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US official: $2B at risk in suspension of aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON –  Up to $2 billion in U.S. aid could be affected by President Donald Trump’s suspension of security assistance to Pakistan, which is accused of failing to crack down on Taliban militants targeting U.S. personnel in neighboring Afghanistan, a senior U.S. administration official said Friday. Those funds comprise about $1 billion in planned military assistance, including the $255 million ...

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Virginia volunteer firefighters charged in connection with alleged gang-rape of 17-year-old girl

Six volunteer firefighters from the Strasburg Fire Department were arrested and charged in connection with the gang-rape of a 17-year-old girl.  (FOX5) Six Virginia volunteer firefighters were arrested and charged with gang-raping a 17-year-old girl, videotaping the assault and sharing it on social media. The six members of the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department were arrested over the weekend after a ...

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Employees at some Tim Hortons reportedly see benefits cut over minimum wage hike

FILE 2017: The Toronto Star reported Wednesday that employees at some of the Canadian-based coffee chain’s stores received a letter about benefit changes over the country’s new minimum wage increase.  (Reuters) Employees who work at Tim Hortons locations in Canada owned by the co-founders’ children will reportedly see their benefits reduced along with paid breaks over the country’s $2.40 increase ...

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The Latest: South Korea welcomes North Korea’s overture

SEOUL, South Korea –  The Latest on North Korea’s decision to restore a key cross-border communication channel with rival South Korea (all times local): 2:40 p.m. South Korea says it is welcoming North Korea’s decision to restore a key cross-border communication channel. The South’s Unification Ministry said Wednesday it will try to use the communication channel at the border village ...

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This tiny sea monster had creepy mouth appendages

Artistic reconstruction of the tiny sea predator <em>Habelia optata</em>.  (Joanna Liang/Royal Ontario Museum) When Habelia optata first skittered into public consciousness more than a century ago, scientists didn’t know what to make of it. The long-extinct sea predator, which flourished during the middle Cambrian period about 508 million years ago, measured less than a inch long, yet it wasn’t an animal you’d ...

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Iran state TV: 9 killed in nationwide protests, unrest

TEHRAN, Iran –  Clashes overnight between protesters and security forces in Iran killed nine people, state television reported Tuesday, including some rioters who tried to storm a police station to steal weapons. The demonstrations, the largest to strike Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have seen six days of unrest across the country and a death toll of at ...

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