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Heavy flooding in Afghanistan kills 24 people in 2 days

KABUL — Heavy flooding in Afghanistan killed at least 24 people and injured 11 others in the past 48 hours as a new wave of heavy rains swept parts of the country, Afghan officials said Saturday.

German official cautions on wearing Jewish skullcaps

BERLIN — The German government's top official against anti-Semitism says he wouldn't advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country.
US moves to strengthen forces in Middle East to counter Iran

US moves to strengthen forces in Middle East to counter Iran

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the U.S.
'Here we go again': Judge blocks Mississippi abortion ban

'Here we go again': Judge blocks Mississippi abortion ban

JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. "Here we go again," U.S.
Authorities raid 247 Colorado homes growing black market pot

Authorities raid 247 Colorado homes growing black market pot

DENVER — Authorities said Friday they raided hundreds of black market marijuana operations in Colorado that flouted the state's cannabis law by growing tens of thousands of plants in Denver-area homes and selling the drugs out of state.
Missouri governor signs bill banning abortions at 8 weeks

Missouri governor signs bill banning abortions at 8 weeks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov.

United Airlines extends cancellation of Boeing Max flights

United Airlines is cancelling another month's worth of flights with Boeing 737 Max planes that were grounded after two deadly accidents. United said Friday it has removed the Max from its schedule through Aug.
Federal lawsuit filed to block Alabama's new abortion ban

Federal lawsuit filed to block Alabama's new abortion ban

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal lawsuit filed Friday asks a judge to block an Alabama law that outlaws almost all abortions, the most far-reaching attempt by a conservative state to seek new restrictions on the procedure.
Terror probe after 'low force' blast in French city of Lyon

Terror probe after 'low force' blast in French city of Lyon

LYON, France — A "low force" blast hit a busy pedestrian street Friday in the French city of Lyon, injuring seven people as it shattered the glass from a refrigerated shop cooler in a bakery, a local official said.
Colorado rancher pleads not guilty in killing of fiancee

Colorado rancher pleads not guilty in killing of fiancee

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. — A Colorado rancher suspected of killing his fiancee and burning her body pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and solicitation to commit murder charges.