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Stores Usher in Holiday Shopping Season

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Shoppers - shrugging off a spate of lead-tainted toy recalls and higher prices for food and gas - jammed stores before dawn Friday to grab discounted TVs, toys and clothing for the official start of the holiday season, expected to be the...(more) 



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'Clever' Japan firm donates high-tech masks for Ebola fight

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A little-known Japanese company has donated 10,000 high-tech face masks to several Ebola-hit African nations and says it is now getting calls from New York City, which confirmed its first case of the virus Thursday. Clever, a maker of air filters, said it is sending thousands...(more) 



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Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master. 



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Former Hong Kong leader calls for end of democracy protests

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Hong Kong's former leader Friday urged democracy demonstrators to leave the streets calling their protest a "gross violation" as he warned the consequences of continuing the rallies beyond a month were "very serious". Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong's first chief executive after the 1997 handover who was...(more) 



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Botswana votes as ruling party faces invigorated opposition

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Polls opened Friday in Botswana's general elections where the ruling party faces a stern test against an invigorated opposition in a country known as one of Africa's most stable democracies. Queues formed early at polling stations, with some 800,000 registered voters eligible to choose a new...(more) 



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Insurgents kill 5 in attack in Afghanistan: police

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Police in Afghanistan said that five people were killed and two injured when gunmen opened fire on a car in the eastern province of Nangahar on Friday. 



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Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman's ties

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By Randall Palmer, David Ljunggren and Leah Schnurr OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in...(more) 



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Police: Hatchet-wielding suspect shot by officers

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man on Thursday after he suddenly attacked a group of patrol officers without warning in broad daylight on a busy commercial district in Queens. 



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Science chief warns on acid oceans

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The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions. 




Sam Farmer's NFL Week 8 picks

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The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 11-4 (.733); season 70-35-1 (.667). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 8-7 (.533);... 



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