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Thousands march through Zimbabwe's capital to demand Mugabe's departure

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HARARE, Zimbabwe –– During elections nine years ago, Zimbabwe ruling party thugs banged on Nonoza Ncube's door at 2 a.m., took her to a temporary military-style base and beat her on her back and legs with clubs.

Yet when she heard that ruling party ZANU-PF war veterans were staging a mass rally in Harare, the nation's capital, to support ...Read more

Feinstein says 2018 could be another 'Year of the Woman'

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MILLBRAE, Calif. –– Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California told party officials Saturday that the sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the federal government and state legislatures across the country could lead to a wave of new female lawmakers not seen in decades.

"I predict based on what I see out there that we are ...Read more

National initiative needed to deal with economic divide, Ray Dalio says

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WASHINGTON –– Billionaire Ray Dalio has called for a commission to explore the growing disparity between the wealthiest Americans and those in the bottom 40 percent of the economy, who he says face "rising death rates" and stagnant incomes.

"There should be a commission or an initiative" to address the issue, Dalio said in a CNN interview ...Read more

Hidden bunker, tunnel with 1,000 bikes found in California homeless camp

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As Orange County, Calif., officials clear out homeless camps along the Santa Ana River, they are making some unexpected discoveries,

In one area, they found an underground bunker accessible from a wooden hatch camouflaged with dirt.

In another, more than 1,000 bicycles tucked in a separate tunnel were found.

The county began clearing more ...Read more

Gunman in Northern California rampage 'didn't pick the school randomly,' DA says

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A gunman's attack on an elementary school during a deadly rampage in Northern California this past week was not a random act as authorities initially thought, prosecutors said.

Kevin Janson Neal smashed a stolen pickup truck through the front gates of Rancho Tehama Elementary School Tuesday morning, drove into the center of the quad, got out ...Read more

Captive, judge oddly agree neither can force lawyer to go to Guantanamo

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba--A war court judge ended three weeks of hearings trying to resolve a stalemate over a resigned civilian defense team by asking the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing whether he wanted his long-serving capital defense counsel to return to court.

"I believe he chose to leave this case, and I support him," ...Read more

Satellite promises to improve weather warnings

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A rocket carrying a weather satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Saturday, with plans to put the satellite in a polar orbit to help improve weather forecasting and hurricane tracking.

The Delta II rocket carried the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a new series of polar-orbiting satellites.

About 63 ...Read more

Stroke patients may have more time to get treatment, study finds

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Patients and doctors long have relied on a simple rule of thumb for seeking care after an ischemic stroke: "Time is brain."

In other words, the longer it takes for patients to seek medical care after a stroke, the more their brain tissue is likely to be starved of blood and die -- significantly raising the risk of permanent disability. The ...Read more

Zimbabweans celebrate Mugabe's imminent exit at mass rallies

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HARARE, Zimbabwe –– Tens of thousands of jubilant Zimbabweans joined rallies Saturday to celebrate the imminent departure of President Robert Mugabe, the only leader they've known since independence in 1980.

Mugabe triggered his own downfall by firing Emmerson Mnangagwa as his vice president last week, which prompted the military to ...Read more

Hariri to return to Lebanon, confront crisis over his resignation

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PARIS ––Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Saturday that he would return home next week to discuss the political crisis triggered by his sudden resignation while he was in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Hariri said he would go to Beirut to attend an Independence Day ceremony ...Read more

Outgoing Lebanese premier Hariri arrives in France to meet president

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PARIS -- Outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived early Saturday in France, where he is scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, a source close to Hariri told dpa from Paris.

"The premier has arrived," the source said without elaborating.

Lebanese television showed a convoy of cars leaving Paris' Le Bourget airport where...Read more

Mark Sanford leading effort to oppose energy bill championed by GOP leaders

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans want to look strong on expanding domestic energy independence, but a bill that would give them those bragging rights could face backlash from environmentalists in their own party.

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., told McClatchy he plans to form a coalition of Republicans and Democrats to formally ask for changes to the...Read more

Texan launches primary challenge against Sen. Ted Cruz, but says they 'agree on a lot of things'

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WASHINGTON -- Republican media executive Bruce Jacobson launched his campaign against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticizing politicians who are "more interested in serving themselves and their own agendas rather than serving the people who elected them."

But when it comes to major policy issues he would vote on as a senator, Jacobson says he's almost...Read more

McCaskill vote on GOP tax bill could be tough sell in Trump-loving Missouri

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Claire McCaskill said she wanted to work with Republicans on a tax bill. In the end, she fell squarely in line with the Democratic Party.

Her vote against the Senate's Republican tax plan was a calculated risk for the Missouri Democrat a year before she faces a tough re-election campaign.

The Republican tax bill is unpopular...Read more

Former Atlanta fire chief claims discrimination in civil rights suit

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ATLANTA -- A federal judge on Friday had questions about why Mayor Kasim Reed dismissed Atlanta's fire chief in 2015, asking attorneys representing the city if the decision was based primarily on the contents of the chief's controversial book or his insubordination.

Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was terminated after he wrote and distributed a book ...Read more

High-profile political prisoner flees Venezuela in daring escape, vows to fight Maduro

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BOGOTA -- Antonio Ledezma, one of Venezuela's highest-profile political prisoners, fled the nation Friday in a daring escape that he said included skirting dozens of checkpoints and crossing the border into Colombia.

Talking to reporters in the Colombian capital of Bogota, Ledezma said his flight had been "cinematographic" and that he had the ...Read more

Katy Perry and LA Archdiocese awarded $5 million in suit over convent

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles jury Friday found that restaurant owner Dana Hollister intentionally interfered with singer Katy Perry's attempts to purchase a former convent from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Perry's drawn-out legal fight to buy the Los Feliz property was partly settled earlier this year when a judge ruled that ...Read more

Couple quit Guantanamo after dumpster-dive arrest

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- An Army combat veteran and his wife who were detained by Navy police for plucking used uniforms out of a dumpster to fashion them into souvenir flags have left the base in the aftermath of the episode.

Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Ismael Gonzalez, 48, said he resigned his post as the wartime prison's contract ...Read more

17 Atlanta school police admit test cheating, investigator finds

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools is dealing with another cheating investigation. A quarter of the police officers in the district's recently sworn-in force admitted receiving answers on a state-administered test.

Disciplinary proceedings are coming for at least 18 employees. One dispatcher allegedly fed answers to 17 officers while they took ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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After backlash, Trump orders a freeze on elephant hunting trophy imports

In a surprise move, the Trump administration will suspend its recent decision to allow hunters to bring elephant trophies back to the U.S. from parts of southern Africa, President Donald Trump tweeted Friday night.

The move comes as celebrities, politicians and even some ...Read more