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This photo provided by Bill Suthard shows an orange traffic cone with a weed growing out of it, decorated with tinsel and ornaments in Huntersville, N.C. The roadside attraction dubbed "Cone Weed" is something of a Christmas miracle to locals. The weed has been growing unencumbered across from the Huntersville Fire Station for a year and has amassed a cult following. The fire station tweeted pictures of Cone Weed decked in tinsel and ornaments last week. (Bill Suthard via AP)
November 17, 2017 - 12:18 pm
'OBSCENI MANKINIS:' CZECH TOURISTS SPORTING LIME GREEN BORAT 'MANKINIS' FINED PRAGUE (AP) — Six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana. Sporting lime green "mankinis"...
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Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, left, shakes hands with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, after their joint news conference following their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
November 17, 2017 - 12:16 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish minister says the "American system" has been infiltrated by a Muslim cleric blamed for last summer's failed coup. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told journalists Friday that cleric Fethullah Gulen "has entered American missions here through the local staff," referring...
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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
November 17, 2017 - 12:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics. VA...
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A sculpture with polar bear on a spear by Danish artist Jens Galschiot is pictured outside the 23rd UN Conference of the Parties (COP) climate talks in Bonn, Germany, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
November 17, 2017 - 12:08 pm
BONN, Germany (AP) — Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. The two-week negotiations focused on a range of issues including transparency, financial assistance for poor nations and how...
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Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore waits to speak at a newss conference, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
November 17, 2017 - 12:07 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Ever defiant, Republican Roy Moore's chief backers invoked the Bible in lashing out at the women accusing him of sexual misconduct. Women's advocates decried the talk as worn intimidation tactics in a desperate attempt to keep his imperiled Senate bid alive. Moore ignored...
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A replica of the Statue of Liberty by Danish artist Jens Galschiot emits smoke in a park outside the 23rd UN Conference of the Parties (COP) climate talks in Bonn, Germany, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
November 17, 2017 - 12:00 pm
BONN, Germany (AP) — As negotiations at the global climate conference in Bonn, Germany, draw to a close Friday, here's a look at which steps will be taken in the coming years to further international efforts to curb global warming: — Dec. 12, 2017: French President Emmanuel Macron has invited more...
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November 17, 2017 - 11:54 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain's government says it can't comment on news reports that the imam police say was the key figure behind the cell that killed 16 people in extremist attacks in Barcelona and a nearby town in August had once been an intelligence agency informer. Leading newspaper El Pais said...
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November 17, 2017 - 11:45 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island politician says Providence schools need security cameras in every classroom, cafeteria and auditorium to ensure student safety. Democratic city Councilman John Igliozzi introduced a proposal Thursday to expand the use of cameras, which are already in place...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017, file photo, East Arkansas farmer Reed Storey shows the damage to one of his soybean plants in Marvell, Ark. Storey said half of his soybean crop has shown damage from dicamba, an herbicide that has drifted onto unprotected fields and spawned hundreds of complaints from farmers. Monsanto, a major agribusiness company asked a Pulaski County judge Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 to strike down the rule approved by the state Plant Board earlier this month that would prohibit the use of dicamba from April 16 through Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo File)
November 17, 2017 - 11:43 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A major agribusiness company asked an Arkansas judge Friday to halt the state's plan to ban an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their fields and caused widespread damage. Monsanto asked a Pulaski...
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Storm approaches Lycabettus hill in central Athens, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Greece's fire department says two more people have been reported missing from deadly flash flooding west of Athens that has killed at least 16 people. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
November 17, 2017 - 11:35 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hopes were diminishing as darkness fell Friday for six people reported missing in deadly flash floods that struck near Athens, killing 16. The fire department said search and rescue efforts continued to locate the six, all reported missing in the Mandra district on the western...
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