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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said Thursday.
President Barack Obama presses ahead with his campaign to diminish and eventually defeat Islamic State group extremists in Iraq and Syria, but the list of radical Islamic elements the United States and many of its coalition allies are fighting does not stop there. Violent radicals inspired by al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden pepper the map from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic.
TOKYO (AP) - The first Kuro, or black, burger had a black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black.
BALI, Indonesia (AP) - An American man has confessed that he killed his girlfriend's mother in a luxury hotel on Indonesia's Bali island, and the girlfriend has acknowledged helping him stuff the body into a suitcase, police said Friday.
ARCELIA, Mexico - A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others also were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered and were disarmed, the mother told the Associated Press.
WASHINGTON - Moving quickly on the heels of the House, the Senate grudgingly approved a measure Thursday that gives President Obama the authority to train and arm Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State and provides funding to keep the federal government open through mid-December.
CAMP ZIOUANI, Golan Heights (AP) - For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights - providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria.
LONDON (AP) - British Muslim leaders made a plea Thursday for the safety of a British hostage threatened with beheading by Islamic State extremists in Syria.
BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's military ruler apologized for suggesting that attractive foreign tourists might be unsafe on the country's world-famous beaches if they wear bikinis.
THE AGENCY that operates the Walt Whitman Bridge has approved $2.7 million in work to repair holes found on the bridge's steelwork.
NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie is playing defense for embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Christie said yesterday he strongly believes Goodell should stay in his job despite mounting criticism over his handling of a domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - David Odhiambo was one of the blue-uniformed security guards tasked with protecting Nairobi's Westgate Mall one year ago when four heavily armed terrorists attacked. The work David was paid to do - search purses and bags, mostly - earned him two bullets in the head, injuries that cost him his job.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The International Criminal Court again delayed the trial of Kenya's president on Friday, after prosecutors said they did not have a strong enough case to convict him because Kenya was not cooperating in turning over potential evidence.
PARIS (AP) - Nicolas Sarkozy may want his old job back.
LONDON (AP) - The saga of Scottish independence is over, but a new journey of political upheaval is only beginning for the United Kingdom.
LONDON (AP) - Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond announces his resignation as first minister.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A Nigerian watchdog group Friday demanded an international investigation into the Nigerian government for flying $9.3 million in cash to South Africa to buy weapons.
BERLIN (AP) - Thousands of Muslims in Germany have taken part in a "Day of Peace" to protest against the Islamic State extremist group.
MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian billionaire's company has claimed he has been freed from house arrest, but its statement was immediately rejected by the nation's top criminal investigation agency.
PARIS (AP) - Authorities say a French volunteer nurse infected with the Ebola virus is receiving experimental drugs.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South African police say there were about 17,000 murders in the country in the year ending in March, reflecting a 5 percent increase over the previous year.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - Cambodian police on Friday arrested three Thai men whom they accused of carrying counterfeit U.S. $100 bills with a face value of $7.16 million.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Syrian authorities have declared that they once had a program to produce the deadly toxin ricin, according to an official document of the global chemical weapons watchdog.
PARIS (AP) - The original scroll upon which the Marquis de Sade penned his famed, often-banned tale of sexual extremism is going on public display.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A Turkish official says the country has opened its border with Syria to allow up to 4,000 people, mostly Kurds, to cross to safety as they flee militants from the Islamic State group.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon.
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