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Monday, October 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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U.S. has begun reducing troops in Afghanistan, commander says

The United States has reduced its troop strength in Afghanistan over the past year, the commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan announced Monday, despite the abrupt end last month of peace talks with the Taliban that centered on a draw-down of American troops.
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Israel’s Netanyahu gives up on forming new coalition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of political uncertainty.

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U.S. takes step to require DNA samples from asylum-seekers

The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals, a Justice Department official said.
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2nd Sesame Street Place park opening in San Diego

There are plenty of sunny days to sweep the clouds away where SeaWorld is opening its next theme park. Officials with SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop announced Monday that they are opening the country’s second Sesame Place park in San Diego in spring 2021.
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U.S. may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oilfields

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019, 4:09 p.m.

The U.S. may leave some forces in Syria to secure oilfields and make sure they don’t fall into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday, even though President Donald Trump has insisted he is pulling troops out of the country and getting out of “endless wars.”
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Mitt Romney admits to running secret Twitter account under the alias ‘Pierre Delecto’

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019, 12:16 p.m.

For years, Pierre Delecto’s presence on Twitter largely went unnoticed. Operating a bare-bones account with the handle @qaws9876, the user’s limited activity revealed only an interest in politics – namely, supporting Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah. So when “Pierre Delecto” started trending Sunday on the social media platform, people were understandably confused.
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Tornado slams Dallas; 4 killed in Arkansas, Oklahoma

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019, 4 p.m.

A tornado tossed trees into homes, tore off storefronts and downed power lines but killed no one in a densely populated area of Dallas, leaving Mayor Eric Johnson to declare the city “very fortunate” to be assessing only property damage.
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Much-vandalized Emmett Till memorial replaced again in Mississippi

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

The cars came one by one, down a gravel road and through a cotton field, to the edge of the Tallahatchie River and the spot where, 64 years ago, historians believe Emmett Till’s lifeless body was pulled from the river. The vehicles carried relatives of Till, including a cousin, the Rev. Wheeler Parker, community leaders and advocates dedicated to keeping his memory alive. The group had gathered on Saturday at noon in the remote spot near Glendora, Mississippi, to dedicate yet another memorial to Till. And this time, it was bulletproof.