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  • 1/50   Timberlake celebrates return to music with second No. 1 album this year
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    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...


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  • 2/50   Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations
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    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...


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  • 3/50   Taylor Swift to receive country music songwriting award
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    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...


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  • 4/50   Rumour has it: Rocker Graham Parker is back
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    By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...

    By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...


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  • 5/50   OneRepublic victorious in closest UK chart battle of 2013
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    LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...

    LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...


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  • 6/50   Miley Cyrus mocks 'motherly' advice from Sinead O'Connor
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    LONDON (Reuters) - American pop star Miley Cyrus has snubbed some prim motherly advice about her new bad girl image from Irish singer and sometime rebel Sinead O'Connor. The "We Can't Stop" singer - who has ditched her squeaky clean Hannah Montana Disney image for a solo singing career as a tattooed sex siren - rebuffed an open letter from O'Connor calling on Cyrus to tone down her sexualized persona. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL (U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live) this week," Cyrus tweeted. ...

    LONDON (Reuters) - American pop star Miley Cyrus has snubbed some prim motherly advice about her new bad girl image from Irish singer and sometime rebel Sinead O'Connor. The "We Can't Stop" singer - who has ditched her squeaky clean Hannah Montana Disney image for a solo singing career as a tattooed sex siren - rebuffed an open letter from O'Connor calling on Cyrus to tone down her sexualized persona. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL (U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live) this week," Cyrus tweeted. ...


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  • 7/50   Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson's death
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    By Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ...

    By Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ...


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  • 8/50   Analysis: Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance
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    By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Britney Spears takes the stage this December for the first of a heavily hyped 100-show two-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the loudest cheers may come from her insurance underwriters. Along with the sound engineers and roadies who help stage a concert, insurance underwriters play a large role in making sure a star can get onstage and grab the microphone. Insurers are also key during those times when stars do not show and concerts get canceled. ...

    By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Britney Spears takes the stage this December for the first of a heavily hyped 100-show two-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the loudest cheers may come from her insurance underwriters. Along with the sound engineers and roadies who help stage a concert, insurance underwriters play a large role in making sure a star can get onstage and grab the microphone. Insurers are also key during those times when stars do not show and concerts get canceled. ...


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  • 9/50   Canadian rapper Drake lands third No. 1 album on Billboard chart
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    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Drake vaulted straight to No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as his latest album garnered the second-largest sales week of the year so far. "Nothing Was the Same," the third studio album from the Canadian rapper, sold 658,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which opened with 968,000 copies in March, outsold "Nothing Was the Same" in a one-week period. All three of Drake's studio albums have debuted at No. ...

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Drake vaulted straight to No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as his latest album garnered the second-largest sales week of the year so far. "Nothing Was the Same," the third studio album from the Canadian rapper, sold 658,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which opened with 968,000 copies in March, outsold "Nothing Was the Same" in a one-week period. All three of Drake's studio albums have debuted at No. ...


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  • 10/50   Miley Cyrus aimed to 'make history' with video awards performance
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    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In a documentary, "Miley: The Movement," airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, "We Can't Stop," hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of "Hannah Montana" far behind her. ...

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In a documentary, "Miley: The Movement," airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, "We Can't Stop," hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of "Hannah Montana" far behind her. ...


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  • 11/50   Your Top Plays for Today
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    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


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  • 12/50   10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos
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    Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

    Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


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  • 13/50   Ferguson was a guiding light, says victorious McGinley
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    By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Captain Paul McGinley has saluted Alex Ferguson for his contribution to Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup campaign, calling the former Manchester United manager a guiding light to him and his team. The 72-year-old Scot, who ended a glittering 26-year spell at United when he retired from soccer 16 months ago, was a constant presence in the locker room as Europe beat the United States by 16-1/2 points to 11-1/2 on Sunday. ...

    By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Captain Paul McGinley has saluted Alex Ferguson for his contribution to Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup campaign, calling the former Manchester United manager a guiding light to him and his team. The 72-year-old Scot, who ended a glittering 26-year spell at United when he retired from soccer 16 months ago, was a constant presence in the locker room as Europe beat the United States by 16-1/2 points to 11-1/2 on Sunday. ...


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  • 14/50   U.S. must rediscover spirit of 2008 to stop Ryder Cup rot
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    By Mitch Phillips GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Every two years a small group of wonderfully talented, hugely successful American millionaire golfers have to line up like schoolboys to explain why they are no good and why they don't get on as well as their European counterparts. That has been the scenario after eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups but, despite the myriad inquests, they seem no nearer understanding the reasons than 20 years ago when none of the current group were even involved. ...

