waging attacks from across the Syrian border.

The statement of the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization made no specific mention of the Islamic State group; rather, it condemned "...Read more

Rights groups criticize Obama for calling Ethiopia's election 'democratic'

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JOHANNESBURG -- As a democracy, Ethiopia is far removed from the ideal that President Barack Obama spelled out for Africa in his first trip as president to the continent in 2009.

Visiting Ghana then, Obama famously said Africa needed strong institutions, not strongmen.

Human rights groups had expressed concern about Obama's decision to become ...Read more

Libyans shrug as Gadhafi's son gets death sentence

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A court in Libya's capital on Tuesday sentenced a son of the late strongman Moammar Gadhafi and other members of his regime to death by firing squad for crimes committed during the 2011 war that toppled his father.

It was a ruling sought by millions of Libyans who rose up against Gadhafi's repressive rule, but response in Tripoli was muted, ...Read more

Jonathan Pollard, jailed spy for Israel, to be released in November

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WASHINGTON -- Former intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard, whose spying for Israel created a serious breach in U.S-Israeli relations, has been granted parole and will be released in November after serving 30 years of a life sentence, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

The impending release could remove an irritant from relations with Israel ...Read more

Failed 'compliment sandwich' got Democrat a golf date with Obama

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WASHINGTON -- A rare golf date with President Barack Obama for three U.S. House members was sparked by a 2013 meeting in which the president berated one of his golfing companions.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, invited Obama to play golf with him and two congressional colleagues after he'd challenged the president in a closed-door ...Read more

Will Congress roll over on auto safety? Major changes attached to Senate highway bill in limbo

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WASHINGTON -- Congress' ability to make broad auto safety policy changes in the 114th Congress could largely depend on whether both chambers can agree to a long-term highway bill.

That's historically been the place for sweeping changes to federal auto safety regulations, but partisan disagreement has so far left a considerable amount of ...Read more

Clinton won't take sides on Keystone but says it shouldn't be a litmus test

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NASHUA, N.H. -- The controversial Keystone XL pipeline should not be the sole litmus test by which environmental advocates judge presidential candidates, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday.

"I recognize advocates feel strongly, I respect that," Clinton said, but "I would respectfully disagree" with those who say that the Keystone project is ...Read more

Obama's Africa trip was a delicate dance of diplomacy

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- President Barack Obama's five-day trip to Africa that ended Tuesday with a rousing speech to the continent's heads of government featured a delicate dance of diplomacy with leaders who have rocky records on human rights and corruption, among the continent's most pressing problems.

The presidents of Kenya and Uganda ...Read more

San Francisco tests pee-repellent paint to ward off public urinators

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LOS ANGELES -- When it comes to odorous annoyances, San Francisco officials hope a fresh coat of paint will succeed where manners and bladders have failed.

Last week, crews with San Francisco Public Works began painting buildings in the city with a clear-coat sealant that, in theory, would splash back urine, or any other liquid sprayed onto it....Read more

Analysis: Trump's wealth estimated at $2.9 billion

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The latest math on Donald Trump: $2.9 billion.

An analysis by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, based in part on a 92-page personal financial disclosure form made public last week, revealed a portfolio dominated by skyscrapers and golf courses. The celebrity presidential candidate says he's worth more than $10 billion.

Trump has vaulted to the...Read more

Teen arrested after body of missing girl, 8, found in dumpster

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LOS ANGELES -- A 15-year-old boy was arrested after police found the body of an 8-year-old girl in a dumpster Monday night, a day after she disappeared while riding her scooter in a Santa Cruz neighborhood, police said.

The body, believed to be that of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, was found about 7:55 p.m. in a dumpster inside a garage at the ...Read more

GOP presidential hopefuls clamoring for attention before their first debate

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- For the last week, the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has looked like this:

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has gone to the Senate floor to accuse his party's Senate leader of telling "a flat-out lie." Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama of trying to march Israelis "to the door of ...Read more

Alleged victim says Cosby missed cues she's gay

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PHILADELPHIA -- Andrea Constand, the former Temple University employee at the center the 2005 sexual battery lawsuit against Bill Cosby, on Tuesday rejected the comedian's assertions he was adept at reading sexual cues from women.

The basis for her argument? Cosby failed to realize that Constand was gay and dating a woman at the time she says ...Read more

A weeping Joyce Mitchell pleads guilty to helping killers escape NY prison

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NEW YORK -- A former prison employee charged with helping two killers in a brazen escape that led to a three-week manhunt pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor Tuesday, nearly two months after her arrest stunned residents of the small town where she worked.

A weeping Joyce Mitchell, 51, of Dickinson Center, N.Y., entered her plea in a ...Read more

Search for missing teen boaters expands to Georgia

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JUPITER, Fla. -- As the search for two missing 14-year-old boys moved into a fourth day, the Coast Guard expanded its efforts as far north as Savannah, Ga., on Tuesday, holding out hope the teens can still be found alive.

A report of an item in the water off Brunswick, Ga., is being investigated by the agency.

"We have sent a helicopter to ...Read more

NTSB blames co-pilot, Scaled Composites for Virgin Galactic crash

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LOS ANGELES -- Federal safety officials Tuesday blamed a co-pilot's error for the disintegration of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo during a test flight last fall that killed the co-pilot.

But sharing the blame, safety officials said, was the company testing the space plane, Scaled Composites.

Co-pilot Michael Alsbury prematurely unlocked the ...Read more

Gadhafi's son, 8 ex-officials sentenced to death over 2011 killings

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TRIPOLI, Libya-- A Libyan court on Tuesday sentenced to death Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of late dictator Moammar Gadhafi, and eight former officials on charges related to killings during the 2011 uprising that ended his father's rule.

Also sentenced to death by firing squad were Gadhafi's intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi and former ...Read more