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'Serial' podcast subject Adnan Syed asks for release from prison

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BALTIMORE -- Adnan Syed, the "Serial" podcast subject whose murder conviction was overturned this summer, is asking for a judge to grant his release as he awaits a new trial.

The petition filed Monday by his defense team says Syed would be no danger to the community and that they have a social worker lined up to help him transition out of ...Read more

37 shot in Chicago over weekend as homicides climb nearly 200 above this time last year

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CHICAGO -- Six people were killed and 31 others were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend as the number of homicides this year climbed to nearly 200 above the same period last year, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune.

Six people were shot in just one hour Sunday, between 4 and 5 a.m. -- an average of a person shot ...Read more

Republicans tout work with Obama in campaigns

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WASHINGTON -- With presidential nominee Donald Trump becoming a weight on down-ballot Republicans, they're tying themselves to an unlikely leader: President Barack Obama.

On Monday, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, released three radio ads with African-American pastors from across the state talking about his bill to help former prisoners with ...Read more

What's up with all the creepy clowns? Psychologists say there are many factors at play in current craze

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SEATTLE -- What's up with these creepy clowns?

Across the nation, and even across seas, people have been calling police to report being menaced by people in clown costumes. An expert in the field of group psychology at Washington State University says there are several factors that could play into the motives of the "deviant" jesters.

Among ...Read more

Mormon support could push McMullin over the top in Utah

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In an election year when voters in record numbers say they're fed up with major-party nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Utah alone appears poised to walk the walk and deliver a win for independent Evan McMullin.

In no small part, support for McMullin in Utah and a handful of other western states stems from his Mormon faith, but many ...Read more

Obama popularity, Clinton muscle lift Democrats' Senate hopes in NC

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Democrats in North Carolina are betting that the conditions are right to retake a crucial Senate seat.

Deborah Ross, looking to unseat Republican Richard Burr, is reaping the benefits of a presidential election year that Kay Hagan lacked when she lost narrowly to Republican Thom Tillis in the 2014 mid-term -- a well-organized candidate at the ...Read more

Tom Hayden, 1960s radical who became champion of liberal causes, dies at 76

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LOS ANGELES -- Tom Hayden, a 1960s radical who was in the vanguard of the movement to stop the Vietnam War and became one of the nation's best-known champions of liberal causes, has died in Santa Monica after a lengthy illness. He was 76.

Hayden vaulted into national politics in 1962 as lead author of a student manifesto that became the ...Read more

Taliban is facing more US airstrikes

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BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan -- One after another, American fighter jets and armed drones screech down the runway at this mountain-fringed northern military outpost, launching missions around the clock to support Afghan forces battling militants aligned with Islamic State and the Taliban.

More than 700 U.S. airstrikes have been carried out this...Read more

Science explains why refrigerators sap the flavor from ripe tomatoes

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If you're one of those people who puts tomatoes in the fridge, you are going to want to stop. Now.

Sure, chilling a tomato will keep it looking fresh for a longer period of time than if you left it on the counter, but it will also drain all that earthy, slightly grassy, distinctive tomato taste right out of the fruit. (And, yes, tomato is a ...Read more

Lawmakers condemn Pentagon effort to recover enlistment bonuses from California veterans

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WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers on Sunday condemned a Pentagon effort to recoup enlistment bonuses improperly paid to thousands of California National Guard soldiers a decade ago, saying the overpayments were not the soldiers' fault and calling on the Pentagon or Congress to waive their debts.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pledged a House ...Read more

At field hospital near Mosul, even badly wounded are itching to get back in fight

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BASHIQA, Iraq -- Bleeding from the head after a mortar attack, a soldier was rushed by ambulance Sunday from the front lines of the battle for Mosul to a cluster of roadside field hospital tents several miles away.

Within moments of arriving, Araz Ahmed Sharif was talking about rejoining the fight.

A doctor explained to Sharif, a 21-year-old ...Read more

How much would you pay for a naked Donald Trump statue? Winning bidder shells out $22,000

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LOS ANGELES -- A naked likeness of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is the latest addition to a private citizen's personal collection following a Saturday night auction. The statue, which appeared on Hollywood Boulevard in August, was sold for $22,000 by street art auction house Julien's Auctions.

The piece, entitled "The Emperor ...Read more

With blacks key to N.C. victory, Clinton aims to combat apathy among young voters

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Hillary Clinton inserted a sly remark near the end of her speech from a Baptist church pulpit here on Sunday, telling the crowd, "I'm not going to tell you who to vote for."

She didn't need to, of course. The black congregants who packed the pews laughed and applauded, and when Clinton finished speaking, they said goodbye with ...Read more

Kaine says Democrats take nothing for granted

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Sen. Tim Kaine said Sunday that the election outcome was far from certain, and Republicans largely agreed with him.

But in a series of Sunday television interviews, neither side did much to rebut the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton is in the driver's seat with just over two weeks until Election Day.

Kaine, the Democratic vice ...Read more

Former president says peace deal could turn Colombia into another Venezuela

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DORAL, Fla. –– Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe met with hundreds of Colombian immigrants Sunday to explain why he led the opposition that led to voters' rejection of a peace agreement between the current Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrilla force.

Uribe said that if the deal prevailed without...Read more

Violence breaks out at French refugee camp, which is slated to close

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CALAIS, France -- Violence was reported Sunday as residents of "the Jungle," Calais' infamous refugee camp, lashed out at government preparations to close the sprawling settlement in northern France.

Dozens of people could be seen throwing rocks at police in images relayed by French broadcaster BFMTV. The authorities then fired with tear gas.

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14 Mediterranean migrants die; 6,100 survive

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ROME –– Fourteen bodies have been recovered and about 6,100 people have been saved in migrant rescues in the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend, the Italian coast guard said on Sunday.

Vessels run by German nongovernmental organizations Jugend Rettet and Lifeboat Project, the coast guard and the European Union border agency Frontex, ...Read more

Trump's campaign manager acknowledges he's losing

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Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, conceded Sunday that their campaign was trailing Hillary Clinton's in the race for president.

"We are behind," she said, offering as an explanation several advantages Clinton has, including a lopsided ad war heavily tilted her way and all-star surrogates, starting with President Barack Obama, ...Read more

11 die in California tour bus accident

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. –– Eleven people died and 30 others were injured Sunday morning when a tour bus collided with a big-rig truck on the Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, Calif., officials and published reports said.

A California Highway Patrol official confirmed the crash but could not immediately provide more details.

The Desert ...Read more

Islamic State storms strategic town in Iraq counterattack

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BAGHDAD –– Islamic State militants Sunday seized parts of a strategic western town in Iraq in an apparent response to an ongoing government campaign to recapture their main Iraqi stronghold, the northern city of Mosul.

Islamic State captured northern districts of the town of Rutbah, and local government offices in its center, military ...Read more