    By Mitch Phillips GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Every two years a small group of wonderfully talented, hugely successful American millionaire golfers have to line up like schoolboys to explain why they are no good and why they don't get on as well as their European counterparts. That has been the scenario after eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups but, despite the myriad inquests, they seem no nearer understanding the reasons than 20 years ago when none of the current group were even involved. ...


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  • 15/50   Bridgewater leads Vikings to victory in first career start
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    Minneapolis (AFP) - Minnesota rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater outgunned Atlanta's Matt Ryan on Sunday to lead the Vikings to a 41-28 victory before limping out of his first NFL start with an ankle injury.

    Minneapolis (AFP) - Minnesota rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater outgunned Atlanta's Matt Ryan on Sunday to lead the Vikings to a 41-28 victory before limping out of his first NFL start with an ankle injury.


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  • 16/50   Cowboys dominate Saints for 38-17 victory
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    (Reuters) - Quarterback Tony Romo was back near to his best following back surgery as the Dallas Cowboys dominated the New Orleans Saints to record a 38-17 victory in Arlington, Texas on Sunday. Romo threw three touchdown passes, two to wide receiver Terrance Williams, and completed 22 of 29 passes for 262 yards. Dallas went 8-8 last season, but Romo said this year's team has a strong work ethic that is reaping dividends. "We're a different team this year," he told NBC television. ...

    (Reuters) - Quarterback Tony Romo was back near to his best following back surgery as the Dallas Cowboys dominated the New Orleans Saints to record a 38-17 victory in Arlington, Texas on Sunday. Romo threw three touchdown passes, two to wide receiver Terrance Williams, and completed 22 of 29 passes for 262 yards. Dallas went 8-8 last season, but Romo said this year's team has a strong work ethic that is reaping dividends. "We're a different team this year," he told NBC television. ...


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  • 17/50   Press cheer Europe for once after Ryder Cup win
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    London (AFP) - The British press cheered Europe's success in retaining the Ryder Cup in a victory over the United States, with Monday's front pages setting aside barbs aimed at the EU to praise of the team in blue.

    London (AFP) - The British press cheered Europe's success in retaining the Ryder Cup in a victory over the United States, with Monday's front pages setting aside barbs aimed at the EU to praise of the team in blue.


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  • 18/50   Cardinals clinch division on Pirates' loss
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    Cincinnati (AFP) - The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the National League Central division on Sunday when rivals for the title Pittsburgh fell 4-1 at Cincinnati.

    Cincinnati (AFP) - The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the National League Central division on Sunday when rivals for the title Pittsburgh fell 4-1 at Cincinnati.


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  • 19/50   Ravens, Texans and Lions show early playoff promise
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    By Frank Pingue (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions missed the playoffs last season but on Sunday they looked serious about crashing the next postseason party as they all improved to 3-1. Among the other games, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Indianapolis Colts signal caller Andrew Luck each threw four touchdown passes in wins over division rivals, while the Philadelphia Eagles suffered their first loss of the season. ...

    By Frank Pingue (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions missed the playoffs last season but on Sunday they looked serious about crashing the next postseason party as they all improved to 3-1. Among the other games, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Indianapolis Colts signal caller Andrew Luck each threw four touchdown passes in wins over division rivals, while the Philadelphia Eagles suffered their first loss of the season. ...


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  • 20/50   Tigers, A's book playoff berths, Mariners denied
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    Detroit (AFP) - The Detroit Tigers secured their fourth straight American League Central division title on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

    Detroit (AFP) - The Detroit Tigers secured their fourth straight American League Central division title on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.


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  • 21/50   Syrian al-Qaida threatens West
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    Militants will retaliate for U.S.-led air strikes, leader said. Overnight, natural gas plant controlled by Islamic State fighters hit.

    Militants will retaliate for U.S.-led air strikes, leader said. Overnight, natural gas plant controlled by Islamic State fighters hit.


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  • 22/50   Search at Japan volcano called off; at least 36 feared dead
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    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - At least 36 people are feared to have died after a Japanese volcano erupted without warning at the weekend, raining ash and stones on hikers, but the search for victims was abandoned on Monday because of fears of toxic gases. Rescuers at the peak of Mount Ontake, now an eerie moonscape under a thick layer of grey ash, on Monday found five more victims of Saturday's eruption at Japan's second-highest active volcano but authorities did not immediately confirm them as dead. ...

