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Melania Trump vows to take on cyberbullying as first lady

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Main Line Sports Center in Berwyn, Pa., Thursday. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)
Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Thursday, pledging to focus on combating online bullying and serve as an advocate for women and children if her husband is elected to the White House.

GOP call for statewide Pennsylvania poll watchers is denied

PHILADELPHIA – In a scathing rebuke, a federal judge on Thursday denied the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s effort to allow poll watchers from anywhere in the state monitor precincts on Election Day. Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Gerald J. Pappert said the state GOP’s request was “unreasonably delayed,” is not in the public interest and does not meet the standard for a last-minute intervention from the court.

Study links human actions to specific Arctic sea ice melt

In this photo provided by Dirk Notz, taken April 24, 2009, ice floats in the Arctic near Svalbard, Norway. (Dirk Notz / Associated Press)
Driving a gas-powered car about 90 miles – the distance between New York and Philadelphia – melts about a square foot of Arctic sea ice in the critical month of September, according to a new study that directly links carbon pollution to the amount of ice that’s thawing.

Early voting indicates Clinton may be behind where Obama stood four years ago in some key states

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton watches the World Series baseball game between the Chicago Cub and the Cleveland Indians after her final campaign rally of the day at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. (Andrew Harnik / AP)
WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton may not be accumulating the type of early-vote advantage her campaign wanted, but she continues to maintain an apparent edge over Donald Trump, with roughly one-fourth of all expected ballots cast in the 2016 election. The Democrat’s campaign once hoped to bank substantial votes from Democrats in North Carolina and Florida before Election Day. Both are must-win states for Trump.

UK court brings Brexit plans screeching to halt

LONDON – Britain’s High Court brought government plans for leaving the European Union to a screeching halt Thursday, ruling that the prime minister can’t trigger the U.K.’s exit from the 28-nation bloc without a vote in Parliament. The case is considered the most important constitutional matter in a generation. The Conservative government said it would go to the country’s Supreme Court to challenge the ruling, which, if upheld, could prevent it from starting exit talks with the EU by March 31 as planned.

26 civilians, 2 US troops dead after Afghan raid on Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan – U.S. and Afghan forces came under fire on Thursday while targeting senior Taliban commanders during a joint operation in northern Kunduz province, calling in airstrikes during an assault that killed 26 civilians, three local troops and two American service members, NATO and local officials said. NATO and the Pentagon described the Americans killed and four other Americans wounded as being part of “a train, advise and assist mission,” rare combat casualties for Western forces who handed over the task of securing Afghanistan to local troops some two years ago.

Baltimore school bus driver had traffic violation history

The Baltimore school bus driver who died along with five others in a collision with a commuter bus was found at fault in three traffic-related cases in the last eight years, according to civil and criminal court records and an attorney interviewed by the Associated Press on Wednesday.

FBI leaders knew about new emails for weeks

Senior FBI officials were informed about the discovery of new emails potentially relevant to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server at least two weeks before Director James Comey notified Congress, according to federal officials familiar with the investigation.

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Europe Tour 2017: Chapter Five

SARAJEVO, Bosnia Herzegovina - Week four of my four months of travel throughout Europe is now in the books. The official count for my journey without adult supervision is five ...