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Ukraine rebels seek ‘special status’

MINSK — Pro-Russia separatists sat down for preliminary Ukraine peace talks on Monday due to resume later this week in the Belarusian capital Minsk, saying they would be prepared to stay part of Ukraine if they were granted “special [...]

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U.N. urges U.S. to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting

GENEVA — The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Mo.

Minorities, [...]

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Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

LONDON — Britain raised its international terrorism threat level to the second highest level of “severe” on Friday in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq, Home Secretary Theresa May said.

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Big U.S. banks seek new clarity on risks of marijuana-linked accounts

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 28 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Major banks are getting increasingly wary of some transactions with smaller banks that have begun to allow marijuana businesses to open accounts. Officials at the bigger institutions say they fear bei [...]

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Google tests airborne drones to deliver goods

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Google Inc is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering anything from candy to medicine, the Internet company said on Thursday.

The effort, which Google calls Project Wing, mar [...]

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After the riots, Ferguson businesses long for normal

FERGUSON, Mo. — When Ferguson business owner Chantelle Nickson-Clark spoke at a St. Louis County council meeting this week. her voice shook with anger.

The Swiish Bar and Grill that she owns in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson was fo [...]

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Released U.S. hostage says he’s overwhelmed by welcome home

WASHINGTON — An American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of attention he received after returning home, he told reporters on Wednesday.

Peter Theo Curtis [...]

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Suzuki recalls sedans in U.S. as spider webs block gas vents

DETROIT, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Spiders drawn to gasoline vapors and weaving webs that block a hose to vent those vapors have caused Suzuki Motor of America to recall about 19,000 Kizashi mid-size sedans from model years 2010 to 2013, U.S. regulators [...]

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President Obama tells veterans better mental health care on the way

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug 26 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to make amends with veterans on Tuesday, announcing steps to expand their access to mental health care and an initiative with financial companies to lower home loan costs for milita [...]

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Woman with no fingerprints faces theft, forgery charges in Colorado

DENVER — A disbarred lawyer who removed her fingerprints to hide her identity will be extradited to Colorado to faces charges that she swindled at least two people out of their homes, authorities said on Wednesday.

Ann Marie Miller, 4 [...]

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Calm largely holds in Missouri after grand jury opens shooting investigation

FERGUSON, Mo. — Small crowds staged largely peaceful protests late on Wednesday over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the calmest night since riots erupted over the racially charged kill [...]

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Atlanta hospital discharging doctor treated with experimental Ebola drug

ATLANTA — An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with an experimental drug, his charity said.

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Obama says U.S. will be relentless with Islamic State after beheading

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed that the United States will not be swayed from airstrikes against Islamic State after the group beheaded an American journalist, an act he said is proof that the militants stand fo [...]

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U.S. attorney general heads for racially charged St. Louis suburb

FERGUSON, Mo. — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was visiting Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in the 11th straight night of demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a w [...]

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Mine-resistant vehicle ‘a tool in the toolbox,’ Johnson County sheriff says

IOWA CITY — Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek is defending the county’s recent acquisition of a mine-resistant vehicle amid nationwide calls to “demilitarize” local law enforcement.

“It’s a tool [...]

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