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AP NewsBreak: California prisons end race policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way of preventing further violence.

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Senator criticizes CIA for censoring 'torture' report

Senator criticizes CIA for censoring 'torture' report

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Wyden says the CIA is trying to blunt the impact of an upcoming Senate report examining the harsh treatment of al-Qaida detainees by insisting on censoring the pseudonyms used for agency officers mentioned in the document.

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New Afghan government investigates newspaper staffers for blasphemy

KABUL — Top staffers at an Afghan newspaper are being investigated for blasphemy after the publication of an article that questioned whether Muslims should embrace the possibility that more than one God exists.

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Analysis: Fowle was North Korea's easiest US case

Analysis: Fowle was North Korea's easiest US case

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, detained American Jeffrey Fowle is interviewed by journalists at the Koryo National Club in Pyongyang, North Korea. Fowle was detained for six months for leaving a Bible in a nightclub in the city of Chongjin, where he was visiting with a forei…

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Analysis: Fowle was North Korea's easiest US case

Analysis: Fowle was North Korea's easiest US case

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, Kenneth Bae, an American tour guide and missionary detained in North Korea, serving a 15-year sentence, speaks to The Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea. Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans, Bae and M…

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Analysis: Fowle was North Korea's easiest US case

Analysis: Fowle was North Korea's easiest US case

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, Matthew Miller, an American detained in North Korea, serving a six-year sentence, speaks to The Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea. Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans, Miller and Kenneth Bae, remain …

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Analysis: How US got Fowle out of North Korea

Analysis: How US got Fowle out of North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of the three offenders, and may believe that releasing him could improve abysmal U.S. relations and even te…

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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

FILE - In this June 21, 1971 file photo, Washington Post Executive Director Ben Bradlee and Post Publisher Katharine Graham leave U.S. District Court in Washington. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, according to the Washington Post. (AP Photo, File)

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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama awards former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, according to the Washing…

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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

FILE - In this June 1, 2005 file photo, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee leaves the Washington Post building in Washngton. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, according to the Washington Post. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

FILE - In this June 11, 2012 file photo, Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, listens during an event sponsored by The Washington Post to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate, at the Watergate office building in Washington. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014…

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Congo doctor Mukwege wins EU human rights prize

Congo doctor Mukwege wins EU human rights prize

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege who campaigns against sexual violence targeting women in war.

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Congo doctor Mukwege wins EU human rights prize

Congo doctor Mukwege wins EU human rights prize

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, actor and Eastern Congo Initiative Founder Ben Affleck, right, applauds Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republican of the Congo, on Capitol Hill in Washington. European lawmakers have awarded their top human r…

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Ukraine denies report it uses cluster bombs

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian armed forces have never used prohibited weapons such as cluster bombs in their fight against pro-Russia separatists, a military spokesman insisted Tuesday after a rights group reported it had documented a dozen instances when the indiscriminate weapons were used in …

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UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

DETROIT (AP) — United Nations human rights experts described Detroit's mass water shut-offs as "a man-made perfect storm" Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

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UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

Human rights experts and United Nations representatives Catarina de Albuquerque, right, and Leilani Farha speak during a news conference in Detroit Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. United Nations human rights experts have called on Detroit officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including t…

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UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

United Nations human rights experts Leilani Farha and Catarina de Albuquerque listen to questions during a news conference in Detroit, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. United Nations human rights experts have called on Detroit officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with dis…

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UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

Valerie Jean of Detroit addresses a panel during a United Nations Fact-Finding Detroit Town Hall Meeting, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Wayne County Community College in Detroit. Jean, who says she lives on the north end of the city, talks about her recent experience with the city's attempts to …

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UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

Detroit residents address a panel, which includes members from the United Nations, during a UN Fact-Finding Detroit Town Hall Meeting, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Wayne County Community College in Detroit. The residents are explaining how the recent water shutoffs to their homes affect their l…

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U.S. Dept. of Justice reveals plans to investigate Baltimore Police Dept.

BALTIMORE — After years of alleged police brutality, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed plans Monday to investigate the Baltimore Police Department.

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