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FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2016

In this image made from video, smoke rises from a building where two militants are believed to be holed up, according to Rudaw TV, in Kirkuk, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early on Friday . (Rudaw TV via AP)

IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight

KIRKUK, Iraq – Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul. At least 13 workers, including four Iranians, were killed when IS militants stormed a power plant north of Kirkuk and then blew themselves up.

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Medical evacuations from Aleppo fail to materialize

BEIRUT – The Syrian government on Friday opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, but the U.N. said planned medical evacuations haven’t begun as planned because of a lack of security assurances from the warring sides. The evacuations, part of a Russia-announced pause in fighting, were announced a day earlier with great hopes by U.N. officials.

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Money rolls in to rescue Smithsonian’s ruby red slippers

WASHINGTON – People are pledging lots of green to restore a pair of famous red slippers. On Monday, the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $300,000 to preserve its pair of the ruby slippers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas at the end of “The Wizard of Oz.” By Friday morning, the campaign had already raised $239,000. More than 4,390 people had backed the project.

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FILE - In this May 12, 2016 file photo, Jesus Alonso, center, holds a sign between other volunteers after a news conference announcing that San Francisco backers of a tax on sugary beverages have enough signatures to put the measure on the  ballot. In November 2016, voters in San Francisco and Oakland will consider a penny per ounce tax on sugar laden drinks. (Jeff Chiu / AP)

Sanders tells soda tax opponents to stop using his name

SAN FRANCISCO ( – Saying that too much sugar is a serious health problem, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told the soft drink industry to stop using his name in ads fighting proposed soda taxes in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Vermont senator said in a statement provided Thursday that campaign commercials and mailers implying that he opposes soda tax measures on the Nov. 8 ballot in San Francisco and Oakland are false. Neighboring Albany also has a penny-per-ounce tax measure on its ballot.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  and Republican nominee Donald Trump , make what is likely their final appearance together before the election at the 71st annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York on Thursday. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Trump, Clinton trade barbs as roast turns bitter

NEW YORK – The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie gala in New York that is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day, is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities ...

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. (Wu Hong / Associated Press)

Philippine president parts from U.S., moves toward China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum on Thursday, after handing China a major diplomatic victory, agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony.

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Bush and Gore demonstrators express their opinions outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 11, 2000, when the court was hearing oral arguments in the Florida election case. (MICHAEL DIBARI JR. / Associated Press)

Al Gore’s fight in 2000 was nothing like Trump scenario today

Everything was fairly normal in the 2000 presidential election until about 10 p.m. Eastern on Election Day. Television networks had called the state of Florida for Vice President Al Gore, a critical win that seemed to pave his path to the presidency. Results in other states hinted at a close race; Gore’s Florida win slotted a critically large chunk of electoral votes into his column.

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Parting Shot - 10.21.16

Fog blankets the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)



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