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Suspect says imam planned to blow himself up in Barcelona

8 hours 33 min ago

MADRID (AP) — An extremist cell was preparing bombs for an imam who planned to blow himself up at a Barcelona monument, a key suspect in the attacks that killed 15 people in northeastern Spain told a judge Tuesday, according to a judicial official.


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Judge seeks quick trial for deported Mexican man

9 hours 55 min ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge who has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump's scorn on Tuesday urged a quick trial for a Mexican man who had been shielded from being deported from the U.S. and claims he was wrongly expelled.


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Family of abducted Chinese scholar speak of helplessness

August 22, 2017 - 6:45pm

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Family and friends of a Chinese woman who was abducted while studying at the University of Illinois said Tuesday they won't give up on finding the missing woman.


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The Latest: Agency had wanted judge to toss shooter's suit

August 22, 2017 - 6:11pm

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a judge shot in Ohio (all times local):


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Missouri governor halts execution to examine questions over DNA

August 22, 2017 - 6:06pm

By Chris Kenning CHICAGO (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens halted the execution of a man scheduled to be put to death on Tuesday for killing a woman during a burglary after his attorneys argued that recent DNA evidence showed he is innocent. Greitens issued the stay of execution for Marcellus Williams, 48, just over four hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection in a Bonne Terre state prison for the stabbing death of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle during an August 1998 robbery at her home. Greitens said in a statement he would appoint a Board of Inquiry to examine the new DNA evidence and recommend whether he should commute Williams' death sentence.


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Doctors Bombarded by Calls From Those Who Believe They Suffered Eye Damage During Eclipse

August 22, 2017 - 5:06pm

While most sky watchers have nothing to worry about, a few people may have suffered serious eye damage.


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US cuts, delays $300 million in aid to Egypt, citing rights

August 22, 2017 - 4:31pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday cut nearly $100 million in military and economic aid to Egypt and delayed almost $200 million more in military financing to Egypt, pending human rights improvements and action to ease harsh restrictions on civic and other non-governmental groups. The moves underscore the administration's delicate diplomacy with Egypt, which has been widely criticized for its rights record and yet is a staunch counterterrorism partner.


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Biological Mother Charged With Murdering Adopted Teen

August 22, 2017 - 4:16pm

The adopted teen had recently come to live with her


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Republican leader Mitch McConnell 'doubts whether Trump can salvage his administration'

August 22, 2017 - 4:07pm

The top Republican in the Senate is said to be privately questioning whether Donald Trump can “salvage” his administration and has reportedly not spoken to the President for weeks. The cold relationship between Mr Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could threaten the Republican legislative agenda, which is already months behind schedule. Members of the party face several urgent deadlines when they return to Washington next month, and Mr Trump has still not secured a major legislative victory since being inaugurated in January.


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32 letters filed in support of prof charged in Chicago death

August 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 30 colleagues and friends of a former Northwestern University professor charged in the brutal stabbing death of a 26-year-old man wrote letters supporting him both as a friend and a scientist whose research included academic work on the bacteria that cause plague.


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Energy Transfer sues Greenpeace over Dakota pipeline

August 22, 2017 - 3:10pm

Energy Transfer Partners LP on Tuesday sued Greenpeace and other environmental groups, accusing them of launching an "eco-terrorism" campaign aimed at blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline, the center of months of opposition by Native American and green groups. The pipeline operator said Greenpeace, Earth First and other organizations engaged in "acts of terrorism" to solicit donations and interfere with its pipeline construction activities, damaging its "critical business and financial relationships." ETP said the groups' actions and negative publicity against it, its sister company Energy Transfer Equity LP and other firms caused billions of dollars in damages. Greenpeace USA General Counsel Tom Wetterer said the company's lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in Bismarck, North Dakota, "abuse(d) the legal system to silence legitimate advocacy work." In May the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline began interstate crude oil delivery, but a federal appeals court judge in June ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider its environmental review of the line, opening up the possibility that the line could be shut at a later date.


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Exclusive: U.S. to withhold up to $290 million in Egypt aid

August 22, 2017 - 2:12pm

By Arshad Mohammed and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The decision reflects a U.S. desire to continue security cooperation as well as frustration with Cairo's stance on civil liberties, notably a new law that regulates non-governmental organizations that is widely seen as part a growing crackdown on dissent, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. U.S. officials were especially unhappy that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in May allowed the NGO law to go into effect.


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Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, apologizes for nasty Instagram spat

August 22, 2017 - 2:08pm

Louise Linton, the 36-year-old Scottish actress newly wedded to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, sparked a national kerfuffle Monday when she got into a spat with one of her Instagram followers.


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Barcelona Attack Suspect: I Thought I Was Renting Vans for a House Move

August 22, 2017 - 1:41pm

Suspect Driss Oukabir denied being part of the attackers' cell


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Saudi crown prince discusses Mideast peace with U.S. officials

August 22, 2017 - 12:59pm

Saudi Arabia's crown prince met senior U.S. officials including presidential adviser Jared Kushner in Jeddah on Tuesday and discussed efforts to bring about peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, Saudi state news agency SPA said. Mohammed bin Salman also discussed ways to combat terrorist financing with Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, as well as U.S. negotiator Jason Greenblatt and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, SPA said.


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More Than 2 Dozen Puppies Found in a Hot Van: 'They Were Literally on Top of Each Other'

August 22, 2017 - 12:59pm

The puppies were severely dehydrated after their ordeal.


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Palestinians seek answers from US envoy Kushner

August 22, 2017 - 11:39am

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians are hoping for some clear answers on key disputes with Israel from U.S. envoy Jared Kushner when he returns to the region this week, a top Palestinian official said Tuesday.


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White Farmers Sue Zimbabwe President Over Land Seizures

August 22, 2017 - 11:34am

The U.S. and other Western donors put heavy sanctions on Zimbabwe after the controversial seizures, during which several white farmers were killed.


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The stray dogs of Chernobyl

August 22, 2017 - 11:28am

An estimated 900 stray dogs live in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, many of them likely the descendants of dogs left behind following the mass evacuation of residents in the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear disaster. Volunteers, including veterinarians and radiation experts from around the world, are participating in an initiative called the Dogs of Chernobyl, launched by the nonprofit Clean Futures Fund. Participants capture the dogs, study their radiation exposure, vaccinate them against parasites and diseases including rabies, tag the dogs and release them again into the exclusion zone.


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