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Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show

Wed Sep 17, 2014

It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface. Full Story

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15 Syrian children die after getting vaccinations

Wed Sep 17, 2014

At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria, while the death toll from two days of government airstrikes on a central city climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war, activists said. Full Story

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Experts: Chopin's heart shows signs of TB

Wed Sep 17, 2014

The preserved heart of composer Frederic Chopin contains signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease, medical experts said Wednesday. Full Story

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Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies

Wed Sep 17, 2014

The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy -- her husband. Full Story

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Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign

Wed Sep 17, 2014

For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state. Full Story

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Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

Wed Sep 17, 2014

It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: "Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?" Full Story

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Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

Tue Sep 16, 2014

The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes. Full Story

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Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

Wed Sep 17, 2014

About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday. Full Story

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New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment

Wed Sep 17, 2014

The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails. Full Story

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AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

Wed Sep 17, 2014

Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group. Full Story

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Researchers locate site of gas chambers in Poland

Wed Sep 17, 2014

Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers say they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, one of the death camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland. Full Story

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Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

Wed Sep 17, 2014

An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa. Full Story

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Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

Wed Sep 17, 2014

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control. Full Story

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Los Cabos in a mess 3 days after Odile's wrath

Wed Sep 17, 2014

Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm. Full Story

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Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Queen Elizabeth II can keep her magnificent Scottish castle at Balmoral should Scots vote for independence -- and chances are she will be able to keep her role as well. Full Story

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UN leader begins term during period of 'tumult'

Wed Sep 17, 2014

Sam Kutesa began his first day as president of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday by describing the current year as "tumultuous" and the year ahead as "momentous" for the United Nations as it marks its 70th anniversary. Full Story

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Milestones of Scots' journey to independence vote

Wed Sep 17, 2014

These are the milestones of Scotland's journey from Great Britain to the United Kingdom and, following Thursday's vote, a possible return to independence. Full Story

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UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

Wed Sep 17, 2014

The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe." Full Story