Small quakes continue to shake Italy

MILAN -- A series of small temblors have continued to shake a mountainous region of central Italy, further unsettling thousands of residents displaced by a pair of powerful aftershocks to the deadly August quake.
Italy's national volcanology center said two smaller quakes registered magnitudes above 4 before dawn Thursday, centered near Macerata in the Marche region, while dozens of smaller ones were recorded in the area overnight.
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With or without sale, changes could come to Twitter

NEW YORK - Sale or no sale, Twitter users are bound to see changes as the beleaguered communications service tries to broaden its appeal to more people and advertisers.
A new owner could clean up Twitter and curb some of the nastiness that's become synonymous with it.
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Chinese sailor attempting record missing in Pacific near Hawaii

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Chinese man attempting to set a sailing record after a crew did not find him aboard his boat off the Hawaii islands.
In a statement Wednesday night, the Coast Guard said a crew from the USS Makin Island went aboard Guo Chuan's trimaran about 620 miles northwest of Oahu and only found Guo's life jacket.
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Police veto plans to reopen Australian theme park 3 days after deaths

CANBERRA, Australia - The Australian theme park where four people died on a river rapids ride has defended its safety record as police vetoed plans to reopen its doors to the public three days after the tragedy.
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Pipeline protesters brace for confrontation with police

CANNON BALL, N.D. - Protesters trying to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline were bracing for a confrontation with police Thursday after the demonstrators refused to leave private land in the pipeline's path.
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Japan, U.S. and South Korea agree to step up pressure on North Korea

TOKYO - Senior officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Thursday to step up pressure on North Korea as they stick to their goal of persuading the communist state to abandon its nuclear weapons.
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Samsung heir joins board, moving toward top leadership role

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - The grandson of Samsung's founder is stepping up as its new leader after the failure of the company's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7.
Shareholders of Samsung Electronics Co.
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Local sheriff's office getting impatient with Dakota Access protesters

Protesters trying to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline were bracing for a confrontation with police Thursday after the demonstrators refused to leave private land in the pipeline's path.
A months-long dispute over the four-state, $3.8 billion US pipeline reached a crisis point when some 200 protesters set up camp on land owned by pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners.
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Search continues for man wanted in Oklahoma 'rage killings'

OKLAHOMA CITY - The search for an Oklahoma man wanted in a cross-state string of killings, shootings and carjackings is entering its fourth day, and authorities say they have no idea where the suspect may be.
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Suncor production rebound after Fort McMurray fire leads to profit

CALGARY - Oilsands giant Suncor Energy is reporting net third-quarter earnings of $392 million compared with a net loss of $376 million in the same period of last year.
The Calgary-based company reports a strong production rebound after second-quarter interruptions caused by the wildfire that swept through Fort McMurray, Alta.
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Early voting shows Clinton ahead: AP-GfK poll

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton appears on the cusp of a potentially commanding victory over Donald Trump, fueled by solid Democratic turnout in early voting, massive operational advantages and increasing enthusiasm among her supporters.
A new Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday finds the Democratic nominee has grabbed significant advantages over her Republican rival with just 12 days left before Election Day.
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Uncle of Japanese emperor dies at age 100

TOKYO - The younger brother of former Japanese Emperor Hirohito died Thursday at the age of 100.
The Imperial Household Agency announced that Prince Mikasa had died in the morning at a hospital in Tokyo.
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