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UN: Afghan civilian death toll up 17 percent

Afghan security forces stand guard near the dead bodies of Taliban fighters at the site of a suicide attack in the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. In an attack early Wednesday against the governor’s compound in the southern city of Kandahar, several...

Newspaper says sorry after Clooney slams story

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper apologized to George Clooney on Wednesday for alleging his fiancee’s mother opposed the marriage on religious grounds — a story Clooney called both wrong and irresponsible. Clooney is engaged to Beirut-born...
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Israel hits key Hamas targets in Gaza offensive

Smoke and debris rise after an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip seen from the Israeli side of the Israel Gaza Border, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Since the Gaza offensive began Tuesday, Israel has attacked more than 400 sites in Gaza, killing at least 32 people in a military...
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Colorado’s gay marriage fight echoes drama in 1975

Clela Rorex, who was elected and served as Boulder County clerk and recorder in the 1970s, stands outside the offices of current County Clerk Hillary Hall, in Boulder, Colo., Wednesday, July 2, 2014. In 1975, Rorex, elected on a campaign to help register more University of...
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4 dead, 70K without power after upstate NY storms

A fireman walks through a debris field off Goff Road in Smithfield follow a storm on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Officials in central New York say four people are dead and four homes have been destroyed in building collapses amid severe thunderstorms. (AP Photo/Oneida Daily Dispatch,...

Lawyer: Snowden asks to extend stay in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to extend his stay in Russia, his lawyer said Wednesday. Anatoly Kucherena told The Associated Press that Snowden applied to Russia’s migration authorities “a long time...

Germans probe 2nd spy case reportedly involving US

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the U.S., a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over relations between the two countries. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that police raided...
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Both rivals claim victory in Indonesian election

Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo, popularly known as “Jokowi”, left, and his wife Iriana, show their inked fingers after casting their ballots during the presidential election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. As the world’s...
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Froome falls again at rainy Tour de France

Estonia’s Rein Taaramae, France’s Tony Gallopin, Germany’s Tony Martin, Netherlands’ Lieuwe Westra, France’s Samuel Dumoulin, Australia’s Mathew Hayman, Australia’s Simon Clarke, Colombia’s Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle, and...
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“THE” Wedding!

Milepost 850 Ok, while these aren’t the “official pictures,” I did want to share a couple from our daughter, Jayne’s recent wedding. Jayne married Ryan Keck on June 28th and the event was near perfect! The weather held, the service was special, the...