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Afghan forces end deadly Taliban siege at Kabul hotel

Security forces said Sunday they had killed the last of six Taliban militants to end an overnight siege at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel that left at least 18 people dead, including 14 foreigners. Some of the 150 guests fled the gunbattle and fire sparked by the assault by shimmying down bedsheets from the upper floors.

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Shutdown divides services into essential and non-essential

Symbols of American promise have turned into emblems of American dysfunction amid a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration that has forced scores of federal agencies and outposts to close their doors.

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Global female empowerment marches enter second day

More demonstrations in support of female empowerment are planned around the world Sunday, a day after a host of marches and protests, several of them massive, marked the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

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Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.

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Good dog, bad dog ... Delta wants to know before you board

Delta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it’s trained to behave itself.

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Pope: Corruption is ‘social virus’ infecting Latin America

Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a "social virus" infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru's president and high-ranking political leaders, several of whom are embroiled in the region's biggest graft scandal.

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IOC says North Korea to have 22 athletes in 5 Olympic sports

A Korean unity deal for the Pyeongchang Olympics will see 22 North Korean athletes cross the border with South Korea to compete and march together under a unification flag at the opening ceremony.

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Government shutdown begins and so does the finger-pointing

Americans awoke Saturday to learn that bickering politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

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British Airways pilot, allegedly drunk, taken off plane

A British Airways pilot has been removed from the cockpit of a flight amid fears he was drunk.

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Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now.

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Amazon sweepstakes is narrowed down to 20 competitors

Amazon's second home could be in an already tech-heavy city, such as Boston, New York or Austin, Texas.

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Shutdown deadline nears; no accord in Trump-Schumer meeting

President Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Friday afternoon in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided Washington locked in partisan stare-down over politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.

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Clues sought in copter crash that killed Zimbabwean leader

A husband and wife who pushed for political change in Zimbabwe, an adventurous Texas investor and a pair of decorated pilots died in a fiery helicopter crash in a remote area of New Mexico.

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For rival camps in abortion debate, a weekend to mobilize

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate will be rallying and marching over the next few days in their annual show of force, while looking ahead to the coming year with a mix of combativeness and trepidation.

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10 Things to Know for Today, Jan.19, 2018

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

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White House official: Trump immigration views have evolved

President Donald Trump's views on immigration and building a wall along the Mexico border have evolved since his presidential campaign, the White House chief of staff said Wednesday.

Amazon sweepstakes is narrowed down to 20 competitors

Amazon's second home could be in an already tech-heavy city, such as Boston, New York or Austin, Texas. Or it could be in the Midwest, say, Indianapolis or Columbus, Ohio. Or the company could go outside the U.S. altogether and set up shop in Toronto.

Apple banks on tax break to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000

Apple is planning to build a new corporate campus and hire 20,000 U.S. workers in an expansion driven in part by a tax cut that will enable the iPhone maker to bring an estimated $245 billion back to its home country.

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Prosecutor: Parents chained children for months at a time

A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for months at a time and forbidding them from showering more than once a year or using the toilet, a prosecutor said Thursday.

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New Trump office would protect conscience rights of doctors

Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds.

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Haitians face hurdles after protected status renewal delays

Thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump's administration delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status, Haitian community leaders and immigrant activists say.

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Grandparents shocked by reports of 13 starved grandchildren

The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago.

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10 Things to Know for Today, Jan. 18, 2018

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

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Avoid old NYC 'Fallout Shelters' in nuke attack

In a real nuclear strike in New York, taking cover in a building bearing a rusted yellow fallout-shelter sign may not be the best option. E

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Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday dug in on their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn't paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants — a hard-line stance celebrated by liberal groups who have shrugged off risks of a government shutdown.

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