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  • Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag

    A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana for pain said Tuesday that the conflicting state and federal pot laws that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care. "The federal government has stepped in again and

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  • Michelle Obama surprises Detroit students at Motown Museum

    Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students on Tuesday afternoon, walking into the Motown Museum as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education. The former first lady was greeted with smiles, looks of astonishment and applause after entering the

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  • Family: German journalist jailed in Venezuela as spy

    The family of a freelance German journalist says he has been jailed on espionage charges in Venezuela — allegations they deny

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  • Podcast: sports worth watching on TV; the Copa Libertadores

    PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg debate what sports to watch and how to count real fans, then tell the cautionary tale of a game that became too popular and partisan for its own good. That game — the Copa Libertadores, arguably South America's prestigious

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  • Former Ford Argentina executives sentenced in torture cases

    An Argentine court on Tuesday sentenced two former Ford Motor Co. executives to prison for helping agents of the country's former dictatorship round up 24 Argentine union workers who were tortured and held in military jails. The courtroom was crowded with family members of the victims and

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  • The Latest: Google CEO says no plans 'right now' for China

    The Latest on Google CEO before Congress (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Google CEO Sundar Pichai is reiterating the company's position that it has no plans "right now" to launch a censored search engine in China. That, of course, leaves the option open to launch one down the road.

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  • Lawsuit filed over Trump plans for offshore drilling tests

    Environmental groups on Tuesday sued the Trump administration over offshore drilling tests, launching a legal fight against a proposal that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic Coast. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, claims the National Marine

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  • No jail time for ex-Baylor student accused of sex assault

    A Texas judge has accepted a plea bargain that allows a former Baylor University student accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party to avoid serving jail time, marking at least the third time the judge has approved probation for men accused of sexually assaulting Baylor students. Judge

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  • Cambodian court gives suspended sentences to labor leaders

    Six Cambodian union leaders on Tuesday each received suspended 2 1/2-year prison terms in connection with labor protests about five years ago in which four garment workers were killed and around 20 others hurt. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court found the labor leaders guilty on four charges

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  • Russia says 114,000 Syrians returned home in 2018

    The Russian military says nearly 114,000 Syrian refugees have returned from abroad this year, a tiny fraction of the nearly 6 million who have fled since the start of the conflict

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  • Russia says 114,000 Syrian refugees repatriated in 2018

    Nearly 114,000 Syrian refugees have been repatriated this year, the Russian military said Tuesday, a fraction of the estimated 6 million who have fled since the start of the conflict. Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said that over 177,000 internally displaced people have also returned to their

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  • Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

    A new study organized by Time’s Up, the Hollywood-based organization formed to promote gender equality, finds that female-led films outperform male-led movies at the box office

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  • Thousands of Albanian students step up rally against fees

    Public university students protesting the cost of tuition fees have gathered for the largest rally to date, threatening to escalate it unless their demands are met. Thousands of students on Tuesday held posters, blew vuvuzelas and shouted "Lower the tariffs!" in front of the Education

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  • Putin, opposition gather to honor prominent rights activist

    Kremlin officials and Russia’s opposition have gathered to pay tribute to Russia’s most prominent human rights activist, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who died at age 91

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  • Should Johannesburg Zoo's last elephant stay or go?

    When the last African elephant at the Johannesburg Zoo lost her male companion to illness in September, some people said 39-year-old Lammie should be sent to a bigger sanctuary so she wouldn't spend her final years alone. The debate is particularly sensitive because the world's biggest land

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  • The Latest: German official says no Brexit movement on offer

    The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local): 10 a.m. A senior German official says British Prime Minister Theresa May won't get any pledge of new negotiations on the Brexit deal when she visits Chancellor Angela Merkel. And he is stressing that the chief negotiators are in

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  • Google CEO faces House grilling on breach, China censorship

    Google's CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands. CEO Sundar Pichai's appearance Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee comes after he angered members of a

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  • Thousands of Albanian students step up rally against fees

    Public university students are holding their biggest protest in a week asking for cutting their tuition fees and threatening to escalate it unless their demands are met

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  • Thai court extends detention of refugee sought by Bahrain

    A Thai court has ruled that a soccer player who holds refugee status in Australia can be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain, the homeland he fled four years ago on account of alleged political persecution

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  • Report: Iran sentences 3 rights lawyers to prison

    Iranian media are reporting that two human rights lawyers have been sentenced to six years in prison and a third has been sentenced to 13 years

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  • New Zealand law to make medical marijuana widely available

    New Zealand's government has passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time. The legislation passed Tuesday will also allow terminally ill patients to begin smoking illegal pot immediately without facing the possibility of prosecution.

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  • Sydney teen jailed for planning attack

    A Sydney court has sentenced a teenager to at least 12 years in prison for planning an attack inspired by the Islamic State group for which he bought knives and bayonets from a gun shop. The 18-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested outside a Muslim prayer hall

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  • Woman who accused man of rape outraged he got no jail time

    A Texas judge on Monday accepted a plea bargain allowing a former Baylor University student accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party to avoid serving jail time, marking at least the third time the judge has approved probation for men accused of sexually assaulting Baylor students.

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  • Should Johannesburg Zoo’s last elephant stay or go?

    Should Johannesburg Zoo’s last elephant stay or go? Debate springs up after companion’s death

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