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  • Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes
    Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes

    WEED, Calif. (AP) — A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.

  • Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism
    Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent.

  • Snowden: NSA collects mass data on New Zealanders
    Snowden: NSA collects mass data on New Zealanders

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former National Security Agency systems analyst turned leaker Edward Snowden said Monday that the NSA is collecting mass surveillance data on New Zealanders through its XKeyscore program and has set up a facility in the South Pacific nation's largest city to tap into vast amounts of data.

  • A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO
    A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO

    BRUSSELS (AP) — If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.

  • Tipping Your Hotel Housekeepers Matters More Than You Ever Knew

    Former first lady of California Maria Shriver and Marriott hotels have announced a new initiative that encourages hotel guests to tip the people who clean their rooms.

  • Ukraine to ratify EU pact, offer rebels self-rule
    Ukraine to ratify EU pact, offer rebels self-rule

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine is set to ratify a disputed EU agreement and offer limited self-rule to parts of the separatist east as it moves to turn the page on the bloodiest chapter of its post-Soviet history.

  • Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids
    Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids

    NEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.

  • Hong Kong rethinks rules after Alibaba IPO loss
    Hong Kong rethinks rules after Alibaba IPO loss

    HONG KONG (AP) — Alibaba's choice of New York over Hong Kong for its blockbuster IPO was a blow for the Chinese financial center. Now, the city's stock market is starting to rethink rules that stopped it from accommodating the Chinese e-commerce giant's unique management setup.

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