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Netherlands exit poll has anti-immigration party making big gains

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- A right-wing populist party in the Netherlands emerged from provincial elections that also determine the makeup of the national Senate positioned for a big win, according to exit poll released late Wednesday.
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Cyclone Idai: Red Cross appeals for donations as Mozambique death toll rises

The Canadian Red Cross has issued an appeal for donations to help victims of a massive cyclone that hit the African country of Mozambique.
To make a donation, visit the Canadian Red Cross website.
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On heels of scandal, USC announces new president

LOS ANGELES -- The University of Southern California on Wednesday announced a new school president who will usher in "a new era" following a series of high-profile scandals that culminated last week with a massive college admissions bribery case.
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Trump: Let Mueller report come out, 'let people see it'

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller's report should be released to the public, even as he disparaged its very existence as "ridiculous."
"Let it come out, let people see it," Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Wednesday for a trip to Ohio.
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Mom with kids on YouTube channel suspected of child abuse

MARICOPA, Ariz. -- A woman who operates a popular YouTube channel aimed at kids is facing allegations she used pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted children, and locked them for days inside a closet in their home outside Phoenix, authorities said Wednesday.
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Jury awards $250,000 to woman jailed without seeing a judge

JACKSON, Miss. -- A Mississippi jury is awarding $250,000 in damages to a woman jailed 96 days without seeing a judge.
The verdict, including $200,000 in damages against Choctaw County Sheriff Cloyd Halford and $50,000 against the county, was handed down Tuesday after a two-day trial in federal court in Aberdeen.
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EPA argues for shifting focus from climate change to water

WASHINGTON -- Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world's most immediate public health issue, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday.
Environmental groups responded by saying the Trump administration was neglecting -- or worsening -- both health threats.
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Fed news sends bond yields sharply lower; US stocks mixed

Banks led U.S. stocks mostly lower Wednesday after a brief rally sparked by the Federal Reserve's latest policy update faded. The real action centred in the bond market, where prices rose sharply, pulling Treasury yields down to the lowest levels they've seen in more than a year.
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Mormon missionaries detained weeks in Russia arrive in US

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Wednesday that two of its missionaries have returned to the U.S. after they were detained in Russia for more than two weeks in an alleged visa violation case.
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Officer responds after boy calls 911 over missing teddy bear

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. -- A New Jersey police officer came to the rescue after a 12-year-old boy with autism who lost his teddy bear called 911 for help.
Woodbridge Police Officer Khari Manzini arrived at Ryan Paul's home Saturday after the boy called and hung up the phone.
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Spain: Far-right party enlists former generals as candidates

MADRID -- A far-right party is making political waves in Spain by advocating looser gun control laws and recruiting retired military officers as candidates in a parliamentary election next month.
Vox party leader Santiago Abascal said Spaniards should be allowed to keep firearms at home and to use them in "real life-threatening situations" without fear of legal consequences.
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Pittsburgh official, husband charged in Detroit hotel case

DETROIT -- An elected official from Pittsburgh and her husband have been charged following an altercation with police in a Detroit hotel.
The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 41-year-old Chelsa Wagner faces felony resisting police and misdemeanour disorderly conduct charges.
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Italian bus hijacked, set on fire, but 51 children and their chaperones escape

A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their chaperones Wednesday, ordering the children's hands to be bound and threatening them with death during the drive, before setting the vehicle on fire when he was stopped by a Carabinieri blockade.
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