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - At least 36 people are feared to have died after a Japanese volcano erupted without warning at the weekend, raining ash and stones on hikers, but the search for victims was abandoned on Monday because of fears of toxic gases. Rescuers at the peak of Mount Ontake, now an eerie moonscape under a thick layer of grey ash, on Monday found five more victims of Saturday's eruption at Japan's second-highest active volcano but authorities did not immediately confirm them as dead. ...


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  • 23/50   As Missouri protests persist, police seek suspects in shootings of two officers
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    By Kenny Bahr FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police were seeking suspects on Sunday in apparently unrelated shootings of two police officers in and near the Missouri city of Ferguson, and arrested seven of those protesting last month's shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. The Saturday night shooting of an officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson did not seem linked to protests elsewhere in the city, police said, nor to a separate shooting involving an off-duty police officer in St. Louis early on Sunday. ...

    By Kenny Bahr FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police were seeking suspects on Sunday in apparently unrelated shootings of two police officers in and near the Missouri city of Ferguson, and arrested seven of those protesting last month's shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. The Saturday night shooting of an officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson did not seem linked to protests elsewhere in the city, police said, nor to a separate shooting involving an off-duty police officer in St. Louis early on Sunday. ...


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  • 24/50   Jury selection begins for trial of accused Boston bomber's friend
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    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Jury selection is set to begin on Monday for the trial of the last of three college friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber to face charges relating to a visit the trio made to the suspect's dorm room three days after the deadly attack. ...

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Jury selection is set to begin on Monday for the trial of the last of three college friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber to face charges relating to a visit the trio made to the suspect's dorm room three days after the deadly attack. ...


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  • 25/50   Jury selection to begin in Arias penalty phase retrial in Arizona
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    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Jury selection is set to begin in Arizona on Monday to decide whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be executed for the 2008 slaying of her ex-boyfriend in a case that drew a national audience with its titillating and gore-spattered testimony. A pool of 300 potential jurors have been called to Maricopa County Superior Court in downtown Phoenix to see if a dozen of them can succeed where an earlier trial jury failed, and determine a punishment for the former waitress from California. ...

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Jury selection is set to begin in Arizona on Monday to decide whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be executed for the 2008 slaying of her ex-boyfriend in a case that drew a national audience with its titillating and gore-spattered testimony. A pool of 300 potential jurors have been called to Maricopa County Superior Court in downtown Phoenix to see if a dozen of them can succeed where an earlier trial jury failed, and determine a punishment for the former waitress from California. ...


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  • 26/50   Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
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    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


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  • 27/50   Billy Hayes of 'Midnight Express' turns to stage
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    NEW YORK (AP) — The other day, Billy Hayes was rehearsing a scene from his one-man show when he was interrupted by the director.

    NEW YORK (AP) — The other day, Billy Hayes was rehearsing a scene from his one-man show when he was interrupted by the director.


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  • 28/50   They did. They do. Clooney/Alamuddin wedding no. 2
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    VENICE, Italy (AP) — George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin had a second opportunity to say "I do" when they celebrated a civil ceremony in a historic palace along Venice's Grand Canal.

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin had a second opportunity to say "I do" when they celebrated a civil ceremony in a historic palace along Venice's Grand Canal.


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  • 29/50   Dempsey's 'challenge' raises more than $1.1M
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    LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Nearly 3,900 people helped raise more than $1.1 million for cancer care and support at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge, organized by actor Patrick Dempsey in honor of his mother.

    LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Nearly 3,900 people helped raise more than $1.1 million for cancer care and support at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge, organized by actor Patrick Dempsey in honor of his mother.


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  • 30/50   AP Exclusive: Prince exalts in his 'heaven'
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    CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park.

    CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park.


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  • 31/50   EU watchdog to give reasons for inquiry into Apple's Irish tax savings
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    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will publish on Tuesday its reasons for opening an in-depth inquiry into the Irish government's tax treatment of Apple , a Commission spokesman said. The European Union's competition watchdog is looking at whether a number of countries' benign tax regimes for multinational companies, which helps to attract investment and jobs that might otherwise go elsewhere, represents unfair state aid. A U.S. ...

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will publish on Tuesday its reasons for opening an in-depth inquiry into the Irish government's tax treatment of Apple , a Commission spokesman said. The European Union's competition watchdog is looking at whether a number of countries' benign tax regimes for multinational companies, which helps to attract investment and jobs that might otherwise go elsewhere, represents unfair state aid. A U.S. ...


