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At Thailand veggie festival, only flesh of the devout harmed

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Thailand's Vegetarian Festival is more than sprouts and tofu — it's an assault on the senses, and for the most devout, on the body itself.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

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Top US military officer arrives for talks in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The top U.S. military officer landed in Iraq Tuesday to get an update on the battle against Islamic State militants, saying he sees no prospect right now for Russia to expand its airstrike campaign into the war-torn country.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

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Drone close calls spur government to require registration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will require many drone aircraft to be registered, a move prompted by the growing number of reported close calls and incidents that pose safety risks, officials announced Monday.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015

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A health law fine on the uninsured will more than double

WASHINGTON (AP) — The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact in its new pitch for health law sign-ups.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015

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Police describe suspect, seek clues after ZombiCon shooting

Fort Myers police released a description of a suspect in the deadly shooting at a zombie festival and said Monday they had heavily scrutinized a bystander's video showing ghoulish-dressed revelers screaming and running in every direction after four gunshots rang out.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015

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Oil collapse gives US colleges a test on backpedaling donors

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — It's easy to see what oil money means to the University of Texas. Tuition hasn't budged in three years because of gushing wells in the Permian Basin. More than a few buildings, including the football team headquarters, are named after wildcatters, and a pump jack stands outside the 100,000-seat stadium to commemorate the 1920s oil boom.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015

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Schools across US find alternatives to suspending students

DALLAS (AP) — The recent arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim boy whose teacher mistook his homemade clock for a possible bomb led to widespread ridicule of school officials and accusations that Islamophobia may have played a part.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015

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Police say 1 killed, 5 injured in shooting at ZombiCon

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A shooting at the annual ZombiCon gathering in Florida has left one person dead and five more injured, causing a chaotic scene that sent throngs of zombie-dressed revelers running through the streets, police said Sunday.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015

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