Threat of North Korea nuclear weapons await next U.S. president

WASHINGTON - If North Korea has been a foreign policy headache for Barack Obama's presidency, it threatens to be a migraine for his successor. The next president will likely contend with an adversary able to strike the continental U.S.
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Talk of Clinton winning Texas has Republicans nervous

HOUSTON - It's no surprise that Hillary Clinton hasn't gambled much on Texas, a state no Democratic presidential candidate has won in 40 years. What's surprising is the scare she's giving Republicans anyway.
Growing talk over whether Texas is truly in jeopardy for Donald Trump has become another distress signal for the billionaire's campaign, which is already fighting to hang onto Utah and Arizona, two other typically reliable GOP strongholds.
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Asian stocks mixed due to Wall Street gloom

TOKYO -- Asian shares were mixed Friday as a weaker yen sent Japan's benchmark higher, despite persisting gloom from Wall Street's recent declines.
KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.6 per cent to 17,446.41 and the Shanghai Composite index inched up less than 0.1 per cent to 3,112.91.
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Fish and politics fuel Antarctic marine reserve deal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Nations from around the world on Friday reached an historic agreement to preserve an area of ocean near Antarctica that's about twice the size of Texas. Here are some questions and answers about the deal:
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Amazon using Prime service to court food shoppers

NEW YORK -- Amazon wants you to order your turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce online this Thanksgiving - its latest effort to make its Prime subscription service a central part of food shopping, much the way it's done for other consumer goods.
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Jury awards $72M to woman in baby powder lawsuit

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused her cancer, the latest case raising concerns about the health ramifications of extended talcum powder use.
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Police arrest, evict oil pipeline protesters in North Dakota

CANNON BALL, N.D. - A months-long protest over the Dakota Access oil pipeline reached its most chaotic pitch yet when hundreds of law enforcement officers moved in to force activists off private property.
Thursday's nearly six-hour operation dramatically escalated the dispute over Native American rights and the project's environmental impact, with officers in riot gear firing bean bags and pepper spray.
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Britney Spears 'invigorated' by wardrobe malfunction

Britney Spears felt "invigorated" when she almost bared her breasts at a concert in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The pop star was performing her cover of Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll during her Piece of Me show at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino when the hook keeping her striped and studded bra together snapped and almost led to a boob-popping wardrobe malfunction.
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Saudi Arabia accuses Yemen of firing missile towards Mecca

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Shiite rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile toward the holy Muslim city of Mecca overnight, Saudi Arabia said Friday, the insurgents' deepest strike yet into the kingdom amid the country's stalemate civil war.
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Nobel laureate Toni Morrison receives lifetime achievement award from PEN

NEW YORK -- Toni Morrison has received a lifetime achievement award from the PEN American Center.
Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night at the New School auditorium in Manhattan to recognize Morrison. The Nobel laureate received a prize named for a previous Nobel winner, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award.
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Alberta mayor, MP say they will fight move of immigration processing centre

VEGREVILLE, Alta. - The mayor of an Alberta town says he will fight the relocation of the federal immigration and refugee processing centre that has been the community's major employer since it opened in 1994.
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Brazil valley waits for recovery one year after mine flood

BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil - Spreading below lush mountains, this valley is rich in mineral wealth, including veins of gold and one of the largest iron ore deposits in the planet, discoveries that turned the area into Brazil's mining country and the birthplace of one of the world's top producers of minerals.
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