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Thousands flee wildfire near Yosemite National Park

MARIPOSA, Calif. -- A blaze burning in foothills west of Yosemite National Park destroyed dozens of structures and forced thousands to flee Gold Rush-era towns but fire crews have been able to stop it from reaching a threatened community on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
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Trump reportedly ending CIA plan to arm Syrian rebels

U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to halt the CIA's years-long covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the regime of the nation's president Bashar al-Assad. Russia had long pushed the United States to end the program.
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What makes a dog man's best friend? It's in the genes

Dogs that are extra friendly share certain genetic similarities with people who are born with a developmental disorder sometimes called the "opposite of autism," which makes them hyper social, researchers said Wednesday.
The report in the journal Science Advances pinpointed changes in two genes that are related to extreme social behavior in dogs, and also in people who are born with Williams-Beuren Syndrome.
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Move over, 'Mash Donalds': Foreign food chains brave risks for a bite of Iran

For years, Iranians have had to put up with the likes of "Mash Donalds" and "Pizza Hat". Now real Western food franchises have finally arrived, but doing business in Iran is not for the faint-hearted.
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Radiohead defies boycott calls for Israel concert

Radiohead defied calls to boycott Israel over its occupation of Palestinian territory and played for tens of thousands in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, with singer Thom Yorke having dismissed critics as patronising.
The band made no reference to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the pioneering rock group made its way through a more than two-hour set at the Park Hayarkon outdoor venue with some 47,000 in attendance.
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Thai general among dozens convicted of human trafficking

A Thai army general was one of dozens of people convicted in a major human trafficking trial that included 103 defendants accused of involvement in a modern-day slavery trade.
Lt.-Gen. Manas Kongpaen was convicted of several offences Wednesday involving trafficking and taking bribes in the case involving migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
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8th right whale found dead in Gulf of St. Lawrence, 1 more entangled

An eighth North Atlantic right whale has been found dead and another is entangled in fishing gear in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Marine Animal Response Society said in a Facebook post.
In the past two months, seven other right whales have been found dead in the the Gulf of St.
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Neuroscientists find new way to make lab equipment on the cheap

Neuroscientists from the Universities of Tubingen and Sussex have created a budget-friendly imaging and microscope system for research, training and teaching using 3D printing and inexpensive electronics components.
Using 3D printing, cheap microcomputers and some other components you could pick up at at your local electronics store, researchers have pioneered an open-source, do-it-yourself alternative to prohibitively expensive lab equipment.
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In the tiny central B.C. community of Riske Creek, logging and ranching are a way of life, but in recent days, many of the 90 or so residents have found themselves on the front line of one of the largest fires in the province.
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Ship that may have sunk admiral's career to be unveiled in Quebec

The ship that may have cost the military's second-in-command his career will be formally unveiled in an elaborate ceremony Thursday at Quebec's Chantier Davie Shipyard.
The MV Asterix will serve as a temporary naval supply ship, starting early in the new year, after it goes through a series of shakedown trials.
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Supreme Court building to get $1B rehab in 2023, well after systems risk failure

The Liberal government has launched a $1-billion project to rehabilitate the crumbling Supreme Court building, though key systems are at risk of failure long before any repairs begin.
A water-damaged section of the parking garage roof could collapse by the end of next year, and mechanical and electrical systems are predicted to fail by 2020 and 2021, says an internal document obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act.
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Midnight in an Istanbul park: Syrian children play in the shadow of war

It's nearing midnight in a dimly lit park in Istanbul, not far from the sea, and eight-year-old Kais is scooting around on his new bike. He's joined by a dozen other Syrian boys and girls, scampering on the slides and laughing on the swings under a full moon.
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