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North Korea says U.S. has crossed red line, warns of vicious showdown

North Korea’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington “crossed the red line” and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.

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$536 million Mega Millions jackpot claimed in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Lottery officials in Indiana say someone has come forward with the winning ticket from a $536 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing earlier this month. The Hoosier Lottery says a news conference will be held Friday at the Indianapolis ...

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Army: Soldier dies after falling ill during Ranger School

FORT BENNING, Ga.– A 21-year-old Army officer died after falling ill during his first day at the military’s grueling Ranger School in Georgia. The soldier, 2nd Lt. Michael R. Parros, died Wednesday at a hospital two days after he became sick during training at Fort Benning. The Army said in a news release that doctors treated Parros for hyponatremia, an illness caused by unusually low sodium levels in the blood that can result from drinking too much water.

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Russia, Syria blockade Aleppo, offer corridors out

MOSCOW – Russia and the Syrian government said they will open humanitarian corridors in Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo on Thursday and offer a way out for opposition fighters wanting to lay down their arms, even as Syrian forces took another district from rebels in the city. The Russian announcement by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu came as Syria’s President Bashar Assad offered a general amnesty for rebels who give up their weapons and surrender to authorities over the next three months.

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Italy expels 2 Moroccans for threatening Catholic churches

MILAN – Italy has expelled two Moroccans who caused disturbances in Catholic churches as part of a wider effort to reduce terrorism threats, the country’s top security official said Thursday. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano detailed the deportations to lawmakers but ...

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General says 5 U.S. troops wounded in Afghan fighting

WASHINGTON – Five U.S. special operations troops were wounded in combat with Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, the senior U.S. commander in the country said Thursday. It appeared to be the first reported instance of U.S. troops being wounded ...

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Washington Post reporter barred from entering Pence event

WAUKESHA, Wis. – The Washington Post says one of its reporters was barred from entering a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence near Milwaukee. The newspaper says Post reporter Jose DelReal was turned down for a credential before the rally and tried to enter through general admission. The Post reports DelReal was stopped by private security who said he couldn’t enter with his laptop and cellphone. The Post says the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department verified DelReal had no phone after patting him down, but DelReal still was denied entry.

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Study shows fatalities increase when red-light cameras shut down

WASHINGTON – Red-light cameras are widely hated, but a new study says getting rid of them can have fatal consequences. Traffic deaths from red-light-running crashes go up by nearly a third after cities turn off cameras designed to catch motorists in the act, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute is funded by auto insurers.

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TGIF Wild Card — 12.2.16

I will be gone from the controls of Hucks Central for about 90 minutes this morning, to attend the funeral of a church friend. Here's your Wild Card ...

A holiday lights tour before work

It's a little before 6 a.m. when the downtown bound No. 43 bus pulls away from the stop and lumbers west on 37th. The four or five passengers near me ...

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