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  • Toddler shot in drive-by near Seattle dies

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    Deadly suicide attack in Afghanistan (11 photos)

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  • British royal baby's first A to Z

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  • Mugabe 'shocked, disgusted' by South African anti-immigrant violence

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  • Russia's vast Arctic gas project aims to avoid Ukraine deep freeze

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  • Email: Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor

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  • Ohio officer praised for restraint, refused to shoot suspect

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  • Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal

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  • California prepares for historic mandatory cutbacks on water

    California water officials drafted a slate of mandatory conservation regulations Saturday, part of a first-ever attempt at mandatory rationing for the state, which is facing its fourth consecutive year of drought.

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  • Iran Guard rejects inspection of military sites

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Sunday that inspectors would be barred from military sites under any nuclear agreement with world powers.

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  • France provides first weapons to Lebanon for Islamic State fight

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    Bee all you can bee. Washington highway closed by overturned truck loaded with bees (14 photos)

    A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping…

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  • Sheriff: Cannot yet arrest woman bragging of killing cat

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas sheriff said Saturday that he could not arrest and charge a veterinarian shown in a Facebook post bragging about killing a cat with a bow and arrow unless an investigation determines the picture of the dead cat is genuine.

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