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Syria’s Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons

In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo, Ramadan Haidar, father of Mahmoud, a 23-year-old Syrian who was killed while fighting in the military, sits in his living room under photos of his son, in the city of Tartous, the capital of a coastal province in Syria. More soldiers have...
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Burkina Faso leader steps down, vote in 90 days

Protestors pour water on a injured man near the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against their longtime president Blaise Compaore who is seeking another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s...

Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman’s Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said...
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Syrian rebels enter Kurdish town from Turkey

In this Tuesday, Oct. 28 photo, thousands of supporters of Kurdish Peshmerga forces gather to celebrate and wait for the troops to cross the border into Turkey en route to Kobani, at the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing, in the Northern Kurdish Region of Iraq. A group of Iraqi...
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Cuba tries to drive up fertility amid baby slump

In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, several pregnant women are reflected in a mirror while they watch television at a special maternity unit for high-risk pregnancies in Havana, Cuba. The country’s governing Council of Ministers announced this week that it will soon unveil...
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Cause sought for space-supply rocket explosion

An unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket explodes shortly after takeoff at Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA’s commercial spaceflight effort....
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Giants, Royals ready for wild World Series finish

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title. No way, Buster. Because in this...
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LeBron back home, Spurs back on top as NBA returns

LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam. The San Antonio Spurs are already one. No big changes were necessary for the Spurs, who simply kept the gang together. They brought back nearly every...

Oil slips below $80, energy stocks fall

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell below $80 a barrel Monday morning and investors resumed their retreat from energy stocks. Mounting evidence of rising supplies and weak demand continues to sour investors on prospects for crude oil and the companies that produce it....
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Fed will likely signal no rate hike anytime soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The global economy has slumped. Turmoil has gripped financial markets. And the U.S. job market, despite steady gains, still isn’t fully healthy. Yet when the Federal Reserve meets this week, few foresee any major policy changes. The Fed is expected...