California wildfire forces closure of scenic Highway 1

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  • Aug 09, 2016
LOS ANGELES An epic wildfire that has killed one person and blackened about 60,000 acres along the California coast, forced authorities on Monday to shut down a portion of scenic Highway 1 near Carmel-by-the-Sea.The closure of the highway, which runs a...
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Japan to resume whaling in the Antarctic despite IWC ruling

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  • Nov 28, 2015
TOKYO Japan has decided to resume whaling in the Antarctic Ocean by the end of March after a hiatus since last year, a move likely to prompt international outrage.The International Court of Justice ruled in March last year that Japan's decades-old whal...
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Judge dismisses Pennsylvania woman's lawsuit against Bill Cosby

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  • Jan 25, 2016
A U.S. federal judge on Thursday dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by a Pennsylvania woman against Bill Cosby, which contended the comedian smeared her character when he accused her of lying in claiming he had sexually assaulted her in the 1980s.R...
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Apple wins dismissal of lawsuit over MacBook logic boards

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  • Sep 07, 2015
Apple Inc won the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit accusing it of defrauding consumers by selling MacBook laptop computers that contained "logic boards" it knew were defective, and which routinely failed within two years.U.S. District Judge William A...
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Top seeds progress, Djokovic denies match-fixing report

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  • Jan 21, 2016
MELBOURNE World number one Novak Djokovic swept regally into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday before being forced to deny any involvement in the tennis match-fixing scandal that has dogged the first three days of the grand slam.The S...
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Fiji declares curfew nationwide as powerful cyclone Winston approaches

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  • Feb 20, 2016
Fiji declared a nationwide curfew on Saturday, as airlines suspended flights and the prime minister warned people to seek refuge from a cyclone that could prove to be the Pacific island nation's most powerful on record.After twice hammering outlying is...
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Bangkok’s Chinatown: a night at the opera

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  • Mar 02, 2016
BANGKOK Battles, a search for love and justice, all set in China. Hired by local Chinese shrines, opera companies in Bangkok’s Chinatown perform mythical stories in Mandarin to round off celebrations marking the Lunar New Year in the Thai capital.The...
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Greece picks own director to head arts festival after Belgian artist quits

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  • Apr 05, 2016
ATHENS Greece on Monday picked a local theater director to curate its most renowned annual summer arts festival after Belgian artist Jan Fabre quit following protests from artists that his plans excluded Greek works. Fabre resigned on April 2, complain...
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Jolie visits Greece to highlight Mideast refugee plight

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  • Mar 17, 2016
PIRAEUS, Greece A day after visiting refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie traveled to Greece on Wednesday to highlight the plight of war-fleeing families stuck in the country.Jolie visited the temporary offices of U.N. ...
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Fiji super cyclone kills 10 and raises fears of health crisis

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  • Feb 22, 2016
SYDNEY Fiji began a massive cleanup on Monday after one of the most powerful storms recorded in the southern hemisphere tore through the Pacific island nation, flattening remote villages, cutting off communications and killing at least 10 people.Aid ag...
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