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Chicago Cubs give their longest-suffering fans a bit of hope

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 6:51pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- Living in a nursing home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, 82-year-old Edith Heath knows something about faith....
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New tally in Saudi hajj disaster shows at least 1,399 killed

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 6:32pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,399 people during the hajj pilgrimage, a new tally Thursday showed, 630 more than the kingdom's official toll....
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In Oregon visit, Obama will find grief but also resentment

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 6:30pm
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- When President Barack Obama arrives here Friday, he will find a timber town still in mourning over the shooting that killed eight community college students and a teacher. But he will also find another deeply held emotion - seething anger over his calls for new gun restrictions....
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After the flood, a rush to preserve drinking water

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 5:38pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's capital city had too much water. Now, officials are racing to make sure it has enough....
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VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:27pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars....
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Sexual assaults in study-abroad programs draw new attention

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:34pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- As colleges wrestle with how to address sexual assault, a legal challenge involving a small Vermont institution brings an obscure part of the equation to the fore: how to report, investigate and punish sexual assaults that happen in overseas-study programs....
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Prudhomme, Louisiana chef who popularized Cajun food, dies

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:53pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. He was 75....
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New Nobel literature prize winner transcends easy categories

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:26pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- With a reporter's eye and an artist's heart, Svetlana Alexievich writes of the catastrophes, upheaval and personal woes that have afflicted the Soviet Union and the troubled countries that succeeded it. Her writings, characterized by plain language and detail so visceral it's sometimes painful to read, won her this year's Nobel literature prize....
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Daily fantasy football draws attention, ire of NCAA

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:04pm
Watch any of the weekend's college football games and it's hard to go even 30 minutes without seeing a commercial for upstart sites DraftKings and FanDuel....
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McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 1:48pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos....
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Why is elephant cancer rare? Answer might help treat humans

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 12:14pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cancer is much less common in elephants than in humans, even though the big beasts' bodies have many more cells. That's a paradox known among scientists, and now researchers think they may have an explanation - one they say might someday lead to new ways to protect people from cancer....
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Actor Daniel Craig: I'm over James Bond

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 10:28am
LONDON (AP) -- Actor Daniel Craig has said he wants to move on from the James Bond franchise and that, for now, he would rather slit his wrists than do another Bond movie....
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Greek town glimpses mass transit future: driverless buses

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 9:34am
TRIKALA, Greece (AP) -- There'll be no arguing with the driver on this bus: the rides are free and there's no driver anyway....
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NATO chief: Alliance OKs changes to meet new threats

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 8:23am
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO's secretary-general says the U.S.-led alliance has finalized plans for a response force of up to 40,000, twice the current size, and new NATO headquarters offices in Hungary and Slovakia....
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Finding recorder key to solving the sinking of cargo ship

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 5:01am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Investigators trying to determine why a 790-foot cargo ship stalled and sank in the howling winds of Hurricane Joaquin will be searching for a brightly colored device bolted to the deck and pinging away in the blackness and pressure of the 15,000-foot-deep sea....
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Researcher: Children's cancer linked to Fukushima radiation

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:26am
TOKYO (AP) -- A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring....
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Some travelers love to hate the new discount airlines

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:13am
DALLAS (AP) -- When the delay on his 90-minute flight stretched past the four-hour mark, David Rankin started tweeting to Spirit Airlines as he and other passengers grew restless....
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Oregon gunman killed himself after police shot him

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:31am
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- The gunman in last week's rampage at an Oregon community college was wounded in a shootout with police officers before he killed himself in the classroom where his victims lay dead and wounded, authorities said....
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Syrian militant group recasts itself as moderate option

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:11am
BEIRUT (AP) -- The militants brought the two men into a square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, then announced their punishment for failing to attend Friday prayers: 25 lashes delivered by a hose-wielding militant that left their backs covered in welts and dark bruises....
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