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    Orthodox Christians try to halt play, clash with police

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek riot police have used batons to stop an attempted theater invasion by monks, priests and other Orthodox Christians protesting what they claim is a blasphemous play. Wielding poles with Greek flags on them, some of the 100-strong crowd tried to break a police cordon Wednesday outside the Aristoteleion Theatre in […]
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    Explosion at firecracker factory in India kills 8 workers

    NEW DELHI (AP) — An explosion at an unlicensed firecracker factory killed eight workers and injured 20 other people in eastern India as Hindus celebrated their most popular Diwali festival, police said Thursday. A police officer said rescuers cleared debris of the collapsed building in a town in Balasore district in Orissa state on Thursday […]
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    Melania Trump to donate inaugural ball gown to Smithsonian

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is donating her inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies’ Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. The first lady is handing over the vanilla silk, off-the-shoulder gown during a ceremony Friday in Washington. The gown also featured a slit skirt, ruffled accent trim from the neckline to the hem and a […]
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    Law firm asks: Does Facebook friendship disqualify judge?

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Is a Facebook friendship a reason to disqualify a judge? A Florida law firm is asking the state Supreme Court if a judge should be disqualified from hearing a case because he’s Facebook friends with an attorney appearing before him. The firm Herssein Law Group from North Miami asked the court […]
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    Swiss executive asks voters to reject paid paternity leave

    GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s executive body is advising voters to reject a ballot initiative that would grant new fathers at least 20 days of paid paternity leave. The seven-member Federal Council argues says Switzerland should instead improve options for childcare and let business and labor leaders iron out the issue. The council argues that the […]
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    Harry Potter exhibit marks 20th anniversary of first book

    LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter fans owe a debt of gratitude to Alice Newton. Alice was 8 years old when her father, a Bloomsbury Publishing executive, brought home a new manuscript for her to read. “The excitement in this book made me feel warm inside,” she scrawled in a note to her dad. “I think […]
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    For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gary wasn’t used to being around people. He didn’t like being touched or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he’d lash out. He was perfect for the job. Because at the Working Cats program, no manners is no problem. Philadelphia’s Animal Care and Control Team established the program about four […]
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    Brian Houston of Hillsong Church has book coming in 2018

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Houston, global senior pastor of Hillsong Church, has a book coming out next year. WaterBrook, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that “There is More: When the World Says You Can’t — God Says You Can” will be published in March. Houston will […]
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    Newlyweds’ pot-bellied pig gets second reprieve from borough

    LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania borough has granted a second reprieve to a newly married couple fighting for the right to keep their pet pot-bellied pig. Leechburg Council last month voted to delay a decision on Finley, the pig owned by Destiny and Cody Griffith. Council again on Tuesday night voted 7-0 to suspend […]
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    The Latest: Governors urge Congress to back health subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care legislation (all times local): 10 p.m. A bipartisan group of governors is urging congressional leaders to support a plan to calm health insurance markets after President Donald Trump blocked federal subsidies to insurers. The letter, signed by 10 governors, says, “Stabilizing insurance markets […]