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September 17, 2014

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Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- 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.

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Hurricane Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -- Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Monday that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores, leaving entire neighborhoods as disaster zones.

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Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

PARIS -- Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group -- minus two of the main players and without any ground troops -- in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast.

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al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms United States

WASHINGTON -- While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria -- a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe -- poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say.

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Ukraine government repels rebel attack on airport

LUHANSK, Ukraine -- A convoy of more than 200 white trucks crossed the Russian border to deliver humanitarian aid to a battered Ukrainian city on Saturday, a move made without Kiev's consent yet met with silence by Ukraine's top leaders.

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Egypt seeks broader alliance with US over Libya

CAIRO -- As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Egyptian support on Saturday for an international coalition to combat jihadi groups, Egypt pressed for broader international efforts to fight militants in its troubled neighbor, Libya.

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War gives inspiration to Gaza's artists

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen's latest work was already complexly layered -- a movie within a movie about a director and screenwriter producing a film about an honor killing in the Gaza Strip.

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Charges in dead babies case; neighbors soul-search

BLACKSTONE, Mass. -- A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call attention to the house with the foul smell and the shades that were always drawn.

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Investigations underway in Ohio prison escape

LIMA, Ohio -- Criminal and internal investigations were underway Friday to determine how three Ohio inmates including a convicted killer of three students were able to escape from prison during recreation a day earlier.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid

TORONTO -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, dramatically ending a campaign he had doggedly pursued despite a stint in rehab and calls for him to quit amid drug and alcohol scandals. But he announced his brother would run in his place, saying "we cannot go backwards."

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AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

GUEN, Central African Republic -- There are no headstones to mark these graves, no loving words, nothing to tell the world who lies in these two giant pits full of bodies, or why. Yet a handful of village elders are determined that nobody will be forgotten.

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