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  • 32/50   Lenovo says $2.1 billion IBM x86 server deal to close on Wednesday
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    By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Lenovo Group Ltd will close its acquisition of International Business Machines Corp's (IBM) x86 server division on Oct 1 for $2.1 billion, giving the Chinese tech firm the firepower to win business clients from U.S. rivals. The closing purchase price is lower than the $2.3 billion announced in January because of a change in the valuation of inventory and deferred revenue liability, Lenovo said. Roughly $1.8 billion will be paid in cash and the remainder in stock. ...

    By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Lenovo Group Ltd will close its acquisition of International Business Machines Corp's (IBM) x86 server division on Oct 1 for $2.1 billion, giving the Chinese tech firm the firepower to win business clients from U.S. rivals. The closing purchase price is lower than the $2.3 billion announced in January because of a change in the valuation of inventory and deferred revenue liability, Lenovo said. Roughly $1.8 billion will be paid in cash and the remainder in stock. ...


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  • 33/50   Cisco sets $1 billion investment for global cloud computing network
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    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cisco Systems will invest $1 billion over two years to expand its cloud offerings, the company said on Monday, linking hundreds of data centers and cloud providers around the world in a network with more than 30 partners. The network, called Intercloud, will help businesses process and manage data generated from billions of devices and applications around the world, Cisco said. ...

    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cisco Systems will invest $1 billion over two years to expand its cloud offerings, the company said on Monday, linking hundreds of data centers and cloud providers around the world in a network with more than 30 partners. The network, called Intercloud, will help businesses process and manage data generated from billions of devices and applications around the world, Cisco said. ...


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  • 34/50   Alibaba finance arm, Juneyao airline both get private bank approval
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    BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's finance arm has been given government approval to set up a private bank, China's banking regulator said on Monday, the latest step in the e-commerce company's push into the financial services sector. Zhejiang Ant Small & Micro Financial Services Group, an Alibaba affiliate that contains the company's Alipay payment processing and financial services arm, will hold 30 percent of the bank, the regulator said. Other partners will hold the remainder. ...

    BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's finance arm has been given government approval to set up a private bank, China's banking regulator said on Monday, the latest step in the e-commerce company's push into the financial services sector. Zhejiang Ant Small & Micro Financial Services Group, an Alibaba affiliate that contains the company's Alipay payment processing and financial services arm, will hold 30 percent of the bank, the regulator said. Other partners will hold the remainder. ...


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  • 35/50   BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu
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    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German luxury carmaker BMW is teaming up with Chinese internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of highly automated driving have already undergone thousands of kilometers of trials on German autobahns. The project will now be expanded to include other large cities in China, BMW said on Monday. "BMW is embarking on a further research project which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well," the Munich-based automaker said in a statement. ...

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German luxury carmaker BMW is teaming up with Chinese internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of highly automated driving have already undergone thousands of kilometers of trials on German autobahns. The project will now be expanded to include other large cities in China, BMW said on Monday. "BMW is embarking on a further research project which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well," the Munich-based automaker said in a statement. ...


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  • 36/50   The next big step for Apple’s iPhone 6
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    Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debut was the biggest launch in the history of smartphones. Through the new handsets’ opening weekend alone, Apple sold more than 10 million combined iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, topping the 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c handsets the company sold during their debut weekend in 2013. It may seem as though Apple’s iPhone launch weekend didn’t see much growth this year, but that’s actually not the case at all — as we’ve noted before, the fact that the iPhone 6 didn’t launch in China changes things dramatically. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 review Apple sold about 2.75 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets in China during their launch last year. Taking that figure

    Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debut was the biggest launch in the history of smartphones. Through the new handsets’ opening weekend alone, Apple sold more than 10 million combined iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, topping the 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c handsets the company sold during their debut weekend in 2013. It may seem as though Apple’s iPhone launch weekend didn’t see much growth this year, but that’s actually not the case at all — as we’ve noted before, the fact that the iPhone 6 didn’t launch in China changes things dramatically. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 review Apple sold about 2.75 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets in China during their launch last year. Taking that figure


