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22 arrested in another protest of St. Louis officer's acquittal

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. –– Police arrested at least 22 people in a protest at a St. Louis suburban shopping mall Saturday afternoon, called to further protest the acquittal last week of a white police officer in the shooting death of a black man.

Police made the arrests and cleared the St. Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights after some in the ...Read more

US planes fly off North Korean coast in 'show of force'

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WASHINGTON -- American bombers and fighter jets flew along North Korea's eastern coastline Saturday in a "show of force" that was closer to the rogue nation's border than any other mission this century, the Pentagon reported.

The predawn flight followed a North Korean threat to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

Dana White, chief ...Read more

Independence vote puts Iraqi Kurds at odds with neighbors and allies

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IRBIL, Iraq -- For the jubilant, flag-waiving throngs who filled rallies across Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish enclave in recent weeks, a vote on independence Monday is a chance to realize a dream cherished for generations.

But every major player in the region opposes the referendum, placing the Kurds on a collision course with neighbors and ...Read more

Trump's star power tested in Alabama Senate race

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- President Donald Trump has tweeted and rallied, cajoled and extolled in his all-out effort to save Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama, who is struggling to survive a Republican runoff against an opponent embraced by much of the president's own base.

And as the contest nears its end, the race Tuesday is emerging as a test of ...Read more

Far-right gathering in Berkeley is called off

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BERKELEY, Calif. -- Organizers of a far-right event planned for the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, have told the school that all of the events scheduled for the coming week have been canceled, officials said Saturday.

Representatives of the student group Berkeley Patriot informed the university that Free Speech Week, which ...Read more

Unrelenting water imperils Puerto Ricans

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LOIZA, Puerto Rico--Spend a day wending down unpredictable country roads outside San Juan and the hurt Hurricane Maria inflicted on Puerto Rico becomes crushingly evident.

Maria drenched town after town east of the capital, dumping so much water that people who had already lost their roofs to the Category 4 storm's winds, and then saw their few...Read more

China will restrict oil exports to North Korea

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BEIJING -- China will soon begin restricting oil exports to North Korea, the country's Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, marking a major step by Pyongyang's top ally and trading partner to further isolate the country from the global economy.

China said the new restrictions are in accordance with United Nations sanctions leveled against the ...Read more

Another earthquake jolts Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- A new earthquake sent Mexico City residents streaming onto the streets early Saturday, creating more alarm in a country still trying to recover from two powerful earthquakes over the past three weeks.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Saturday's magnitude 6.1 earthquake, which hit just before 8 a.m., was centered about 12 miles ...Read more

Americans should be wary of Cuban humanitarian fund

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After Hurricane Irma's devastating 72-hour pass through northern Cuba, the Cuban government took a novel approach to storm relief: It posted a Cuban bank account number on social media where donations can be sent.

Even though the Cuban Foreign Ministry provided the code to facilitate donations to an account at the government Banco Financiera ...Read more

Iran tests new ballistic missile

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TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads and travel up to 1,242 miles, state media reported Saturday.

The launch comes after U.S. President Donald Trump told world leaders at the United Nations this week that the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran was "an embarrassment" and "one of the ...Read more

Tillerson plans to keep job and Haley says she doesn't want it

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WASHINGTON ––It's among the most persistent parlor games in Washington: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is said to be ready to bolt -- or be fired -- at any moment. And Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, may already be angling to take his job.

During a week in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, Tillerson said he ...Read more

House panel wants to overhaul Defense Intelligence Agency

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WASHINGTON--The Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency is in the crosshairs of the House Intelligence Committee, which is aiming for a radical overhaul of the military's spy arm.

The committee sees it as bloated and ineffective. But how far such an effort would go remains to be seen as several other congressional oversight panels that would ...Read more

Mnuchin's incomplete Treasury staff could be a risk in crisis, experts say

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WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department still lacks permanent officials in half of its highest-ranking political jobs more than eight months into Donald Trump's presidency, leaving Secretary Steven Mnuchin shorthanded as he tries to carry out the administration's ambitious economic agenda.

Only nine of the 18 positions in Treasury requiring ...Read more

SEC hack threatens a bedrock of US capitalism: transparency

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WASHINGTON ––The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says its database of company filings has significantly increased corporate transparency. But a hack that led to the theft of market-moving secrets is the latest sign that technology also brings dangers the SEC is struggling against.

The breach adds to a growing list of SEC ...Read more

Menendez trial offers glimpse into secret world of favors and luxury

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NEWARK, N.J. -- When federal prosecutors investigating Sen. Robert Menendez brought a Ukrainian model before a grand jury in 2013, they bluntly pressed her about her relationship with a donor accused of bribing the senator.

"You became intimate with Dr. Melgen, correct?" a prosecutor asked Svitlana Buchyk, who the government says obtained a ...Read more

Facebook comment during Slender Man trial was benign, prosecutor says

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MILWAUKEE--A Facebook comment made on the live stream of jury deliberations in the Slender Man stabbing case was a benign bluff and was not based on any breach of the sequestration order, officials announced Friday.

As the jury deciding the insanity defense of Anissa Weier tried to get its verdict straight late on the evening of Sept. 15, WISN-...Read more

Franken says he won't run for president in 2020

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Minnesota Sen. Al Franken delighted a huge and enthusiastic audience that filled Hogg Auditorium Friday to see him in person, and the adjacent Texas Union Theater to see him, seconds later, in simulcast, to kick off the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival on the University of Texas campus.

But ultimately, Franken, who counts himself ...Read more

Kim's insult helps US residents expand vocabulary

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President Donald Trump fired off "Rocket Man."

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the target of that verbal missile launch, shot back a flurry of taunts, calling America's leader "a rogue," "a frightened dog," a "gangster fond of playing with fire."

But it was one word that lighted up social media, sent countless masses thumbing through ...Read more

Trump pledges to campaign for Moore if Strange loses in Alabama

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President Donald Trump traveled south Friday night to urge Alabamians to vote for Sen. Luther Strange. But he said he would campaign for Strange's opponent if Strange loses.

Strange, who was appointed to the seat, faces former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the Tuesday GOP primary runoff to serve out the rest of former Sen. ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Former Senate leader Bob Dole hospitalized for low blood pressure

WASHINGTON -- Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., last week for low blood pressure, Fox News reported.

Dole, 94, and his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., tweeted confirmation of the story....Read more