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McDonald's offers Halloween choco-pumpkin fries in Japan

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TOKYO (Reuters) - For those who can't get enough of pumpkin-flavored treats during Halloween, McDonald's Japan is offering french fries covered in pumpkin and chocolate sauce.  



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With Colombians set to vote on peace deal, a former president campaigns to kill it

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When they go to the polls Sunday, Colombian voters are expected to endorse the landmark peace agreement signed this week by the government and the country’s most important rebel group. If that happens, it will be despite the formidable efforts of former President Alvaro Uribe. He...(more) 



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Spanish police seize record 100 tonnes of contraband tobacco

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Spanish police have seized a record 100 tonnes of contraband tobacco worth 16 million euros ($18 million) and arrested 13 people suspected of selling it over the internet, they said Thursday. The tobacco was found in warehouses in the eastern region of Valencia and in Badajoz...(more) 



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How the positive train control system works

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The Positive Train Control system (PTC) uses GPS, wireless radio and computers to monitor trains, and automatically enforce speed limits, and emergency stops. By Frank Pompa and Ramon Padilla, USA TODAY          



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A day after veto override, Congress has second thoughts and may fix Sept. 11 bill

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Less than a day after Congress overrode President Obama’s veto of a bill that would let 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia, top GOP leaders said they might need to fix the new law to protect U.S. national security interests. Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and...(more) 



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'It sounded like a bomb': New Jersey train crash kills 1, injures more than 100

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Investigators are probing why a packed commuter train barreled into a train station at such a high speed that it flew onto the platform, knocking down a ceiling, leaving one person dead and more than 100 injured. The unexplained crash took place at the Hoboken Terminal,...(more) 



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Police in military gear arrest 21 people gathered near the Dakota Access site.

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About 150 people gathered for a prayer ceremony near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota on Wednesday. As they started to leave, Morton Country Sheriff’s deputies in armored vehicles blocked their way as police helicopters hovered overhead. Valley News Live, a local television...(more) 




New Hampshire hotel is home to supersized cat

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WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (AP) -- Guests at a hotel in New Hampshire can be forgiven for thinking a raccoon is lounging out front.... 



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At United Nations, Pakistan flags rising tension with India

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By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Pakistan's U.N. envoy asked the president of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday to informally brief the body on the country's escalating tension with neighboring India and said she will discuss it with U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on...(more) 



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Sectarian fighters mass for battle to capture east Aleppo

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Hundreds of Syrian troops and an estimated 5,000 foreign Shia fighters plan imminent advance into besieged area of cityAs the most intensive air bombardment of the war has rained down on opposition-held east Aleppo this week, an army of some 6,000 pro-government fighters has gathered on...(more) 



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Don't say cheese: French court upholds ban on passport photo smiling

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Court rules that even enigmatic Mona Lisa smile, with lips together and corners of mouth turned up, is not permittedIf you are having your passport photo taken in France, do not – under any circumstances – crack a smile. In a ruling that threatens to cement...(more) 



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'Syria is bleeding': Aleppo facing war's worst humanitarian crisis, UN says

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East Aleppo is ‘well into terrible descent into pitiless and merciless abyss’, United Nations official said, as Russia refused to stop bombing but considered ‘pause’The UN’s chief humanitarian official said the people of Aleppo are facing a humanitarian catastrophe worse than anything witnessed so far in...(more) 



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