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  • 37/50   These are the iOS 8 ‘Apps for Health’ you need
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    After Apple released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the iPhone 6 issues caused by the previous iOS 8.0.1 update, on Friday the first HealthKit-enabled apps started hitting the App Store, although the company did not put up a special Health apps section on its website that would help users easily discover those health and fitness apps that were updated with Health functionality features. Since then, a special Apps for Health section has been created inside the App Store, highlighting some of the first apps that include HealthKit functionality. FROM EARLIER: The first HealthKit apps are finally functional in iOS 8 “Experience an entirely new approach to wellness where your fitness app can talk to your calorie tracker, your doctor can be automatically

    After Apple released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the iPhone 6 issues caused by the previous iOS 8.0.1 update, on Friday the first HealthKit-enabled apps started hitting the App Store, although the company did not put up a special Health apps section on its website that would help users easily discover those health and fitness apps that were updated with Health functionality features. Since then, a special Apps for Health section has been created inside the App Store, highlighting some of the first apps that include HealthKit functionality. FROM EARLIER: The first HealthKit apps are finally functional in iOS 8 “Experience an entirely new approach to wellness where your fitness app can talk to your calorie tracker, your doctor can be automatically


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  • 38/50   Samsung unleashes humor in hilarious new Galaxy Note 4 commercial
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    Samsung is out with a brand new commercial for a new product – the Galaxy Note 4 that’s supposed to soon launch in various countries including the U.S. – and the new ad is quite hilarious. The company doesn’t take any hits at Apple or other competitors, and it doesn’t even focuses on the phone in this over 4-minute long video. Instead, it simply uses the word Note a lot in funny ways. FROM EARLIER: Galaxy Note 4 sells out in South Korea… all 30,000 of them “Despite being Note-orious for its large display, the Galaxy Note 4 is so much more. It’s Note just a phone – it’s a conversation starter,”Samsung writes on YouTube, giving viewers of what’s about to

    Samsung is out with a brand new commercial for a new product – the Galaxy Note 4 that’s supposed to soon launch in various countries including the U.S. – and the new ad is quite hilarious. The company doesn’t take any hits at Apple or other competitors, and it doesn’t even focuses on the phone in this over 4-minute long video. Instead, it simply uses the word Note a lot in funny ways. FROM EARLIER: Galaxy Note 4 sells out in South Korea… all 30,000 of them “Despite being Note-orious for its large display, the Galaxy Note 4 is so much more. It’s Note just a phone – it’s a conversation starter,”Samsung writes on YouTube, giving viewers of what’s about to


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  • 39/50   Windows 9 to be a free upgrade: report
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    Microsoft is expected to officially unveil Windows 9 to enterprises and developers at a dedicated media event on Tuesday. And while potential new features are unclear, there is one feature that seems destined to appeal to most users. 

    Microsoft is expected to officially unveil Windows 9 to enterprises and developers at a dedicated media event on Tuesday. And while potential new features are unclear, there is one feature that seems destined to appeal to most users. 


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  • 40/50   The Nixie, a camera with sky-high potential
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    The Nixie is a wearable drone designed to spring from the wrist and take to the skies in order to remotely snap an aerial selfie of its owner.

    The Nixie is a wearable drone designed to spring from the wrist and take to the skies in order to remotely snap an aerial selfie of its owner.


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  • 41/50   Court rules Nokia Mexico must pay damages to buyers of faulty phones
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    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican court has ruled Nokia Mexico S.A. de C.V must pay damages to customers who bought defective mobile phones prior to the handset maker's takeover by Microsoft Corp, a government agency said on Sunday. A Mexico City court found in favor of federal consumer protection agency Profeco in a suit first filed in 2010 against Nokia Mexico before Finnish parent Nokia sold its mobile business to Microsoft - a sale which was completed this year. ...

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican court has ruled Nokia Mexico S.A. de C.V must pay damages to customers who bought defective mobile phones prior to the handset maker's takeover by Microsoft Corp, a government agency said on Sunday. A Mexico City court found in favor of federal consumer protection agency Profeco in a suit first filed in 2010 against Nokia Mexico before Finnish parent Nokia sold its mobile business to Microsoft - a sale which was completed this year. ...


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  • 42/50   Sierra Nevada challenges NASA 'space taxi' contracts to Boeing, SpaceX
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA's award of contracts totaling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA had considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada, but U.S. officials said on Tuesday the U.S. space agency had opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and SpaceX with contracts to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. ...

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA's award of contracts totaling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA had considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada, but U.S. officials said on Tuesday the U.S. space agency had opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and SpaceX with contracts to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. ...


