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U.S. authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise

LOS ANGELES -- The caller who rang Valerie Sobel's cellphone had a horrifying message: "We have Simone's finger. Do you want to see the rest of her in a body bag?"
Then came the sound of her daughter, screaming in terror.
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Man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans

LOS ANGELES — A man was arrested on federal smuggling charges Tuesday after customs officers intercepted a shipment with three live king cobras hidden inside potato chip canisters that were being mailed to his California home, U.S.
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Europe rights court: Sex still important for older women

LISBON, Portugal -- Judges in Portugal were guilty of sexual discrimination in a medical compensation case when they decided that the importance of sex diminished with the age of a woman, Europe's human rights court ruled in a judgment published Tuesday.
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For many people with developmental disabilities, finding a full-time job that provides the necessary support is a major challenge.
It’s estimated that more than 70 per cent of Canadian adults with developmental disabilities are unemployed, according to Statistics Canada.
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Australia's highest-ranking Catholic in court to face sex charges

The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday in a scandal that has stunned the Holy See and threatened to tarnish the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy.
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First Nations treaties, revenue sharing top priorities with B.C. NDP government

VICTORIA -- British Columbia's new premier has placed First Nations issues near the top of his government's to-do list, committing his cabinet to transforming stalled treaty talks and negotiating revenue-sharing agreements.
The priority shift prompted a "hallelujah" Tuesday from one Indigenous leader.
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Robert Pattinson: FKA Twigs is 'kind of' my fiancee

Robert Pattinson has kept his romance with FKA Twigs as private as possible to protect her from crazy Twilight fans.
The actor began dating the singer in September 2014, and soon after their love affair grabbed the headlines, she became the victim of racist attacks from online trolls, who prompted the lovebirds to stay under the radar.
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Alaska man says boat attacked by orca whale

SITKA, Alaska -- An Alaska man said his boat was attacked over the weekend by an orca during a salmon fishing excursion with his 14-year-old son and two other people.
Victor Littlefield of Sitka said the killer whale repeatedly rammed the boat, yanked its anchor line and slapped the boat's bow with its tail.
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Top Vatican official faces Australian court on sex charges [Video]

MELBOURNE, Australia — The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis arrived at an Australian court on Wednesday for his first court appearance, as he vows to clear his name in a scandal that has rattled Rome.
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Ivanka Trump speaks at Pence fundraiser

Ivanka Trump, center, and her husband, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, right, sit in the front row during a joint news conference of President Donald Trump and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
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Google Street View goes where no Google Street View has gone before

Google has taken its cameras where few cameras have gone before, capturing images aboard the International Space Station.
It's a first for Street View Imagery. With the help of French astronaut and aerospace engineer Thomas Pesquet, who returned to earth last month after a six-month mission, Google has charted life beyond the blue planet, collecting images of life aboard the space station.
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U.S. and China report progress on new North Korea sanctions

The United States and China said Tuesday they are making progress on a new U.N. resolution that would impose additional sanctions against North Korea following its test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The U.S.
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