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Bandits in Guinea steal blood samples suspected of Ebola infection; officials plead for return

52 min 17 sec ago
CONAKRY, Guinea - Officials in Guinea say bandits during a roadside robbery stole a cooler containing blood samples that are believed to have Ebola.
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Firefighters battle 3-alarm blaze at Riverdale home

59 min 34 sec ago

Firefighters are battling a three-alarm fire in Riverdale this morning.


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Smiths Falls residents divided on plastic-melting recycling plant

1 hour 51 min ago

Residents in Smiths Falls are considering whether to approve a proposal to build a recycling facility that melts plastic. The plant would be built inside part of the old Hershey Chocolate factory, which shut down in 2008. Steve Sech, who lives near the industrial area, said he's not worried about the possible smell.


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Global shares lifted by U.S. data and Draghi stimulus hints

1 hour 58 min ago

LONDON (Reuters) - World shares headed for a second week of gains on Friday after more reassuring U.S. data, while the yen pulled out of its dive as Japan's finance minister warned its recent weakening had been "too rapid".


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Rolls-Royce wins $5 billion order from Delta

2 hours 20 min ago

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Rolls-Royce said it won a $5 billion contract to supply aero engines to power 50 new Airbus planes ordered by Delta Air Lines .


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An original Hitler: Watercolor by the future Fuehrer going on sale in Germany

2 hours 20 min ago

BERLIN - A 100-year-old watercolour of Munich's city hall is expected to fetch at least 50,000 euros ($60,000) at auction this weekend, not so much for its artistic value as for the signature in the bottom left corner: A. Hitler.


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Intelligence agency's case disclosures rise in fight against terror, dirty cash

2 hours 21 min ago
OTTAWA - New figures show Canada's financial sleuthing agency disclosed more than 1,000 pieces of intelligence to police and security agencies last year.
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Popular Spanish folk singer Isabel Pantoja goes to jail for money laundering

2 hours 36 min ago

MADRID - Popular Spanish folk singer Isabel Pantoja has begun serving a two-year sentence for money laundering after her court appeals were rejected.


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New breed of Egyptian comic artists find ways to circumvent censorship, conservatism

4 hours 42 min ago

CAIRO - A new feminist comic book, the Jewelry Box, has emerged in Egypt, the latest addition in a blossoming scene of alternative comics, as artists seek freer outlets of expression in a country where independent voices are finding it harder to speak.


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Snow comes to an end in Buffalo, but rains possible, bringing threat of floods

5 hours 22 min ago

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A snowfall that brought huge snowdrifts and closed roads around Buffalo was finally expected to stop, but residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and into the coming week raised the possibility of floods and the spectre of roofs collapsing under the heavy loads.


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SEC director with big stock holdings stirs debate

5 hours 37 min ago

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Keith Higgins, who runs the office that reviews public companies' books at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, reported stock holdings worth between about $2 million and $6 million last year and the sale of stocks throughout 2014, according to SEC disclosures viewed by Reuters.     Higgins disclosed holdings in about 90 public companies during his SEC tenure in 2013, making him the biggest investor in individual stocks among the agency's top officials last year. ...


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Marine plans to walk across stage with robotic leg braces to receive Bronze Star

5 hours 40 min ago
SAN DIEGO - Capt. Derek Herrera wanted to remain on active duty after a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan left him paralyzed two years ago.
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Mounties arrest pipeline protesters in B.C., enforcing court injunction

5 hours 50 min ago

A small group of protesters has linked arms and is chanting "Stop Kinder Morgan" as Mounties move in to end the months-long demonstration against the pipeline expansion.


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Takata executive warns about ability to fix deadly air bag flaw

6 hours 1 min ago

By Eric Beech and Ben Klayman WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - An executive from Japan's Takata Corp told U.S. senators on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly air bags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough. The U.S. auto safety regulator also warned of the risks of moving to a nationwide recall, as senators have urged, saying such a move could divert replacement parts from humid regions where the defective air bags are more likely to rupture upon deployment, shooting metal shards into cars. ...


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Obama provokes showdown with Republicans with far-reaching immigration orders

6 hours 27 min ago
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama invited a showdown with newly empowered Republicans in Congress, ordering far-reaching changes to the U.S. immigration system that will protect nearly 5 million people from deportation while testing the limits of his presidential powers.
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Killing of Miss Honduras both family tragedy and national outrage in violence-ridden country

6 hours 48 min ago

SANTA BARBARA, Honduras - Maria Jose Alvarado expected some difficult questions about her country at the Miss World pageant in London, so the 19-year-old beauty queen enlisted a teacher to help her prepare.


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Canadian aboriginal group signs deal to support LNG pipeline

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:56
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A Canadian aboriginal community has signed a deal with British Colombia to allow a gas pipeline to be built in its territory, setting the stage for more pacts that could bolster liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects in the coastal province. The province on Thursday signed a C$6 million ($5.3 million) pipeline benefit agreement with the Nisga'a Nation and said it expects to complete similar deals with other aboriginal groups "in the near future. ...
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No sign of controversy dogging him back home as Bill Cosby takes standup show to the Bahamas

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:54

NASSAU, Bahamas - Bill Cosby took his comedy show on the road Thursday in the Bahamas as controversy surrounds him at home.


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Florida woman becomes 4th to publicly allege Bill Cosby drugged, then sexually assaulted her

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:46

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.


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Japanese prime minister dissolves lower house of parliament; snap election in December

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:34
TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament Friday, paving the way for a general election next month.
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