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The Latest: Russia says US 'not serious' on Syria withdrawal

BAGHDAD (AP) " The Latest on Syria and U.S. military pullout (all times local):1:25 p.m.Russia's Foreign Ministry says the Americans are not serious about withdrawing from Syria.Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that it appears to Moscow that the U.S. "is looking for a...

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Thai police: Canada, Australia willing to accept Saudi woman

BANGKOK (AP) " Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the U.N. refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family, Thai police said Friday.Thailand's immigration police chief, Surachate Hakparn, told reporters the U.N. was accelerating...

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APNewsBreak: US approved thousands of child bride requests

WASHINGTON (AP) " Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.The...

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Wisconsin town rejoices after missing teen found alive

MADISON, Wis. (AP) " A Wisconsin teenager missing for nearly three months after her parents were killed in the family home was found alive barely an hour's drive away, by a woman who stumbled across the 13-year-old girl and pounded on her neighbors' door shouting: "This is Jayme Closs! Call...

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WASHINGTON (AP) " President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.Some...

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CAIRO (AP) " U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the Trump administration's anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states on Friday as he continued a nine-nation tour of the Middle East aimed at reassuring America's partners that withdrawing troops from Syria does not mean Washington is abandoning...

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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 a...

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WASHINGTON (AP) " The Latest on President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, agreeing to testify publicly before Congress (all times local):10 p.m.President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve...

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) " Rachael Weatherly is a senior adviser for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but she's considering trying to get a job at a grocery store.Weatherly is among the 800,000 federal employees who aren't getting paychecks for the first time Friday because of the lingering...

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) " Mungau Dain, who earned the role in the Oscar-nominated film "Tanna" because his elders decided he was the best-looking guy in their traditional village on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, has died.Dain died Saturday in the capital Port Vila, after contracting a...

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Local Texas GOP rejects outing vice chair over his faith

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) " Republicans in one of the most populous counties in Texas voted Thursday to keep a Muslim doctor as their party vice chairman following infighting over some members' claims about his beliefs.The executive committee of the Tarrant County Republican Party voted 139-49 to...

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Detained Nissan's ex-chair Ghosn recovers from fever

TOKYO (AP) " Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn has recovered from a fever, his lawyer Motonari Ohtsuru said Friday as the 64-year-old executive's latest detention period was set to expire.His wife Carole Ghosn issued a statement overnight out of Paris, expressing concern over his sickness."I am...

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California governor offers $144B budget, sees big surplus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) " California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a state budget proposal Thursday that seemingly does it all " boosts spending toward his ambitious campaign promises and sets aside significant contributions toward debts and savings.It appears he can have his cake and eat it too...

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Man who fired on police station sentenced to 195 years

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) " A gunman sentenced to 195 years in prison for an attack on a police station apologized Thursday to the parents of an undercover narcotics detective who was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow officer during the ambush.Before a judge sentenced him, Michael Ford said he...

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Trump administration eyes disaster money to fund border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Trump administration is considering using billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas and more than a dozen other states to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall as he weighs signing a national emergency...

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Former FEMA boss says border situation is not an emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) " The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday that what's happening on the U.S. southern border is no emergency.Craig Fugate, who ran the national disaster agency for nearly eight years under President Barack Obama and was head of Florida's disaster...

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Australia praises Thai move on Saudi, concerned about player

BANGKOK (AP) " Australia's foreign minister praised Thailand for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention.Marise Payne met...

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US border agent pleads not guilty to killing 4 Texas women

LAREDO, Texas (AP) " A U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas has pleaded not guilty to capital murder and other charges in the September killings of four women who prosecutors say were sex workers.Juan David Ortiz entered the pleas Thursday before a judge in the border city of Laredo. He is accused of...

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Documentary puts new attention on R. Kelly sex allegations

R. Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, has been dogged for years by allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls " accusations he and his attorneys have long denied.But an Illinois prosecutor's plea for potential victims and witnesses to come forward...

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Democrats question Treasury chief on Russian oligarch

WASHINGTON (AP) " Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers in a classified briefing Thursday that the Trump administration will keep strict U.S. sanctions on Oleg Deripaska and any companies he owns, but Democrats say they still have concerns that the government is being too soft on the...

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