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Kansas moves to implement $25 ATM withdrawal limit for welfare recipients

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WASHINGTON -- Kansas plans to keep a controversial $25 limit on ATM withdrawals by welfare recipients, despite the possibility that the restriction might violate federal law.

Legislation was passed earlier this year to raise the limit, or do away with it entirely, but a newly revised version of Kansas' welfare plan does not permit withdrawals ...Read more

Wildfire north of Napa Valley grows to 18,000 acres

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A fast-moving fire north of Napa Valley continued to grow Friday as new evacuations were ordered for residents in a nearby rural town, authorities said..

The Rocky fire north of Napa Valley grew to 18,000 acres Friday and was 5 percent contained, tweeted Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. ...Read more

Number of salmonella cases rises in Washington state

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SEATTLE -- An outbreak of salmonella infections apparently linked to eating pork has expanded in Washington state, with at least 90 people in nine counties reported to have been ill.

More than half of the cases, 55, have been reported in King County. Six people have been hospitalized.

The sharp uptick in cases in less than a week and the lack ...Read more

Zimbabwe to seek extradition of American dentist who killed Cecil the lion

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WASHINGTON -- Zimbabwe will seek the extradition of Walter James Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed an iconic lion outside the perimeter of Hwange National Park in early July, the Zimbabwean environment minister said Friday.

Oppah Muchinguri said his country was taking the issue seriously.

"We have certain processes that we have to ...Read more

Accused killer in Charleston church shooting wants to plead guilty in federal court

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Dylann Roof's lawyer David Bruck told a Charleston federal magistrate Friday morning in a hushed courtroom that his client wants to plead guilty to federal hate crimes in the June killings of nine African-Americans at a downtown Charleston church.

But Bruck said until he knows whether the federal government will seek the ...Read more

Clinton warns of 'cowboy diplomacy' if Republicans retake White House

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Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Friday in her first major foreign policy speech of the 2016 presidential campaign that her potential Republican opponents would return to "cowboy diplomacy and reckless warmongering," while she embraced President Barack Obama's policy of engagement and vowed to advance normalization of ties with Cuba by ending the ...Read more

Dentist who shot Cecil the lion finds himself in a legal thicket

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WASHINGTON -- A 115-year-old U.S. law that's grown like kudzu now hangs over the head of the Minnesota dentist who shot Cecil the lion.

But it's one of the Supreme Court's newest decisions that could shape how officials may handle angry members of the public who have raged against the bow-and-arrow wielding dentist, Dr. Walter J. Palmer.

Now ...Read more

Congresswoman: FBI radio procurement still biased to Motorola

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WASHINGTON -- A senior House of Representatives Democrat has called on FBI Director James Comey to once again rethink the bureau's problem-plagued attempt to buy a new emergency radio system, contending its recent request for bids is so biased it "can be met by only one vendor" -- industry colossus Motorola Solutions Inc.

"Simply put, the terms...Read more

Ebola vaccine highly effective in Guinea trial, analysis shows

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An experimental vaccine tested in more than 7,500 people in Guinea was highly protective against Ebola in a preliminary analysis.

Organizations who sponsored the work, including the World Health Organization and Medecins Sans Frontiers, lauded the outcome of the work as a hopeful step in the fight against the devastating virus, which has killed...Read more

After a bounce, Rosetta's Philae lander serves up surprises

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Scientists with the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission may have had a scare when the Philae lander bounced off of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but the bumpy touchdown actually had a silver lining: It allowed them to take measurements in two separate spots instead of one.

Now, in a suite of papers published in the journal...Read more

Nusra Front takes credit for abducting US-trained fighters in Syria

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IRBIL, Iraq -- A Syrian group linked to al-Qaida admitted Friday that it had abducted a group of U.S.-trained Syrian rebels sent into the country to help with the ongoing international military effort to degrade the Islamic State.

In an unusual statement by the Nusra Front, which on Thursday denied that it had detained Nadim al-Hassan and ...Read more

2 female soldiers advancing to final phase of Army Ranger School

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Two of the three women trying to become the first females to complete the most difficult mental and physical training offered by the U.S. Army have moved within one step of earning the Ranger tab.

The Army announced Friday that two of the three women, who were all West Point graduates, passed the mountain phase of the patrols ...Read more

Man accused of attacking Jerusalem gay pride parade to remain in custody

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JERUSALEM -- An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man accused of stabbing participants in a gay pride parade appeared in a Jerusalem court Friday amid calls for the resignation of senior police officials for failing to keep tabs on the suspect, who was convicted of a similar attack in 2005.

Yishai Schlissel, who was released from prison just three weeks ...Read more

2 backup officers at Samuel DuBose shooting scene won't be charged

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The two University of Cincinnati police officers who arrived on the scene shortly after a white colleague fatally shot an unarmed black driver in the head will not be charged with lying about what they saw, a prosecutor announced Friday.

A grand jury indicted Officer Ray Tensing on suspicion of murder and voluntary manslaughter this week for ...Read more

Palestinian toddler killed in suspected militant Jewish settler attack

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JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian toddler was burned to death and members of his family were critically wounded on Friday when their home in the West Bank was firebombed by attackers believed to be extremist Jewish settlers, the police and army said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the killing an act of terrorism, and Israeli security forces ...Read more

Palestinian toddler killed in suspected militant Jewish settler attack

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JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian toddler was burned to death and members of his family were critically wounded on Friday when their home in the West Bank was firebombed by attackers believed to be extremist Jewish settlers, the police and army said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the killing an act of terrorism, and Israeli security forces ...Read more

Coast Guard to suspend search for missing teen boaters

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OPA-LOCKA, Fla. -- The Coast Guard announced on Friday afternoon that at sunset Friday it will suspend the search for the two missing teenage boaters, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen.

During a news conference at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, in Opa-locka, Capt. Mark Fedor told reporters that the agency's "active and open search" would last ...Read more

Hillary Clinton takes a shot at Jeb Bush on race in front of black activists

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The heavyweights of the crowded 2016 presidential field, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, laid out starkly different visions Friday for uplifting the plight of blacks in America, as the two appeared at the same event for the first time since they announced their runs for office.

Each came to the annual conference of...Read more

As cyberattacks mount, Pentagon looks for ways to retaliate

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WASHINGTON -- A barrage of cyberattacks on government agencies, blue-chip companies and critical infrastructure has prompted Pentagon officials to take a hard look at adapting the military concept that helped keep the world safe from nuclear bombings during the Cold War to the digital battlefield of the 21st century.

Mutually assured ...Read more

Obama seeks support for Iran deal by reminding allies of war in Iraq

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WASHINGTON -- Facing a well-financed opposition and a history of late-summer woes, President Barack Obama and liberal supporters are trying to enlist activists and everyday voters alike in a major campaign behind his landmark nuclear accord with Iran, framing it as the best chance to avoid a new Mideast war.

Obama previewed the argument ...Read more