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US mayor resigns after racist Michelle Obama post

Washington (AFP) - A mayor from West Virginia has resigned amid a furor over a racist Facebook post that described First Lady Michelle Obama as an "ape in heels," US media said.
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‘Alarming’ number of children missing from UK care homes

The number of children missing from UK care homes is “alarmingly” high, two charities say, raising concerns about the effectiveness of the country’s child protection system....
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Julian Assange's suited-up cat in the window of the Ecuadorian embassy seems to be performing its task purrfectly

We’d probably like to think of ourselves in most situations as being insusceptible to petty attempts to distract us from the real issue at hand....
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California deputy shot twice in the head, suspect arrested

HUGHSON, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting a sheriff's deputy twice in the head in Central California was arrested hours after the killing on Sunday when he tried to steal a woman's purse, authorities said....
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Ten things you didn't know about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

Britain traditionally marks the 5 November with fireworks and bonfires....
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Restaurateur, ex-commando, paparazzo charged in Nice kidnap plot

Nice (France) (AFP) - France on Sunday charged an Italian restaurateur, a homeless former British special forces soldier and a one-time paparazzi photographer over the kidnapping of a French hotel magnate, a prosecutor said....
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Tracking violent ex-cons: Registries grow, but do they work?

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — In the desperate hours after a University of Toledo student disappeared while bicycling this summer, her friends scanned the state's list of sex offenders and started knocking on doors....
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Toddler dies in Washington state house fire, his dog huddled at his side

A toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him, and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, a spokesman for Spokane's Fire Department said Saturday....
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Size 10 Cheerleader Bounced From London Club for Being 'Too Big'

A rather attractive British girl was unable to celebrate her birthday at a London club after staff refused her entry claiming that she’s ‘too big’....
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Teen kills father, opens fire on South Carolina schoolyard: police

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A 14-year-old South Carolina boy shot and killed his father then drove to an elementary school playground where he wounded two children and a teacher with a handgun before being tackled by a firefighter who held him for police, authorities said on Wednesday....
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