Mike Pence continues to massage Trump's controversial remarks

RENO, Nev. -- It's become a familiar routine for Mike Pence.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says something headline-grabbing, dubious or outright false, and his mild-mannered running mate sets out to refashion the boss's argument.
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Donald Glover cast as Lando Calrissian in Han Solo film

LOS ANGELES -- Donald Glover is joining the "Star Wars" universe.
Disney announced Friday that the writer, actor and rapper will play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo "Star Wars" film.
Alden Ehrenreich was previously cast as the title character.
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Taliban brief Pakistan about talks with Kabul

ISLAMABAD - Three senior Taliban members travelled to Pakistan this week and held a series of meetings with Pakistani officials in Islamabad, mainly to brief them about the recent talks held in Qatar between the Taliban and Kabul, a senior Taliban official, an Afghan diplomat and a Pakistani official said Saturday.
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Boston water main floods trench, killing 2 workers

BOSTON — Two workers in Boston were killed when a water main gave way and flooded a deep trench where they were working.
The Boston Fire Department recovered the bodies Friday night in the South End neighbourhood after several hours of painstaking work.
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Montana judge sparks outrage with no prison time for man charged with incest

HELENA, Mont. -- A judge's decision not to order prison time for a Montana man who raped his 12-year-old daughter has sparked outrage from afar and calls closer to home to toughen the state's law, which allows such lenience in certain circumstances.
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At least 53 killed after overloaded train derails in Cameroon

ESEKA, Cameroon -- An overloaded train derailed along the route that links Cameroon's two major cities on Friday, killing at least 53 people and injuring more than 300, the government said.
The injured could not be evacuated until rail travel is re-established, said government spokesman Issa Tchiroma, adding that the death toll is likely to rise.
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No discipline for Minneapolis cops in Jamar Clark slaying

Minneapolis’ police chief says two officers followed proper procedure in a confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark in November and won’t face discipline.
Chief Janee Harteau said Friday that an internal investigation found the officers were warranted in using deadly force in the death of the 24-year-old black man.
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Syrian government carried out chemical attack on citizens: report

An international team has determined that the Syrian government carried out a third chemical attack in the conflict-wracked nation, according to a report released late Friday.
In August, the team from the United Nations and the chemical weapons watchdog blamed President Bashar Assad's government for using chlorine gas in two attacks and Islamic State fighters for using mustard gas in one attack.
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Chris Christie knew of plan to shut N.J. bridge, aide testifies

NEWARK, N.J. -- Republican Gov. Chris Christie approved of a traffic study on the George Washington Bridge, his former deputy chief of staff testified Friday in her criminal trial, but federal prosecutors say it was actually a cover story for a political payback scheme designed to cause traffic jams.
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Convicted pedophile faces new charges of public nudity, mischief

Jeffrey Wills, 42, of Ottawa, was arrested on Thursday following a police investigation which took place between Oct.
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An Edmonton man who once won a $10-million Lotto 6/49 jackpot was fined $5,000 Friday for giving an OxyContin pill to a female undercover police officer posing as a prostitute.
Cecil Underwood, 67, was also placed on probation for two years after earlier pleading guilty to drug trafficking.
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Police arrest 35 suspected members of Long Island Gang after teen's remains found

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. - Thirty-five suspected members of a Long Island gang have been arrested amid a string of brutal killings, including the discovery of a teenager's skeletal remains.
Jose Pena-Hernandez, 18, was believed to be a member of the MS-13 gang with links to El Salvador and Los Angeles, the Suffolk County assistant police commissioner, Justin Meyers, told The Associated Press on Friday.
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