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Samsung, surmounting legal woes, logs record profit on chips

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of -- After a tumultuous year when its chief was jailed and its fire-prone smartphones were recalled and then discontinued, Samsung Electronics has reported record high quarterly earnings thanks to booming demand for memory chips.
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Video captures moment ride malfunctions at Ohio State Fair; 1 killed, 7 hurt

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, hurling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others.
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Argentina sentences 4 ex-judges for dictatorship-era crimes

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Four former federal judges in Argentina were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for crimes against humanity committed during the country's last dictatorship in a ruling human rights groups are calling historic for punishing the regime's civilian accomplices.
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B.C. wildfire forces evacuations, threatens structures near Kamloops

KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- A rapidly-moving wildfire has forced people to flee dozens of properties east of Kamloops, B.C.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation order for 39 properties in Monte Lake Wednesday night, saying a fire burning in the area posed an "imminent threat" to people and property.
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Cellphone video shot by California inmates shows escape

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Video shot by three inmates with a smuggled cellphone shows their methodical escape through a vent at the maximum-security wing of a Southern California jail last year, along with scenes from their days on the run.
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North Korea mysteriously cancels beer fest, but unveils new brew

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of -- North Korea has suddenly cancelled a popular monthlong beer festival, but people won't be going thirsty in a country where brews are cheap and carry the ruling family's seal of approval.
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Michael Jackson estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million, jury finds

LOS ANGELES — A jury on Wednesday found that Michael Jackson’s estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from “Billie Jean,” ”Thriller“ and more of the superstar’s biggest hits.
The award from a Los Angeles Superior Court jury fell short of the $30 million the legendary producer sought in the lawsuit filed nearly four years ago, but well above the approximately $392,000 the Jackson estate contended Jones was owed.
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Meet George Payette, Canada’s last known grain elevator repairman

Standing like sentinels over the Canadian prairies, grain elevators were once a ubiquitous site. But over time, hundreds have been demolished. To preserve those that still stand, there’s George Payette -- Canada’s last known grain elevator repairman.
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Protesters gather in NYC against Trump ban on transgender troops

NEW YORK -- Demonstrators have flocked to a military recruiting station in New York City to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt ban on transgender troops in the military.
A crowd of at least a couple of hundred people gathered around the U.S.
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Protesters gather against Trump ban on transgender troops

SAN FRANCISCO -- Demonstrators have flocked to a military recruiting station in New York City and gathered at a plaza named for a San Francisco gay-rights icon on Wednesday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt ban on transgender troops in the military.
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At Las Vegas hacker summit, a new focus on preventing brazen attacks

LAS VEGAS -- Against a backdrop of cyberattacks that amount to full-fledged sabotage, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos brought a sobering message to the hackers and security experts assembled at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.
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Drop that boombox: Music-playing hikers have Calgary man singing the blues

Kris LaBelle and his son love hiking in Kananaskis County. They get out as often as they can, but a recent trend has the Calgary man singing the blues.
"There seems to be a current trend, it seems to be novice or new hikers, that have been bringing out portable speakers and they have been playing music as they hike," LaBelle told CBC News.
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