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Indonesian cleric who inspired Bali bombings freed from jail

Indonesian cleric who inspired Bali bombings freed from jail

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A firebrand cleric who inspired bombings in Bali and other attacks walked free from an Indonesian prison Friday after completing his sentence for funding the training of Islamic militants.

Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship to be awarded for 2nd time

JACKSON, Miss. — A private university in Mississippi is preparing to award a second scholarship to an incoming freshman who will major in creative writing.

Officials: Benjamin Kickz charged with stealing phone

MIAMI — A social media personality known for selling high-end sneakers to celebrities and other wealthy clients stole a man's phone at a South Florida hotel before his entourage beat the man up, prosecutors said.

Japan starts 1st day under emergency steps to curb virus

TOKYO — Japan began its first day under a coronavirus state of emergency Friday with much of life going on as usual, including morning commuter trains shuttling crowds of mask-wearing people at bustling stations.
Seoul court orders Japan to compensate 12 Korean sex slaves

Seoul court orders Japan to compensate 12 Korean sex slaves

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — A South Korean court on Friday ordered Japan to financially compensate 12 South Korean women forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II, a landmark ruling that’s set to rekindle animosities betwee
Kim vows to improve ties with outside world at party meeting

Kim vows to improve ties with outside world at party meeting

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed the need to drastically improve his nation’s ties with the outside world as he addressed a major political conference for the third day.
Neil Sheehan, Pentagon Papers reporter, Vietnam author, dies

Neil Sheehan, Pentagon Papers reporter, Vietnam author, dies

WASHINGTON — Neil Sheehan, a reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who broke the story of the Pentagon Papers for The New York Times and who chronicled the deception at the heart of the Vietnam War in his epic book about the conflict, died Thurs
Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob

Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob

WASHINGTON — Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower.
Hurt feelings, anger linger after Pence, Trump clash

Hurt feelings, anger linger after Pence, Trump clash

WASHINGTON — They were never a natural fit, the straight-laced evangelical and the brash reality TV star. But for more than four years, President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence made their marriage of political convenience work.
Biden blames Trump for violence at Capitol that's shaken US

Biden blames Trump for violence at Capitol that's shaken US

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has denounced the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorists” and he blamed President Donald Trump for the violence that has shaken the nation's capital and beyond.