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In this Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, photo, Um Mahmoud recalls her experience returning to Raqqa, Syria, during an interview in the courtyard of her home. After two years on the run with the Islamic State group, Um Mahmoud was ready to return home. In June, she finally made it back to Raqqa with her three daughters and three grandchildren -- finding an empty, partially burned house and a hostile city. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
September 22, 2019 - 5:59 am
RAQQA, Syria (AP) — After two years on the run with the Islamic State group, Um Mahmoud just wanted to return home. When she finally made it to Raqqa with her daughters and grandchildren, she found her home partially burned but livable. She also found a hostile city reluctant to take her back. The...
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Climate change activists participate in an environmental demonstration as part of a global youth-led day of action, Friday Sept. 20, 2019, in New York. A wave of climate change protests swept across the globe Friday, with hundreds of thousands of young people sending a message to leaders headed for a U.N. summit: The warming world can't wait for action. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
September 20, 2019 - 4:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hundreds of mainly young demonstrators are marching through downtown Mexico City, chanting "political change, not climate change!" That was an apparent reference to President...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, signs on a bank of computers tell visitors that the machines are not working at the public library in Wilmer, Texas. Some cybersecurity professionals are concerned that insurance policies designed to limit the damage of ransomware attacks might actually be encouraging hackers. Twenty-two local governments in Texas were hit in August. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
September 20, 2019 - 11:36 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000. No way, thought County Commission President Vidya Kora. But less than a...
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Democratic presidential candidate New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Manchester, NH. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
September 20, 2019 - 7:47 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says he's ending his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. De Blasio struggled to gain traction in a sprawling field of Democrats seeking the presidency. He announced his decision in an MSNBC interview on...
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People walk near the Little A'Le'Inn during an event inspired by the "Storm Area 51" internet hoax, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Rachel, Nev. Hundreds have arrived in the desert after a Facebook post inviting people to "see them aliens" got widespread attention and gave rise to festivals this week. (AP Photo/John Locher)
September 20, 2019 - 3:47 am
HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Sound checks echoed from a distant main stage while Daniel Martinez whirled and danced at dusty makeshift festival grounds just after sunset in Rachel, the Nevada town closest to the once-secret Area 51 military base. Martinez's muse was the thumping beat from a satellite set-up...
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Splendora Police Lt. Troy Teller, left, Cpl. Jacob Rutherford and Mike Jones pull a boat carrying Anita McFadden and Fred Stewart from their flooded neighborhood inundated by rain from Tropical Depression Imelda on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Spendora, Texas. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 11:43 pm
CHINA, Texas (AP) — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda flooded parts of Texas on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to...
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A flooded out car is stranded in high water off U.S. 59 as rain from Tropical Depression Imelda inundated the area on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, near Spendora, Texas. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 10:53 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Houston officials say floodwaters are receding across most of the city and efforts will continue through the night to clear the city's freeways of hundreds of vehicles stalled by the flooding. The...
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In this Oct. 15, 2012 file photo, former Davenport City Administrator Craig Malin speaks during a meeting with the Quad-City Times Editorial Board. A trial begins Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 in an unusual lawsuit in which Malin alleges the Quad-City Times newspaper improperly interfered with his employment contract by publishing false and misleading stories and editorials about his official actions. Press freedom advocates say the case is troubling and could undermine First Amendment protections for the news media(Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad-City Times via AP, File)
September 19, 2019 - 2:43 pm
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The former administrator for Iowa's third-largest city is suing the area's biggest newspaper, claiming that its coverage was unfair and cost him his job, in a case that has alarmed advocates for press freedom. Former Davenport city administrator Craig Malin's lawsuit against...
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A newly displaced homeless camp is seen while Los Angeles Police officers guard a Harbor Freeway ramp during the visit of President Donald Trump in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Trump began a California visit on Tuesday, saying he will do "something" about homelessness but offering no specifics beyond the mention of creating a task force. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
September 18, 2019 - 8:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Trump administration continued to show an interest in California's homeless crisis Wednesday but offered little in the way of help or specific solutions as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development toured a Skid Row shelter in Los Angeles and called for cooperation among...
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Fritz Creek area resident Barrett Fletcher gives the invocation before a Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting as a representative of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2019. A pastor wearing a spaghetti strainer on his head delivered the opening invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday. The invocation by the pastor of the Homer congregation of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the second non-traditional invocation before the assembly since a court ruling. (Megan Pacer/Homer News via AP)
September 18, 2019 - 6:36 pm
SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) — A pastor wearing a colander on his head offered the opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to open a local government meeting in Alaska, the latest blessing from a nontraditional church since a court ruling. Barrett Fletcher, the Pastafarian...
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