• From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant

    As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there. Denis Cuspert was once a modestly successful member of Germany's hip-hop scene going by the…

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  • Florida granddad Don Spirit who killed family had also fatally shot son years before

    The Florida man who police say gunned down his daughter and six grandchildren Thursday had been to prison for fatally shooting his young son during a hunting trip 13 years ago, according to court records. Don Charles Spirit, 51, phoned the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Department around 4 p.m.…

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  • Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU trade deal

    By Robin Emmott and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia has demanded changes to a free-trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union, underlining that Moscow was not satisfied by a last-minute concession from the EU to delay implementing the pact at the heart of the conflict in…

    Reuters
  • Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis

    Officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis, the second fatal police shooting of a black suspect in the region since the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Two officers fired a combined 25 shots Wednesday night after a chase in which…

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  • France begins strikes in Iraq as anti-jihadist drive widens

    France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq Friday, boosting US-led efforts to unite the world against the growing threat posed by the jihadists. More than a decade after Paris famously refused to back the invasion of Iraq, France became the first nation to join…

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  • Baltimore cop who cut dog's throat was within his rights: lawyer

    Baltimore cop who cut dog's throat was within his rights: lawyer By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - A Baltimore police officer facing felony animal cruelty charges after cutting the throat of a dog that bit a pregnant woman on the hand in June was legally authorized to euthanize the animal,…

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  • Thai PM 'sorry' for bikini remarks after UK tourist murders

    Thailand's junta chief apologised Thursday for suggesting tourists in bikinis could be more vulnerable to attack, comments which caused an international outcry following the brutal murder of two British holidaymakers. "They think our country is beautiful and is safe so they can do whatever they…

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  • JetBlue flight makes emergency landing at California airport, four hurt

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four people were injured on Thursday when a JetBlue plane carrying 147 people made an emergency landing at the Long, Beach, California, airport, because of an engine issue, an airport spokeswoman said. JetBlue Flight 1416, which had just departed for Austin,…

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  • Newest Climate Change Danger: GIANT SPIDERS

    The spiders may have reached the upper range of their possible sizes because they have been able to consume a larger-than-usual amount of tasty prey, reports the Daily Mail. “This year has been seemingly a good one for the invertebrates which spiders feed on, and it’s quite mild out there,” said…

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  • Residents grab guns to deter looters in Mexico resort

    Residents of Mexico's Los Cabos resort armed themselves with guns and machetes in hurricane-battered neighborhoods to defend their homes from looters, as troops were deployed. The government sent extra federal police and soldiers to the Baja California peninsula to counter widespread looting that…

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  • Girl was bait to try to catch boy ‘in the act,’ sexual harassment lawsuit says

    A civil lawsuit working its way through the federal appeals process alleges that a 14-year-old middle school girl was raped after school officials used her as bait to try to catch a male student “in the act” after she reported his sexual harassment. With growing pressure on college campuses to…

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  • Killings in Guinea show mistrust in Africa Ebola fight: WHO

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The killing in Guinea of eight people trying to educate locals about Ebola showed how much rural populations in West Africa mistrust authorities after years of instability and conflict, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. Eight bodies were…

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  • Kansas Democrat asks court to require new U.S. Senate candidate

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - A Kansas Democrat has asked the state Supreme Court to order his own party to name a new U.S. Senate candidate for the November election after the court ruled the name of a county prosecutor who withdrew must be pulled from the ballot. David Orel, in a…

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    Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria (9 photos)

    Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, SyriaFor more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed

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  • Mother of 5 Convicted of Killing Adopted Son Granted New Trial

    A Texas state appellate court granted Hannah Overton, 37, a new trial Wednesday. Overton, a devout Christian, was convicted in 2007 of killing her 4-year-old adopted son, Andrew Burd, and sentenced to life in prison. Her husband, Larry Overton, told ABC News today, "It's starting to sink in.

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  • Lizard in food sends 300 school children in India to hospital

    By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - About 300 pupils at an Indian school were rushed to a hospital after consuming government-provided lunches, evoking memories of 23 children who died last year after eating food from the same welfare scheme.     A dead lizard was found in one of the seven food…

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  • Austrian town officials resign after Nazi basement film

    Two conservative town council members in eastern Austria have resigned from their posts and left the People's Party after a documentary film showed them singing and toasting one another in a basement room filled with Nazi memorabilia. The case has prompted extensive media coverage in Austria, which…

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