Firefighters gain ground over devastating California blaze

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  • Jun 28, 2016
LOS ANGELES Firefighters in the foothills of central California have made significant gains against a blaze that has killed at least two people and destroyed scores of homes in a devastating start to the state's wildfire season, authorities said on Mon...
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Singer Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show to protest same-sex law

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  • Feb 01, 2016
Canadian singer Bryan Adams has canceled a show in Mississippi this week to protest a new state law that lets people with religious objections deny services to same-sex couples, the rocker said in a statement. "I cannot in good conscience perform in a ...
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Giacometti art trove at center of Franco-Swiss legal tussle

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  • Jul 05, 2016
ZURICH A rich trove of drawings by Alberto Giacometti and photographs of the renowned sculptor and artist has been lying in sealed storage cartons in a Swiss museum for more than two years due to a legal dispute over their rightful ownership.Swiss pros...
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Actor Ewan McGregor says children in Iraq at risk of death, sex abuse, traffickers

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  • Aug 02, 2016
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scottish actor Ewan McGregor called on Tuesday for greater efforts to help refugee children in Iraq, warning they are at serious risk of death, sexual violence, or recruitment into armed groups.Following a visit to...
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LED-lit pigeons illuminate New York skies in art exhibit

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  • May 08, 2016
NEW YORK Thousands of pigeons with tiny LED lights strapped to their legs swooped through the darkening skies in a jaw-dropping display of beauty, but savvy New Yorkers gazing up at the performance art knew enough to keep their mouths shut.As evening f...
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Savage storm pummels eastern China, killing 98

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  • Jun 24, 2016
SHANGHAI A violent storm in eastern China that packed gale-force winds and hail killed 98 people and injured hundreds as it flattened power lines, overturned cars and ripped roofs off houses in Jiangsu province.The storm, which included a tornado, stru...
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Craft beer fans face squeeze with hops in short supply

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  • Feb 22, 2016
BOUGHTON UNDER BLEAN, England Fans of craft beers could soon face higher bar bills as small, independent brewers face a potentially serious shortage of a vital ingredient: hops.Last summer's hot and dry weather blighted the European hop harvest and str...
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Art detective says female and male model used for Mona Lisa face

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  • Apr 26, 2016
FLORENCE, Italy Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile draws millions of viewers from across the world, all eager to see the art world's most famous female face. But is it?An Italian art detective is arguing that research backs his long-standing claim that Leonar...
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Fiat Chrysler to investigate crash that killed 'Star Trek' actor

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  • Jun 22, 2016
WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Monday it would investigate a crash that killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin in his recalled 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.Yelchin was killed when the SUV rolled away and pinned him against a fe...
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Canadian oil production trickles back as wildfire threat eases

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  • May 11, 2016
EDMONTON, Alberta Oil sands companies around the Canadian energy center of Fort McMurray began to restart operations on Tuesday after an out-of-control wildfire forced a week-long shutdown.Top provincial and industry officials said production in much o...
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