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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.

D [...]

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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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Liberia fights Ebola in crowded capital

MONROVIA/GENEVA — Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, rundown oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose abo [...]

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St. Louis police fatally shoot man who brandished knife

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis city police officers shot and killed a man they say brandished a knife at them outside a market Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting was about 12:30 p.m., police said.

Witnesses said the man who was shot had bee [...]

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Indicted Texas Governor Rick Perry to turn himself in for fingerprints, photo

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry plans to turn himself in to authorities for fingerprinting and a mug shot on Tuesday after he was indicted by a jury in the state last week on two felony charges of abusing power, local news repor [...]

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Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids - reports

Aug 19 (Reuters) - Google Inc is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and give their parents control over how the service is used, according to media reports.

Google has been working on a version of YouTube, [...]

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Cost of raising a child in U.S. tops $245,000, USDA says

WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - An average middle-income family in the United States can expect to spend about $245,000 over 18 years to raise a child born in 2013, the U.S. government estimated on Monday.

The Department of Agriculture’ [...]

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Texas Governor Perry indicted for abuse of power: media reports

AUSTIN - Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted by a grand jury in Texas on two counts of abuse of power and coercion over threats he made last year where he was seen as trying to force a local prosecutor to resign, news reports said on Friday.

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