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After quiet German election campaign, Merkel hopes for fourth term

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel appears all but certain to win a fourth term when Germans vote Sunday after a humdrum campaign produced few divisive issues but saw smaller parties gain support - including the nationalist, anti-migration Alternative for Germany, which is set to become the most right-wing party in parliament for 60 years.
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California man faces life sentence for killing 8 in hair salon

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A California man faces life in prison at his sentencing Friday for killing his ex-wife and seven others in a shooting rampage at the hair salon where she worked.
Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat operator, is scheduled to be sentenced in Orange County for the 2011 killings to which he pleaded guilty three years ago.
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A look at Kim Jong Un's 'dotard' insult

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - North Korea may be famous for the bombastic, derogatory and often-awkward English phrases it uses to slam its enemies. But the dispatch quoting leader Kim Jong Un calling U.S. President Donald Trump "the mentally deranged U.S.
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U.S. urges all nations to stop spread of nuclear weapons

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has appealed to the international community, especially Russia and China, to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. He says North Korea is a case study of the failure to prevent rogue states from obtaining weapons of mass destruction.
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Jimmy Kimmel transforms health debate, shows comedy's new role

NEW YOR-- If the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare doesn't work, it may become known as the Jimmy Kimmel Non-Law.
The comic's withering attacks this week have transformed the debate over the bill (sponsored by Sens.
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Search for Mexico earthquake survivors enters Day 4, with some success

Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.
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Search for Mexico quake survivors enters day 4

MEXICO CITY - Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.
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5 things to know about North Korean leader's rebuke of Trump

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - On the surface it seems like more of the same: North Korea responds to another threat by U.S. President Donald Trump by calling him a "deranged" old man who will "pay dearly" for his insults.
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L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt dies at 94

PARIS -- Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oreal cosmetics heiress and the world’s richest woman, has died at her home in a chic Parisian suburb. She was 94.
Bettencourt’s daughter, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, said in a written statement Thursday that her mother "left peacefully" overnight in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
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Asian stocks drop on North Korea concerns

HONG KONG - Most Asian stock markets fell Friday as investors turned cautious following new U.S. sanctions targeting North Korea and a China credit rating downgrade.
KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.4 per cent to 20,273.26 and South Korea's Kospi lost 0.7 per cent to 2,389.83.
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Canadian retailers see potential NAFTA change as threat

TORONTO - A Canadian looking for a high-end men's shoe from can buy it from a major online retailer in the U.S. or get it for 25 per cent less at the bustling Eaton Centre mall in downtown Toronto.
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Ryan Gosling to host 'SNL' premiere with Jay-Z as musical guest

NEW YORK - "Saturday Night Live" says it's kicking off its 43rd season Sept. 30 with guest host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z.
For Gosling's encore host appearance he'll be on hand to promote his new film, "Blade Runner 2049.
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