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  • 43/50   New York scientists unveil 'invisibility cloak' to rival Harry Potter's
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    By Caurie Putnam ROCHESTER N.Y. (Reuters) - Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak. Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses, a technology that seems to have sprung from the pages of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter fantasy series. Cloaking is the process by which an object becomes hidden from view, while everything else around the cloaked object appears undisturbed. ...

    By Caurie Putnam ROCHESTER N.Y. (Reuters) - Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak. Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses, a technology that seems to have sprung from the pages of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter fantasy series. Cloaking is the process by which an object becomes hidden from view, while everything else around the cloaked object appears undisturbed. ...


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  • 44/50   U.S.-Russian crew safely reaches space station despite glitch
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    By Dmitry Solovyov ALMATY (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz rocket safely delivered a U.S.-Russian trio to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, despite a technical glitch which briefly threatened to lengthen their journey to the $100 billion complex. The Soyuz blasted off to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0225 a.m. (2025 GMT on Thursday) to take Russian Alexander Samokutyaev, his compatriot Elena Serova and U.S. astronaut Barry Wilmore into orbit. ...

    By Dmitry Solovyov ALMATY (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz rocket safely delivered a U.S.-Russian trio to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, despite a technical glitch which briefly threatened to lengthen their journey to the $100 billion complex. The Soyuz blasted off to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0225 a.m. (2025 GMT on Thursday) to take Russian Alexander Samokutyaev, his compatriot Elena Serova and U.S. astronaut Barry Wilmore into orbit. ...


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  • 45/50   Driving while texting with Google Glass as distracting as phone: study
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    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone. “When you look at how fast people react to an unexpected traffic event – how fast they slam on their brakes, we didn’t find a statistically significant difference between Google Glass and smartphones,” said psychological researcher Ben Sawyer at the University of Central Florida. Google Glass users are able to send text messages using voice transcription technology as well as head commands. ...

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone. “When you look at how fast people react to an unexpected traffic event – how fast they slam on their brakes, we didn’t find a statistically significant difference between Google Glass and smartphones,” said psychological researcher Ben Sawyer at the University of Central Florida. Google Glass users are able to send text messages using voice transcription technology as well as head commands. ...


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  • 46/50   Scientists grapple with ethics in rush to release Ebola vaccines
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    LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, there is no time to wait. In an effort to save lives, health authorities are determined to roll out potential vaccines within months, dispensing with some of the usual testing, and raising unprecedented ethical and practical questions. "Nobody knows yet how we will do it. ...

    LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, there is no time to wait. In an effort to save lives, health authorities are determined to roll out potential vaccines within months, dispensing with some of the usual testing, and raising unprecedented ethical and practical questions. "Nobody knows yet how we will do it. ...


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  • 47/50   U.S. may keep secret prisoners in custody after Afghan war exit
    WORLD TOPIC NEWS

    By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The fate of a group of prisoners held in near-total secrecy by U.S. forces at a prison in Afghanistan is hanging in limbo, the facility's commander said, as Washington gropes for options after its legal right to hold them there expires in December. The inmates - all foreign nationals captured on battlefields around the world - could be transferred to the U.S. court system or, as a last resort, to the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, Brigadier General Patrick J. Reinert told Reuters. ...

    By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The fate of a group of prisoners held in near-total secrecy by U.S. forces at a prison in Afghanistan is hanging in limbo, the facility's commander said, as Washington gropes for options after its legal right to hold them there expires in December. The inmates - all foreign nationals captured on battlefields around the world - could be transferred to the U.S. court system or, as a last resort, to the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, Brigadier General Patrick J. Reinert told Reuters. ...


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  • 48/50   Afghanistan swears in new leader amid dispute, violence
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    By Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test. The first democratic handover of power in Afghanistan's history has been far from smooth: the deal for a unity government was cobbled together after months of deadlock over a vote in which both Ghani and opponent Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory. ...

    By Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test. The first democratic handover of power in Afghanistan's history has been far from smooth: the deal for a unity government was cobbled together after months of deadlock over a vote in which both Ghani and opponent Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory. ...


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  • 49/50   Obama: US 'underestimated' Islamic State threat
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants in the Middle East and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight such extremists.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants in the Middle East and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight such extremists.


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  • 50/50   US-led airstrikes hit 4 Syrian provinces
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    BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition air raids targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, including one strike that hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians, activists said Monday.

    BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition air raids targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, including one strike that hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians, activists said Monday.


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