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Officials marvel at survival of Calif. woman missing for two weeks

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SAN DIEGO -- A 68-year-old Fullerton woman remains hospitalized as San Diego County law enforcement personnel continue to marvel at how she survived for two weeks in her disabled car on fruit, pie slices and rainwater.

Dianna Bedwell was found Sunday afternoon in a remote area of northeastern San Diego County in the Los Coyotes Indian ...Read more

Iran slams US over comments on Iraqi troops fighting Islamic State

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TEHRAN, Iran -- The war of words between Iran and the United States is getting testier as the two nations' common enemy, Islamic State militants, advance in Iraq and Syria.

The man acclaimed in some circles as Iran's military "mastermind," Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, derided the progress of President Barack Obama's stated goal to "degrade and ...Read more

Puerto Rico Senate passes sales-tax bill with amendments

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Puerto Rico's Senate approved a bill, with amendments, that increases the cash-strapped island's sales tax, potentially raising revenue that will help balance the fiscal 2016 budget.

The Senate passed the measure Monday in a 14-12 vote, with an amendment to exempt certain foods. The amended bill will be sent...Read more

Biden tries to mollify Iraqis, promises training and equipment

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq's prime minister Monday to try to smooth over a rough exchange of words between the two governments after the fall of important cities to Islamic State militants in recent days.

In his call with Prime Minister Haider Abadi, Biden paid respects to "the enormous sacrifice and bravery" of Iraqi ...Read more

Nigerian gasoline distributors agree to resume deliveries

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JOHANNESBURG -- Nigeria's gasoline scarcity was resolved Monday, but only after the shortages had damaged the economy, canceled or diverted commercial flights, shut down radio stations and put mobile phone networks at risk.

With incoming President Muhammadu Buhari to be sworn in Friday, the opposition All Progressives Congress accused outgoing ...Read more

Conservative's win of Polish presidency likely to boost party in parliament

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The old and the young joined forces in Poland to hand a surprising victory to conservative populist Andrzej Duda, whose presidential campaign promises included rolling back the retirement age and wresting control of domestic economic matters from the European Union.

Duda's election victory, announced Monday, is expected to boost the chances for...Read more

China take lessons on how to better catch a thief overseas

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BEIJING –– China is learning a new skill in its campaign to catch economic fugitives in other countries and bring them home -- the power of persuasion.

Operation Fox Hunt claimed nearly two escapees a day in its first year. The problem: Most suspects returned voluntarily while the bigger fish are in western democracies such as the United ...Read more

Malaysians find apparent graves at suspected trafficking camps

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BANGKOK -- Malaysian authorities have found 139 suspected graves in the country's northern jungles at what they believe were camps used for trafficking humans, police announced Monday.

The discovery demonstrated the human cost of a smuggling trade that has engulfed the region from Bangladesh to Indonesia.

"It is a very sad scene," said the ...Read more

Charter Communications plans to buy Time Warner Cable

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Charter Communications is near a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable for about $195 a share--furthering its quest to build one of the nation's largest cable TV and Internet service companies.

The deal, valued at more than $55 billion, is expected to be announced Tuesday, according to a person close to the companies who did not want to be ...Read more

Iraqi leader promises recapture of Ramadi from Islamic State

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BEIRUT --Iraqi forces will recapture the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants within days, Iraq Prime Minister Haider Abadi told the BBC in an interview aired Monday.

Asked how long it would take to wrest the Anbar provincial capital back from the extremists, Abadi said: "I'm talking about days now."

The Iraqi leader added: "It makes my...Read more

As Panama City's historic district is rehabilitated, so are its gangsters

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PANAMA CITY -- One of the first stops on Antonio James' tour of the gentrifying Casco Viejo district of Panama City is the spot where his brother was killed in a spray of bullets aimed at no one in particular.

Five years later, the former drug den houses the evangelical Union Church of Glory.

James, 31, and members of his extended family, all ...Read more

Russia and Western nations stage rival air combat exercises

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered four days of air combat readiness testing on Monday, the third major military exercise staged by the Kremlin in the past three months.

The drills will involve 12,000 troops, 250 aircraft and nearly 700 artillery pieces and other heavy weaponry and include cruise missile strikes at an imaginary enemy ...Read more

Former Israeli prime minister gets another prison sentence

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TEL AVIV ––Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for accepting bribes, a court in Jerusalem said on Monday.

The sentence, which also includes an additional eight months of probation and a fine of $25,600, was imposed after Olmert was convicted in a March retrial of accepting more than $150,...Read more

Polish right-wing party looks forward to parliamentary elections after presidential victory

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WARSAW, Poland ––Andrzej Duda's victory in Poland's presidential runoff has raides hopes in his right-wing Law and Justice Party for a return to power in parliament.

"Today the path towards a victory in the (parliamentary) autumn elections opens up," Beata Szydlo, Duda's campaign manager, said in an interview with RMF radio station on ...Read more

With new EPA water rule, Obama again takes executive action on environment

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In April 1989, a Michigan developer named John Rapanos dumped fill on 54 acres of wetlands he owned to make way for a shopping center. He did not have a permit, and when the state told him to stop, he refused. Courts found him in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Prosecutors wanted to send him to prison.

Rapanos took his case all the ...Read more

When artificial intelligence bot Claudico takes on poker pros, all bets are off

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PITTSBURGH -- Doug Polk, one of the world's best poker players, shoveled egg whites into his mouth with a plastic fork and slurped unsweetened oatmeal from a paper cup, 13 days into the oddest tournament he has ever entered.

His opponent, Claudico, did not struggle with fatigue, mental breakdown or hunger, despite having played 80,000 hands ...Read more

When artificial intelligence bot Claudico takes on poker pros, all bets are off

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PITTSBURGH -- Doug Polk, one of the world's best poker players, shoveled egg whites into his mouth with a plastic fork and slurped unsweetened oatmeal from a paper cup, 13 days into the oddest tournament he has ever entered.

His opponent, Claudico, did not struggle with fatigue, mental breakdown or hunger, despite having played 80,000 hands ...Read more

DNA tests, technology and justice: A brave and uncertain new world

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WASHINGTON -- The power of DNA evidence to put someone behind bars or keep an individual free is a staple of television shows like "Law & Order" and "CSI."

But not all DNA evidence is so straightforward.

As justice races to keep pace with technology, new questions about how evidence is obtained are coming into play.

Trace DNA -- tiny amounts ...Read more

Privacy often trumps transparency with police shooting videos

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Cameras mounted inside patrol cars captured every moment.

With their guns drawn, Gardena, Calif., police officers screamed instructions at three men on the sidewalk. The officers warned them to keep their hands above their heads, mistakenly believing that they had been involved in a robbery.

Exactly what happened next is in dispute, but what ...Read more

Coal faces hurdles and steady decline, projections show

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Despite the major forces trying to save it, coal's future as a major energy source is being attacked by government regulations, market forces and moral arguments. As a result, government charts plotting coal's future indicate a limited life expectancy.

Those charts don't even take into account President Barack Obama's regulation to crack down ...Read more