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Utah floods that killed 18 show dangers of desert canyons

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — The same unique geological quirks that lure people to the majestic slot canyons of the desert Southwest also make them deadly.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015

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Japan's ruling party forces security bills through committee

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's ruling party pushed contentious security bills through a legislative committee Thursday, catching the opposition by surprise and causing chaos in the chamber.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015

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Outcry after Muslim boy, 14, detained over homemade clock

DALLAS (AP) — The detention of a 14-year-old Muslim boy questioned and handcuffed after teachers decided a homemade clock he brought to his Texas high school resembled a bomb prompted allegations of anti-Islam profiling Wednesday, even as police and school officials defended their response.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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Census: Income, poverty numbers stay just about the same

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wallets of America's middle class and poorest aren't seeing any extra money, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday, a financial stagnation experts say may be fueling political dissent this campaign season.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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Syrian refugees seek new passports as a ticket to Europe

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A months-old Syrian government decision to start issuing passports to Syrians who fled their war-ravaged country is quietly contributing to the large exodus of refugees to Europe.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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Kerry: US weighs Russia offer of military talks on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing an offer from Russia to have military-to-military talks and meetings on the situation in Syria amid increasing U.S. concern and uncertainty about Russia's military buildup there, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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Court halts execution of Oklahoma man who claims innocence

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — An appeals court halted the execution of an Oklahoma man with just hours to spare Wednesday after his attorneys said they had uncovered new evidence, including a fellow inmate's claim that he overheard another man convicted in the case admit he acted alone.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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Zion National Park floods trapped 7 people in narrow canyon

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — Seven hikers who entered a narrow desert canyon for a day of canyoneering became trapped when a flash flood filled the chasm with water, killing at least five of them in Zion National Park in southern Utah, officials said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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