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German opera singer Theo Adam dies at 92

BERLIN (AP) " Theo Adam, a German opera singer renowned for his Wagner roles, has died. He was 92.German news agency dpa quoted Adam's family Friday confirming that the bass-baritone died Thursday at a care home in his hometown of Dresden.Adam made his debut at the Staatsoper Dresden in 1949 before...

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Bernie Sanders faces questions about political future

NEW YORK (AP) " Allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are rallying behind the embattled presidential prospect even as they reluctantly begin to ponder the painful possibility of a 2020 campaign without him.The 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist is the most prominent contender to face a...

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The Latest: Neighbor says she didn't see teen near cabin

BARRON, Wis. (AP) " The Latest on a Wisconsin teenager who was found alive three months after disappearing following her parents' deaths (all times local):10:35 a.m.A neighbor says she and her husband had problems years ago with the man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her...

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The Latest: US withdrawal from Syria so far limited to cargo

BAGHDAD (AP) " The Latest on Syria and U.S. military pullout (all times local):6:15 p.m.A U.S. defense official says no American troops have withdrawn yet from Syria, but some military cargo has been pulled out.The official said the movement of equipment is part of what the military calls the start...

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Wisconsin man, 21, arrested in teen's abduction

BARRON, Wis. (AP) " A 21-year-old man is jailed in the deaths of a Wisconsin couple he killed because he wanted to kidnap their teenage daughter, investigators said Friday, a day after the girl approached a stranger along a rural road saying she'd been abducted in October and held against her...

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US official says withdrawal from Syria has begun

BAGHDAD (AP) " After days of conflicting statements about a timeline for President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces from Syria, a U.S. defense official said Friday the process has begun with the removal of some military cargo.The official said the movement of equipment is part of...

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US flu season appears milder, one year after brutal one

NEW YORK (AP) " It's early, but officials say the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter's unusually brutal one.In most parts of the country right now, the flu strain causing the most illness is a somewhat milder virus. It tends not to cause as many hospitalizations and...

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EU offers UK helping hand, but no reopening of Brexit deal

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) " European Union officials are working with Britain on ways to help Prime Minister Theresa May avoid a no-deal British departure from the bloc, although an EU leader insisted Friday that his helping hand won't include any renegotiation of the Brexit divorce deal.As...

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EU OKs Poland's wild boar slaughter to fight swine disease

WARSAW, Poland (AP) " The European Union's executive body is supporting Poland's slaughter of wild boars as a way of protecting farm pigs and meat production from the deadly African swine fever.The government's decision to shoot some 200,000 wild boars this hunting season has drawn wide public...

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) " Poland has arrested a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and one of its own former counter-espionage officers and charged them with spying on Poland for China, state television and officials reported Friday.The development comes as the U.S. is exerting pressure on...

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) " The Latest on the espionage-related arrests in Poland (all times local):3:40 p.m.Orange, a leading telecommunications company in Poland, says it's cooperating with the Polish security services who say a Polish employee at the company and a Chinese manager for tech giant Huawei...

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CAIRO (AP) " Protests calling for the resignation of Sudan's autocratic President Omar al-Bashir are ongoing in and around the capital Khartoum, with activists circulating videos showing hundreds marching at, at least, half a dozen sites.Eyewitnesses said that police fired tear gas at demonstrators...

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BERLIN (AP) " The far-right Alternative for Germany faces a new challenge from a breakaway faction after a once-prominent member confirmed Friday that he has quit to found a rival party.Andre Poggenburg told German news agency dpa that he believes his new movement stands a chance of entering state...

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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) " The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):3:40 p.m.African regional organizations are "taking note" of Congo's disputed presidential election results and do not congratulate the officially declared winner.The statements by the southern African and Great...

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) " A top European Union official on Friday warned Romania that rancorous political feuding could overshadow its presidency of the EU.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that domestically Romania needs "an atmosphere and spirit of consensus," because...

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " The Spanish government's bid to pass a national budget is doomed unless it bends to the demands of Catalonia's separatists for a referendum on secession, the leader of the wealthy northeastern region says.Catalan regional president Quim Torra told The Associated Press in an...

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WASHINGTON (AP) " President Donald Trump says changes are coming in the way that the U.S. handles temporary H1-B visas, which allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S. from abroad.Trump tweeted Friday that those who hold the temporary H1-B visas can "rest...

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " A U.S. judge will hear arguments Friday over California's attempt to block new rules by the Trump administration that would allow more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.Judge Haywood Gilliam previously blocked an interim version of those rules " a...

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China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon's far side

BEIJING (AP) " China on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon's far side, in what its space program hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission to the less-understood sector of the lunar surface.The pictures on state broadcaster CCTV showed the Jade Rabbit...

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Snow in the Balkans disrupts traffic, closes down schools

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) " Heavy snowfall this week in the Balkans has closed down schools, left some remote villages cut off and disrupted traffic and power supplies in many areas in the region.Serbia's state TV said Friday that four municipalities in the southwest of the country have introduced...

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