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Satanic Temple submits coloring book, fact sheets for Fla. schools

Friday, October 31, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Satanic Temple has submitted a Satanic coloring book and two fact sheets to schools in Orange County, Fla., requesting permission to give them out to students in January. The coloring book features cartoon children performing Satanic rituals and drawing pentagrams in school, along with a word search for words like “acceptance” and “friends” and a maze to reach the Necronomicon, a fabled occult spellbook. The children …

Guard to boost security around Hawaii lava flow

Friday, October 31, 2014

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber- and sugar-plantation heydey. Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said Thursday the National …

Militants hunt Iraqi ex-police

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BAGHDAD — The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule. Back when the extremists took over the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June, police Col. Mohammed Hassan was among some Sunnis in the security forces who surrendered, handed over their weapons and pledged …

Family ties can be a candidate’s blessing or curse

Monday, October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Ah, the family. They can be a candidate’s sounding board, worthy surrogates and an attractive image for a television ad. Or they can be a massive headache to rival any uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinner. In Arkansas, former …

Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque

Monday, October 27, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada’s Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he …

Officials at odds over Ebola quarantine

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NEW YORK — The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation’s top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage …

Brazilian president wins re-election narrowly

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SAO PAULO — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday won a second term as the leader of the world’s fourth-largest democracy in the nation’s closest presidential election in more than two decades. Her triumph came despite a sluggish …

Community seeks solace after school shooting

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Tribal members played drums and sang songs in a gymnasium as students and parents gathered to support each other following a deadly shooting by a popular Washington state high school student. Young people hugged each …

Polls indicate GOP continues to lead in quest for Senate control

Sunday, October 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Republicans hold a narrow but steady lead in the contest for control of the Senate, according to polls released Sunday. Enough races remain extremely close that Democrats could still keep control of the chamber, but only if all the breaks go their way. So far, that’s …

Thirteen European banks flunk stress test

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank says 13 of Europe’s 130 biggest banks have flunked an in-depth review of their finances and need an extra 10 billion euros ($12.5 billion) to cushion themselves against any future crises. …

Pro-Western parties seen leading Ukraine vote

Sunday, October 26, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet republic’s drift away from Russia. Two exit polls released as voting closed indicated that President Petro Poroshenko’s …

Syria activists say death toll in Kobani passes 800

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MURSITPINAR, Turkey — A Syrian activist group said Sunday that the death toll in 40 days of fighting in and around the northern Syrian border town of Kobani has reached 815, as Kurdish fighters battled Muslim militants for …

UK ends operations in Helmand

Sunday, October 26, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Britain has ended combat operations in the Helmand province in Afghanistan, defense officials said Sunday. They said U.K. troops have witnessed the lowering of the Union flag for the last time at the Camp Bastion …