Jul. 13, 2017

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Turkey has agreed to pay $2.5 billion to acquire Russia's most advanced missile defense system, a senior Turkish official said, in a deal that signals a turn away from the NATO military alliance that has anchored Turkey to the West for more than six decades.

Saudi Arabia's religious police are hiring people to study unveiled women and people who don't pray.

China is buying less from North Korea as it implements United Nations sanctions aimed at reining in the nuclear ambitions of Kim Jong Un, according to a customs official. Imports fell 13.2 percent to $880 million in the six months to June 30 from the same period a year earlier.

It typically takes years for presidents to kill federal regulations they dislike, but Donald Trump has found a shortcut: He's just putting them on long-term hold. The Trump administration has stalled more than two dozen Obama-era rules, a legally questionable tactic that sidesteps the cumbersome rulemaking process.

The gain in U.S. wholesale prices reflected higher food and services costs, signaling modest inflation, a Labor Department report showed Thursday in Washington. Almost 80 percent of the increase in wholesale prices was due to a 0.2 percent gain in services as goods costs edged up 0.1 percent.

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The US Marine Corps transport plane that crashed, killing all 16 troops aboard, plummeted to the ground after "something went wrong" while at cruising altitude, a general said Wednesday.

Investigators are still trying to determine why the KC-130 air tanker plummeted to the ground in rural Mississippi on Monday afternoon. The servicemen on board the plane, all of whom were killed, were mostly members of an elite Marine special operations unit on their way to training in Arizona.

A Department of Education official apologized after saying that "90%" of sexual assault accusations on college campuses "fall into the category of 'we were both drunk,'" during an interview as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos prepares to meet Thursday with a range of advocacy groups to discuss the issue.

A cyber security firm says information for at least 14 million Verizon Wireless customers was found on an unsecured web server, allowing anyone on the Internet to access it. Verizon says that figure was closer to six million customer records.

Oklahoma Democrats, who have taken routine beatings from the GOP over the last decade, unexpectedly snatched two state legislative seats from Republicans in special elections this week and are now hoping to carry momentum into grabbing bigger prizes in 2018, including congressional seats and the governor's mansion.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month and producer prices unexpectedly rose in June, likely keeping the Federal Reserve on track for a third interest rate increase this year. Persistently low layoffs point to a buoyant labor market that is sustaining economic growth, while the uptick in producer prices suggests a recent moderation in inflation was likely temporary. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 247,000 for the week ended July 8.

Poland's prime minister has met with Chinese parliamentary leader Zhang Dejiang to discuss developing ties, including business and trade. Poland, a central European nation, wants to play a key role in China's drive to increase business with Europe. The Polish government is seeking new partners and investments for the economy as it develops quickly.

The head of the European Commission is calling on Ukraine to step up its efforts against endemic corruption.

The Iraqi government has said it is investigating video seemingly showing troops killing suspected Islamic State militants detained in the Mosul area. In the footage, men wearing uniform throw an unarmed man over a cliff. They then shoot his motionless body.

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When Becky Turney's fiancé, Kelly, halted their wedding for a very special gift, she was left speechless. Her late son, Triston, was not physically present at the Alaska ceremony on Friday, but his heart was. Her groom had organized the surprise, giving Becky the chance to meet Jacob Kilby, the young man carrying her son's heart, for the very first time.

An Australian cattle worker whose thumb was severed by a bull has had his toe surgically transplanted in its position.

The staunchly Catholic island of Malta has voted to legalise same-sex marriage.

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A jealous Muslim husband is facing life in prison after chopping off his wife's fingers because she began studying for a degree without his permission. One of his relatives then threw Ms. Akhter's fingers in the dustbin to ensure doctors could not reattach them.

MI - Jeff Sieting, the Kalkaska village president who's been sharply criticized for what some are calling racist and hateful social media posts, said this week he does not owe anyone an apology for what he's putting online, according to The Associated Press. Some of Sieting's Facebook posts have denounced Islam and called for the killing of "every last Muslim."

One Fort Lauderdale police officer is facing disciplinary action after he "mis-gendered" a transgender person on a reckless driving ticket issued in late January.

Christians who lay down their life to save others, "following in the footsteps and teaching of Jesus", will now be eligible for beatification, Pope Francis has said. Beatification is the first step on the path toward sainthood and has in the past been reserved for three categories of people: martyrs, those who have lived a life of heroic values and others with a clear saintly reputation. Candidates for beatification under the new pathway could include Christians who tended to sick people with the plague who later died because of the disease.

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