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Afghanistan examining claim Taliban leader Mullah Omar died

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Kabul, July 29 (AP) - An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached on the government's comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before.
Omar, the one-eyed, secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally, led a bloody insurgency against U.S.-led forces after they toppled him from his rule in Afghanistan in 2001.
Zafar Hashemi, a deputy spokesman for...
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Mexico sentences 5 men to 697 years for killings of 11 women

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Mexico City, July 29 (AP) - Mexican prosecutors announced Tuesday that they had won "historic" convictions and sentences of 697 years in prison against five men for killing 11 women near the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
The state prosecutor's office in Chihuahua state said the men lured women...
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Prison employee accused of helping 2 killers escape in court

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Plattsburgh, July 28 (AP) - A New York prison worker accused of smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen ham-burger meat to two killers who later broke out and spent more than two weeks on the run will face charges in court.
Joyce Mitchell, a tailor shop instructor at Clinton Correctional Facility, was...
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US officials examine probable cause of spaceship crash

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Washington, July 28 (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot.
The agency scheduled a meeting Tuesday to...
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Appeals court upholds California’s shark fin ban

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San Francisco, July 28 (AP) - A federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distri-bution and possession of shark fins.
The legislation does not conflict with a 19th-century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast or...
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