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Afghan girl on magazine cover is now a woman behind bars

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- She has been called the Mona Lisa of Afghanistan, the emerald-eyed refugee girl who appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985 in one of the most famous news photographs ever taken.

On Wednesday, Sharbat Gula was jailed in Pakistan on charges of falsifying her identity papers.

Gula appeared before a ...Read more

Venezuela's political crisis deepens, with parliament in standoff with president

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Tens of thousands of Venezuelans poured into the streets of the capital, Caracas, and other cities Wednesday to protest the suspension of a campaign to recall President Nicolas Maduro. Supporters of the beleaguered president held their own show of strength near the presidential palace.

The demonstrations are part of a long...Read more

Judge trims 2 from Prince's estate claims

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MINNEAPOLIS -- And then there were six. Or maybe seven.

A Carver County, Minn., judge has winnowed the group of heirs set to inherit Prince's mammoth estate down to the sister and five half siblings of the late musician.

In an order filed Wednesday, District Judge Kevin Eide excluded a woman and girl claiming to be heirs because they were ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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At least 20 inmates, 2 correctional officers hurt in Cook County Jail fight

CHICAGO -- Two correctional officers and eight inmates were sent to hospitals, and at least a dozen more prisoners were treated for less serious injuries, after fights broke out in a maximum security division of Cook County Jail Tuesday night, authorities said.

The ...Read more

California National Guard members won't have to repay bonuses — for now

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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has agreed under pressure from Congress to suspend its demand that thousands of California National Guard veterans repay re-enlistment and retention bonuses given during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The bonuses were illegal, and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in a statement that "while some ...Read more

Do rich people really not care about anyone?

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WASHINGTON -- Rich people. They're nothing like us. They've got more money, more things and, according to a recent study, less time to waste on simply noticing other people.

In Psychological Science, a research journal, a group of New York University academics tested this phenomenon in a series of studies designed to quantitatively measure ...Read more

Baby taken in Baltimore carjacking found hours later outside house

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BALTIMORE -- An 11-month-old baby boy who was inside a vehicle that was carjacked Wednesday afternoon in Southeast Baltimore was found several hours later.

The incident prompted Maryland State Police to issue an Amber Alert at about 3 p.m. local time. The infant's mother told police she was unloading groceries around 1:30 p.m. but left her car ...Read more

Trump promises a 'new deal for black America' at NC stop

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised a "new deal for black America" Wednesday at Charlotte's Spirit Square.

Speaking to a mostly white audience, he talked about launching a new "urban renewal" in America's inner cities and unlocking the "potential" of the African-American community.

"Here is the promise I ...Read more

An aide says he once arranged for $50 million in payments for Bill Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- A close aide to Bill Clinton said he arranged for $50 million in payments for the former president, part of a complicated mingling of lucrative business deals and charity work of the Clinton Foundation mapped out in a memo released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.

The report was written by Doug Band, who has transitioned from his job as...Read more

Newseum joins effort to free missing journalist Austin Tice

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WASHINGTON -- The four-year effort to find and free U.S. journalist Austin Tice, who vanished while reporting for McClatchy and other outlets in Syria, will get a boost in visibility next week with the unveiling of a banner in his honor at the Newseum in Washington.

The banner will hang on the facade of the Newseum, the museum dedicated to ...Read more

Bridgegate judge: Jury doesn't need to consider motive for lane closures

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Federal prosecutors on Wednesday suggested jurors should not believe Bridget Anne Kelly's version of the George Washington Bridge lane-closure saga, because doing so would mean that seven witnesses had lied under oath in federal court here.

Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, quickly shot ...Read more

For first time, US abstains in UN vote to lift Cuba embargo

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WASHINGTON -- The United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time from an annual vote at the United Nations calling for lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, a resolution Washington had always adamantly opposed.

The abstention was another step marking the end of more than 50 years of official U.S. hostility to Cuba.

The final ...Read more

Genetic evidence exonerates flight attendant blamed for bringing HIV to the US

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The Canadian flight attendant widely blamed for bringing HIV to the United States and triggering an epidemic that has killed nearly 700,000 people has been exonerated by science, more than 30 years after his death.

In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers used newly available genetic evidence to show that Gaetan Dugas -...Read more

'El Chapo' said to be depressed in prison, complaining of 'psychological torture'

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MEXICO CITY -- Convicted drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is depressed and suffering hallucinations and memory loss because of harsh conditions in the Mexican prison where he is jailed, according to his lawyers and a psychiatrist who recently visited him.

Guzman, the head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, who famously escaped two high-...Read more

'The most chaotic election for people of color in 50 years,' activist predicts

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WASHINGTON -- Voting rights advocates are urging state election officials nationwide to be on the lookout for efforts to disenfranchise, intimidate and discriminate against minority voters in next month's general election.

They say a weakened Voting Rights Act, incendiary campaign rhetoric and confusion over controversial state laws that ...Read more

What would you do if your raise was just $5 a month? Seek Senate relief

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WASHINGTON -- Top Senate Democrats want Congress to approve a one-time $581 emergency payment for the more than 65 million retirees, veterans and Americans with disabilities who receive Social Security payments.

Sens. Patty Murray of Washington state and Chuck Schumer of New York said the payments would help those who were denied a cost-of-...Read more

For 1st time, US changes its position on UN resolution blasting Cuba trade embargo

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WASHINGTON -- For the first time in a quarter century of voting on it, the United States on Wednesday declined to oppose a United Nations resolution condemning the American trade embargo against Cuba, drawing harsh criticism from South Florida lawmakers, who called it another example of the Obama administration's bending to the will of the ...Read more

Political news briefs

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Trump mixes business and politics at hotel opening

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's presidential bid often has dipped into a glitzy brand promotion, but perhaps never has the line between business and politics been more blurred than at his opening event Wednesday for his Washington hotel.

Trump's campaign insisted the ribbon-cutting at Trump ...Read more

This fabric captures energy to power your electronic devices

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In the future, your clothes will work for you. A team of scientists led out of the Georgia Institute of Technology has created a fabric that can gather energy from both sunlight and motion, then store it in embedded fibers.

The textile, described in Science Advances, could help pave the way for energy-harvesting clothes and new wearable devices...Read more

Political leaders blast ad that links man whose family was killed in home invasion to Trump and 'attack on women and families'

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PLAINVILLE, Conn. -- Flanked by friends, family and supporters, Republican state House candidate and Cheshire home invasion survivor William Petit condemned a digital ad funded by a union-based political action group that linked him with Donald Trump's "attack on women and families."

"I'm just flabbergasted and appalled that anyone would stoop ...Read more