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Militants leave key rebel town as Syrian troops push in

Militants leave key rebel town as Syrian troops push in

BEIRUT — The main insurgent group in the Syrian province of Idlib pulled out of a key rebel town as government forces advanced in the area on Tuesday amid intense bombardment and airstrikes, a militant group and opposition activists said.

Armed man holds 37 people on bus hostage in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO — An armed man was holding dozens of people hostage on a public bus Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro and threatening to set the vehicle on fire, Brazilian police said.

Bond revoked for Alabama man charged in son's hot car death

DOTHAN, Ala. — An Alabama man charged with manslaughter in the death of his 2-year-old son has had his bond revoked following a different arrest.

13 Chinese killed as tour bus crashes in Laos

BANGKOK — A tour bus carrying dozens of Chinese passengers crashed in Laos, killing at least 13, officials said Tuesday.
Pell's appeal pitted word of former choirboy against priest

Pell's appeal pitted word of former choirboy against priest

CANBERRA, Australia — Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his convictions for child molestation was largely a question of who the jury should have believed, his accuser or a senior priest whose church role was likened to Pell's bodyguard.
NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

NEW YORK — After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the black man whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" gave voice to a natio

Florida battery charge dropped against singer Chris Brown

TAMPA, Fla. — A felony battery charge has been dropped against singer Chris Brown, who had been accused of attacking a nightclub photographer in Florida two years ago. Hillsborough County prosecutors filed a notice Friday to drop the charge.

TV writers union says agents are violating antitrust law

LOS ANGELES — The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry's biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between thos
It's official: Publisher announces Mark Halperin book

It's official: Publisher announces Mark Halperin book

NEW YORK — Mark Halperin's planned book about the 2020 election has been officially announced amid protests that the "Game Change" co-author hasn't earned a second chance since facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
US prisons chief removed from position after Epstein's death

US prisons chief removed from position after Epstein's death

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position Monday, more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody.