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In this Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, photo, a family scavenges for salvageable items from the ruins of their house at Petobo neighborhood which was wiped out by liquefaction caused by a massive earthquake in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Many in the decimated village had no idea they were in an area already identified as a high-risk zone for this apocalyptic phenomenon that causes soft ground to liquefy during temblors. The area around Sulawesi island's Palu Bay had been slammed before and was due for another potential perfect storm, capable of unleashing earthquakes, landslides, tsunami waves, and soil liquefaction. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
October 09, 2018 - 1:00 am
PETOBO, Indonesia (AP) — When the violent shaking from a massive magnitude 7.5 earthquake finally stopped, Selvi Susanti stood up and realized something strange was happening. First, she saw the ground suddenly begin to sink. Then the pavement split beneath her feet like a broken dinner plate and...
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Supporters of presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party, gather in gather at Paulista avenue waiting for the results of the vote count, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who expresses nostalgia for Brazil's military dictatorship took a strong lead in its presidential election Sunday, rallying voters to his promises to rid Latin America's largest nation of rampant corruption, crime and moral rot. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
October 07, 2018 - 10:52 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — The Latest on Brazilian elections (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Gerald Alckmin, the former governor of the state of Sao Paulo who came in fourth on Sunday, told well-wishers that he respected the outcome of Sunday's presidential election. Alckmin who got just 4.77 percent of the...
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Israeli policemen stand at then entrance of Barkan industrial zone in the West Bank Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A Palestinian attacker opened fire at a joint Israeli-Palestinian industrial zone in the West Bank Sunday, killing two Israelis and seriously wounding a third, the military said. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
October 07, 2018 - 2:42 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem's outgoing mayor is calling on the international community to consider his proposal to end the local operations of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, saying there is "no such thing" as a refugee in the city. In an interview, Barkat, who is leaving office after...
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People react outside of City Hall after a jury convicted white Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald Friday, Oct 5, 2018, in Chicago. Van Dyke, 40, was the first Chicago officer to be charged with murder for an on-duty shooting in about 50 years. He was taken into custody moments after the verdict was read. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
October 06, 2018 - 10:47 am
A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing a black teenager. It was the second such verdict nationally in two months. Jason Van Dyke's guilty conviction for second-degree murder...
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Indonesian military and police personnel carry relief aid from a Japan Air Force cargo plane at the Mutiara Sis Al-Jufri airport in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the city on Sept. 28, triggering a tsunami and mud slides that killed a large number of people and displaced tens of thousands others. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
October 06, 2018 - 7:36 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Search teams pulled bodies from obliterated neighborhoods in the disaster-stricken Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday as more aid rolled in and the government said it was considering making devastated areas into mass graves. Indonesia's disaster agency said the death toll...
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October 05, 2018 - 6:37 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge in California struck down an immigration law Friday that the Trump administration has used to go after cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials. The ruling by Judge William Orrick also directed the U.S. Department of Justice to give...
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In this Sept. 21, 2018 photo, Pennsylvania resident Rose Mary Knick stands next to a private property sign on her farmland in Lackawanna County's Scott Township. Knick is at the center of a case the Supreme Court is hearing that stems from Knick's dispute with her town over an ordinance that says landowners who have cemeteries on their properties must make them open to the public during daylight hours. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)
October 04, 2018 - 8:26 am
SCOTT TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Rose Mary Knick makes no bones about it. She doesn't buy that there are bodies buried on her eastern Pennsylvania farmland, and she doesn't want people strolling onto her property to visit what her town says is a small cemetery. Six years ago, however, Knick's town passed...
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October 03, 2018 - 2:40 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's City Council has changed a city ordinance in a move that would essentially stop a so-called robot brothel from opening. A Canadian company had said it wants to open a "love dolls brothel" in Houston in which people would be able to use its human-like dolls on the premises...
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Pennsylvania resident Rose Mary Knick speaks outside the Supreme Court, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 in Washington, alongside her attorneys J. David Breemer, left, Brian Hodges and Christina Martin. Knick is at the center of a case the Supreme Court is hearing that stems from her dispute with her town over an ordinance that says landowners who have cemeteries on their properties must make them open to the public during daylight hours. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)
October 03, 2018 - 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of a Pennsylvania woman fighting her town over a cemetery ordinance, with the justices seeming at least sympathetic to the fact that people with claims like hers are effectively barred from federal court. The Supreme Court...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 file photo, a stone lion next to St. Mark's Basilica, its eyes stained with red paint, is seen in Venice, Italy. Venice’s mayor wants to make example of university students who were captured on camera vandalizing a landmark lion statue, by making them do community service. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said Wednesday that the city of Venice was demanding an apology for painting the lion’s eyes red, not seeking a vendetta. Brugnaro was quoted by ANSA as saying that acts of vandalism have become common in cities, and that he wanted to send the message to copycats that ‘’they will be caught, and they will be made an example of.’’ (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
October 03, 2018 - 2:22 pm
MILAN (AP) — Venice's mayor wants to make example of four university students who were captured on camera vandalizing a landmark lion statue by making them do community service. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said Wednesday that the city of Venice was demanding an apology from the four for painting the lion'...
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