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TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2016

FILE - This Aug. 20, 2013 filel photo shows the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. (Uncredited / AP)

Japan finds costs are ballooning for dismantling Fukushima

TOKYO – Japan’s estimate of dismantling the Fukushima nuclear plant is ballooning far beyond the utility’s estimate of $19 billion. A government study released Tuesday found decommissioning the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant already has cost 80 billion yen ($770 million) over the last three years.

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President Barack Obama talks with Jimmy Kimmel in between taping segments of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the El Capitan Entertainment Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. (Susan Walsh / AP)

Obama mixes talk of ‘mean tweets,’ politics on Jimmy Kimmel

LOS ANGELES – President Barack Obama entertained Jimmy Kimmel’s audience with some of the mean tweets sent his way, beginning with one sent by Donald Trump in August when he said “President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States.” Obama’s reply: “Really? Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a president.”

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MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., accompanies Hillary Clinton on Mondayat a rally at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Attacks fly right and left in sprint to Nov. 8

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. – Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump each launched fresh attacks against the other on Monday, signaling that harshly negative closing arguments may dominate the final two weeks of the campaign. Clinton’s campaign tried to build on its case that Trump doesn’t respect women, while Trump again questioned the integrity of the election process – this time asserting that polls showing Clinton ahead across the country are “phony” and “rigged.”

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A Pakistani volunteer and a police officer rush an injured person to a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. A government official said at least 48 police trainees were killed when gunmen attacked a hostel at a police training center in Pakistan's restive southwestern Baluchistan province. (Arshad Butt / Associated Press)

Pakistani officials say 48 police trainees killed in attack

QUETTA, Pakistan – Gunmen stormed a police training center late Monday in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province and detonated explosive vests, killing at least 48 police trainees, authorities said. Baluchistan’s top health official, Noorul Haq, said at least 116 people were wounded – mostly police trainees and some paramilitary troops.

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Migrants line up to register at a processing center Monday in “the jungle” camp near Calais. (Emilio Morenatti / Associated Press)

France moves to dismantle notorious ‘Jungle’ refugee camp

CALAIS, France – More than 1,600 migrants were bused to new shelters across France on Monday as authorities prepared to dismantle the notorious “jungle” camp in Calais, a last stop for those desperate to cross the English Channel and enter Britain. France maintains it is closing the camp for humanitarian reasons and to end the stateless limbo for thousands of migrants, many of whom have made unsuccessful attempts to cross the channel. But the camp also has become a glaring symbol of Europe’s struggle to cope with a massive influx of migrants and refugees since last year, many from war-torn places such as Syria and Afghanistan.

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Robert D’Andrea, a retired Army major and Iraq war veteran, at his Los Angeles home on October 21, 2016, holding a photo of his team on his first deployment to Iraq and one of his two Bronze Stars and Army Commendation Medal for Valor. After two tours of duty the decorated veteran is fighting  to retain a  bonus he received in 2008 for his service. (Al Seib / Tribune News Service)

Pentagon’s efforts to take back bonuses from veterans were known to Congress

The California National Guard told the state’s members of Congress two years ago that the Pentagon was trying to claw back re-enlistment bonuses from thousands of soldiers, but Congress took no action, according to a senior National Guard official. The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the Pentagon has been demanding repayment of enlistment bonuses – which often reached $15,000 or more – from thousands of California Guard soldiers, many of whom had served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Aide: Christie knew mayor thought traffic might be payback

Questions over what Republican Gov. Chris Christie knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closings were raised again Monday as a former ally testified she told him a Democratic mayor had expressed concern the resulting traffic jams in his city were political retribution.

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In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, the website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes on

WASHINGTON – Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That will stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.

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In a Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Associated Press)

‘Serial’ star Adnan Syed asks to be released from jail

BALTIMORE – A defendant awaiting retrial for the slaying of his high school girlfriend and whose story was the center of a popular podcast is asking to be released from prison. Justin Brown, a lawyer representing Adnan Syed, wrote in a motion filed Monday that Syed should be released while awaiting retrial because he poses “no danger to the community.” Brown also noted his client has already served 17 years in prison “based on an unconstitutional conviction for a crime he did not commit.”

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A study released by the American Cancer Society on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, shows cigarettes contribute to more than one in four cancer deaths nationwide. (2015 file photo) (Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)

One-fourth of U.S. cancer deaths linked with smoking

CHICAGO – Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in Southern states where smoking is more common and the rules against it are not as strict. The American Cancer Society study found the highest rate among men in Arkansas, where 40 percent of cancer deaths were linked to cigarette smoking. Kentucky had the highest rate among women – 29 percent.

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Analysis: Evan McMullin attempts unprecedented election achievement

We have enough data in the bank that we can now say it: Independent candidate Evan McMullin has a very real chance of winning a state – Utah – on Election Day. Multiple polls now show him neck-and-neck with Donald Trump. And if he does, he’ll be doing something that hasn’t been done in 92 years and has happened only once since the Civil War: Winning a single state as a protest vote.

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Parting Shot — 10.25.16

Unidentified babies wear World Series onesie at the Cleveland Clinic's Fairview Hospital in Cleveland today. Newborn babies at the Cleveland hospital have joined the ranks of the Cleveland Indians' fans. ...

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