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LA County Sheriff's Dept. investigating reports that deputy sexually abused female inmates

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LOS ANGELES--The allegations were disturbing: A female inmate reported that a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy asked her to perform a sex act as he escorted her back to a cell in the downtown criminal courthouse. She complied, she said, because she was afraid the deputy might otherwise get her into trouble.

In the following months, ...Read more

Historic climate deal is expected in Paris

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PARIS -- The international conference on climate change that opens here Monday is widely expected to produce a historic agreement among nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say cause global warming.

Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, said Saturday that 183 countries accounting for nearly 95 percent of global ...Read more

NSA data collection program exposed by Snowden expires

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BALTIMORE--The National Security Agency ended Saturday its dragnet collection of data on phone calls that use domestic carriers -- the most significant change in U.S. intelligence-gathering since Edward Snowden revealed details of the agency's programs two years ago.

Under the Patriot Act approved by Congress after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001...Read more

Many smaller animals clean themselves to survive, study finds

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Going without a shower for a few days might make you feel gross, but for small animals like bees and houseflies, keeping clean is a matter of life or death.

A mosquito flying through the fog of the early morning may find its wings so weighed down by water droplets that it can no longer search for food. A honeybee can easily pick up five times ...Read more

3 die in rocket attack on UN base in Mali

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BAMAKO, Mali -- A rocket attack on a United Nations base in northern Mali killed three people early Saturday, UN mission spokesman Olivier Salgado said.

The victims in Kidal were two U.N. soldiers and a civilian contractor, the U.N. in New York said later.

Twenty U.N. soldiers and civilian personnel were wounded, including four seriously.

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California freeze: Minus-11 degrees in Sierra amid snow and ice

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A deep freeze in California's Sierra is continuing, with one spot east of Redding recording minus-11 degrees.

According to the National Weather Service, the Bogard Rest Area in the Lassen National Forest recorded that frigid temperature between Friday night and Saturday morning. The rest area is north of Susanville.

A few other mountain areas ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic lobbies US panel to accept noninvasive colon cancer test

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WASHINGTON –– Ron Cox's doctor recommended a check for colon cancer when he turned 50. He did not get one. Nor did he get one when he turned 51, 52 or 53.

Like many people, the uncomfortable preparation for and intrusive nature of a colonoscopy put him off.

Cox isn't sure he would ever have gotten checked for colon cancer if doctors at the...Read more

Pro-Kurdish human-rights lawyer shot dead in Turkey

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ISTANBUL –– A pro-Kurdish human rights lawyer and two police officers were shot dead in Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakir when members of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party clashed with security forces, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said Saturday.

It was not clear who fired the fatal shots.

The local chamber of lawyers on Twitter ...Read more

India's Modi poised to make or break climate talks in Paris

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NEW DELHI -- At the climate talks in Paris next week, all eyes will be on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Developing nations are looking for him to champion their interests in winning funds to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Richer countries including the United States are wary that India could end up scuttling any deal.

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Mass graves of over 100 Yezidis found in Iraq

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ERBIN, Iraq -- Officials in the Sinjar area have found mass graves containing the remains of 113 members of the Yezidi minority killed by the Islamic State group after it captured the area last year, the district chief said on Saturday.

The graves were found in Qana village, 7 miles south of Sinjar town, which was recaptured from Islamic State ...Read more

Bullying on social media targeted after Pennsylvania college student's suicide

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PHILADELPHIA -- After two tumultuous weeks, Richie Torres will return to the campus of Washington College in Chestertown, Md., after the holiday break with a mission: Get fellow students to stop using Yik Yak.

The app, a social-media platform used to post anonymous messages, has exploded in popularity on college campuses. Administrators even ...Read more

Donald Trump says things that stretch credulity, but they fire up the faithful

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Donald Trump's campaign trail commentary flows seamlessly but is often vague on specifics and even facts.

He says he saw "thousands of people" cheering in New Jersey as the World Trade Center towers collapsed in the Sept. 11 attacks. Not true, say local law enforcement and elected officials.

He is open to shuttering mosques, saying there's "...Read more