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3.6 magnitude earthquake strikes near Westwood, Calif.

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LOS ANGELES -- A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was felt in Los Angeles on Monday night, particularly on the Westside and in the San Fernando Valley.

The epicenter of the earthquake, which struck at 11:20 p.m., was just west of the Sepulveda Pass section of the 405 Freeway in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The U.S. Geological Survey's ShakeMap said ...Read more

Three arrested in violent Georgia Tech protests after police shoot student

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ATLANTA -- Anger over the police shooting of a Pride Alliance leader at Georgia Tech turned violent Monday night, as protesters who had attended a vigil on the campus set a police car ablaze.

Two police officers received minor injuries, Tech spokesman Lance Wallace said. One was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, treated and released, he said.

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Hurricane Maria heading toward Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as Category 5

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Maria continued on its track toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Tuesday morning, hours after leaving behind a scene of devastation in Dominica where it ripped off rooftops on the small Caribbean island overnight.

The Category 5 storm is expected to continue fluctuating in strength as it moves over the northeast ...Read more

As Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi says: 'We want to find out why this exodus is happening'

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MUMBAI, India -- Under mounting pressure to address Myanmar's bloody military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims, Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday that her government was "working to restore the situation to normalcy" but declined to accept responsibility for what a top United Nations official has called ethnic cleansing.

"We want to find out why ...Read more

Leaf blowers flagged as polluters, possible health threat

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Five years after starting his first job with a landscaping crew in the suburbs of Seattle, Fredi Dubon decided he had enough and quit. The workdays were long, sometimes 12 hours, but a bigger problem was having to inhale exhaust from his gas-powered leaf blower.

The fumes tended to be harshest in the cool mornings or when he ran his machine in ...Read more

Is Kobach a private citizen on Trump commission? Question will test Kansas transparency law

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's use of private email for a presidential commission could bring him into conflict with a 1-year-old state law meant to increase government transparency.

Kobach, a candidate for Kansas governor, told ProPublica last week that he was serving on President Donald Trump's voting fraud ...Read more

Western cities try to stop hungry bears from causing havoc

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BOULDER, Colo. -- On a recent morning that was chilly with the first nip of fall, Brenda Lee went looking for knocked-over trash cans. She drove her car slowly through alleyways on the west side of this Colorado city, close to where streets end and the Rocky Mountains begin. The damage wasn't hard to find.

On every block, it seemed, at least ...Read more

White supremacists' use of Pepe the Frog fought by its creator

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WASHINGTON -- The creator of Pepe the Frog is getting more aggressive in his legal campaign against websites, books and phone apps that he says use the fun-loving cartoon figure to espouse hate.

Lawyers for artist Matt Furie are demanding that websites, including one created by white supremacist Richard Spencer, stop using images or selling ...Read more

Nikki Haley, usually a UN star, steps aside this week to Trump

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NEW YORK -- The United Nations headquarters in New York City has unquestionably been Nikki Haley's domain -- except for this week, when the United States' U.N. ambassador must blend into the background.

Haley's ability to play a supporting role will be tested this week as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attend the U.N. ...Read more

Gov. Scott Walker signs $3 billion Wisconsin Foxconn bill and promises spring groundbreaking

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STURTEVANT, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Monday approved up to $3 billion in subsidies for a flat screen plant, binding the state's economic hopes and his own political future to the investment proposed by an Asian electronics giant.

The signing of the legislation clears the way for the Walker administration and Foxconn Technology Group ...Read more

Suu Kyi says Myanmar ready to bring back refugees from Bangladesh

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YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said her government was ready to start the verification process to bring back any refugees who wish to return to Myanmar from Bangladesh after fleeing recent violence.

"We are prepared to start the verification process at any time," Suu Kyi told diplomats gathered in the ...Read more

Hurricane Maria grows into Category 5 storm, makes landfall in storm-battered Caribbean

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hurricane Maria, a dangerous Category 5 storm, reached the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean on Monday night with sustained winds of 160 mph, forecasters said.

(Etehad reported from Los Angeles and Molly Hennessy-Fiske reported from San Juan.)

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Fla. nursing home never called for ambulances, backup housing as patients died

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills had an ambulance service and another nursing home at the ready to help in the event of a hurricane emergency. But it never reached out to either, even as its frail residents began to die in the escalating heat after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility's power.

The ...Read more

Trump condemns 'bureaucracy and mismanagement' at the UN

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UNITED NATIONS -- Acting more the statesman than the flamethrower, President Donald Trump made a smooth debut at the United Nations on Monday, chairing a meeting on reforming U.N. operations and agencies, and urging the global body to "focus more on people and less on bureaucracy."

He called for the 193 member nations to contribute more to the ...Read more

Whose streets in St. Louis? Officials adopting protest words and tone

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ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is eager to show he's not like a former governor whom he accused of tolerating looting and arson in Ferguson. So much so that his Facebook post Sunday about vandalism in St. Louis dropped any claim to formality.

"Our officers caught 'em, cuffed 'em, and threw 'em in jail," it said. "They're gonna wake up...Read more

As arrests are made, protesters question tactics used by St. Louis police

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ST. LOUIS -- Police used a technique called kettling on Sunday night to box in about 100 people at a busy downtown intersection and arrest them for failing to disperse.

It's a tactic used to corral a group of people who fail to follow police orders. St. Louis police took the action after several windows were broken and concrete planters and ...Read more

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Navy ousts admiral, captain from jobs in more fallout from ship collisions in Asia

SAN DIEGO -- An admiral and captain in charge of U.S. naval units in Asia were removed from their commands due to loss of confidence in their abilities, the Navy said Monday.

They are Rear Adm. Charles Williams, who commanded Task Force 70, which has tactical ...Read more

Man shot by officer at Miami airport plowed truck into gates, police say

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MIAMI -- A knife-wielding Mississippi man shot by police at Miami International Airport plowed his truck into a secure zone, hid in an electrical closet, swung from an overhead ceiling pipe and kicked an officer in the chest, authorities said.

Jason Brad Pearce, 34, was then shot after grappling with an officer, wrestling his gun away before ...Read more

Georgia Tech student called 911 before shooting, authorities say

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ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz called 911 before being shot by campus police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

Schultz called 911 alerting them "of a suspicious person on campus." In the call, Schultz describes the person as a "white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans who is possibly ...Read more

Two dead, three missing as Typhoon Talim lashes Japan

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TOKYO -- At least two people were killed and three others were missing Tuesday as Typhoon Talim ripped through Japan, local media reported.

The season's 18th typhoon was downgraded to an extra-tropical cyclone late Monday after pounding the northern island of Hokkaido, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

More than 40 people were ...Read more

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