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Ohio man held in North Korea hoped to aid church
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) -- An American who is back home after being detained for nearly six months in North Korea said Friday that he left a Bible in a nightclub hoping it would get into the hands of what he called the country's underground Christian church....
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Halloween saved in town after fugitive's capture
MOUNTAINHOME, Pa. (AP) -- State police gave out candy to children trick-or-treating Friday in a community that had been under siege for nearly seven weeks until a man suspected of killing a state trooper was captured....
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Superheroes, hazmat suits in NY Halloween parade
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bloody zombies, superheroes and marchers in hazardous-materials garb evoking the Ebola virus are making their freewheeling way in New York City's Greenwich Village Halloween Parade....
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Kansas urges judge not to rule on gay marriage
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas attorney general's office told a federal judge Friday that he should not consider blocking the state from enforcing its gay-marriage ban until the state Supreme Court weighs in, while the American Civil Liberties Union argued same-sex couples suffer legal harm if the judge delays a decision....
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Mexico judge orders immediate release of Marine
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A Mexican judge has ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns....
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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Mexican judge orders immediate release of jailed US Marine, family spokesman says....
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Virgin Galactic's allure: space and celebrities
The explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship during a test flight over California has almost certainly dashed founder Richard Branson's goal of starting passenger flights next spring. Information about Virgin Galactic, its backers, and its goals:...
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Lake Michigan waves slam Chicago lakeshore
CHICAGO (AP) -- Winds gusting up to 65 mph caused Lake Michigan waves to slam into the Chicago shoreline, sending water onto part of Lake Shore Drive. The waves slowed traffic and prompted the cancellation of a Halloween attraction....
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UN resolution urges Myanmar to drop identity plan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A new U.N. draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar's aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging "access to full citizenship on an equal basis."...
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Seattle megachurch dissolves after founder resigns
SEATTLE (AP) -- Two weeks after lead Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll resigned amid questions about his leadership, the Seattle megachurch he founded announced Friday it was dissolving its network of branches across four states....
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UN expresses 'deep outrage' at Islamic State group
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is expressing its "deep outrage" at the killings, kidnapping, rapes and torture by the Islamic State group in Iraq....
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Religious talk: Salem school bars church leader
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A church youth leader has been barred from volunteering at a Salem public school after a student said he was promoting Christianity and insulted her for being an atheist....
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Judge won't close hearing in Islamic State case
CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday denied a government request to partially close a detention hearing for a 19-year-old suburban Chicago man who authorities say violated U.S. law by trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants....
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Shooting recordings released: 'We need aid ASAP'
SEATTLE (AP) -- As police raced to a Washington state high school last week in response to reports of a possible shooter, they faced the daunting task of trying to secure a maze of buildings that make up the sprawling campus, according to police radio traffic from the scene....
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4 die when train strikes SUV in southern Illinois
VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) -- A mother and three of her children headed for a southern Illinois Halloween parade were killed and a fourth child injured when their SUV went around safety gates into the path of a freight train, authorities said Friday....
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