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Police are the "fists and daggers" in the fight against terrorism, China's President Xi Jinping said on a trip to the western Xinjiang region where authorities say members of a Muslim minority are waging a violent separatist campaign. Xi's tour, reported in state media late on Monday, was his first to the region since a ruling Communist Party conclave in November in which he ushered in a national security commission to combat foreign and domestic threats. Xi has raised the pitch of his warnings on security threats after a spate of deadly attacks, including one in the southwestern city of Kunming in March in which 29 people were killed and 140 injured by knife-wielding attackers who the government said were militants from Xinjiang.
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Crews Battle 11 Major California Wildfires Amid Drought, Heat Wave
Crews battled nearly a dozen major wildfires across California on Monday that have forced hundreds of people to flee, destroyed dozens of homes and structures and charred thousands of acres of forest land left bone dry by the state's record drought. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the most destructive of the 11 blazes, the Courtney Fire, quickly blackened 320 acres east of Yosemite after it erupted on Sunday, burning several homes to the ground. In Oregon, residents on opposite ends of the state were warned they may need to evacuate as high temperatures fed two growing wildfires.
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Obama Awards Medal Of Honor To Two Vietnam Heroes
President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to two Vietnam veterans on Monday — one living and one who died in combat. According to the president, Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat was "determined to serve his country." While he was with his company in Vietnam on January 17, 1970, one of the soldiers tripped a grenade. Obama said, "In that moment, he could’ve run." But instead, Sloat picked up the grenade and held it close to his body, taking on the full impact of the explosion. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins was present to receive his award. Medal of Honor recommendations typically must be made within two years of the act of heroism, but Congress made an exception for Sloat and Adkins. The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest military honor.
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Alibaba Will Raise IPO Range To $66 To $68: Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Alibaba Group Holding is prepared to raise the price range on its initial public offering to $66 to $68 a share, from $60 to $66 previously. Alibaba's executives are currently touring several major cities on the company's global roadshow. Sources say demand for the IPO, which could be the world's largest, has been strong.
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Mad Men Star Kevin Rahm And Wife Welcome A Baby Girl!
Congratulations to Kevin Rahm and Amy Lonkar on the birth of their first child! The 43-year-old Mad Men actor and his surgeon wife welcomed a baby girl named Hunter today. The couple posted an adorable father-daughter picture on his Twitter after the exciting birth! The actor wrote, "My new favorite Human. Thank you @UCDavisChildren for your amazing staff and excellent care." The Mad Men Twitter account even tweeted about the exciting news, writing, "@KevinRahm congrats to you and your wife!"
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Vince Young -- Financial Advisor Screwed Me ... I Never Took $700k Loan
Vince Young is firing back at allegations he took out and never repaid a $700k loan telling TMZ Sports his crooked ex-financial advisor signed the papers behind his back and Vince never saw one single dime. But Vince tells TMZ Sports , he's the "real victim" of a scheme concocted by his former financial advisor Ron Peoples. Vince says,"He was doing things without my approval -- getting big loans out.
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Colombia Considering Pre-financing 2015 Borrowing Needs - Finance Minister
Colombian Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas said on Monday the government could start early to pre-finance some of its estimated $3 billion in 2015 borrowing needs by tapping international capital markets before year-end. Cardenas, who is in New York meeting with investors, said the nation's currency, the peso, has weakened against the U.S. dollar to levels it considers consistent with "macroeconomic equilibrium.
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Robin Thicke Admits He "Was High On Vicodin And Alcohol" During "Blurred Lines" Recording
Robin Thicke's deposition for his ongoing lawsuit with Marvin Gaye's kids—who allege that his hit "Blurred Lines" was a rip-off of their father's famous "Got to Give It Up"—was extremely candid, to say the least. When Thicke's song came into question, specifically the similarities with Gaye's track, he admitted that despite his earlier interviews, he didn't come up with the song whatsoever and has limited memory of recording it.
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Union Expects To File Rice Appeal Tuesday
The players' union on Tuesday plans to appeal the indefinite suspension the NFL handed to Ray Rice last week. NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah told The Associated Press on Monday ''we are expecting to appeal before the deadline on Tuesday night.'' That deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT. Rice originally was suspended two games under the NFL's personal conduct policy for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator.
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Judge Sees Confession Tape In '79 Missing Boy Case
After the videotape clicks on, 53-year-old Pedro Hernandez calmly tells investigators how he choked 6-year-old Etan Patz in the basement of a Manhattan convenience store on May 25, 1979. He describes putting the boy, who was still alive, into a plastic bag, then putting the bag inside a box and dumping it nearby. The tape was played at a hearing Monday to determine whether or not the confession can be used as evidence at Hernandez' murder trial — not whether the statements are true.