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Up in the sky, a mystery space plane — but why?

What looks like a mini space shuttle, can fly itself for millions of miles and goes by the name X-37B? Must be a secret space weapon.

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Thinner iPads, sharper iMacs in Apple’s lineup

Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand.

Syrian Kurdish official calls for arms for Kobani

In its battle for the Syrian town of Kobani, the Islamic State group enjoys a key advantage: a supply of weapons, ammunition and fighters shuttling between Syria and Iraq.

Deputies shot, suspect on the loose near Chicago

Authorities searching for a man suspected of shooting two sheriff’s deputies in suburban Chicago early Thursday say he is likely carrying a rifle and should be considered “armed and extremely dangerous.”

2 US journalists detained over Russia workshop

Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said.

Bermuda braces for Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo

People on the tiny British territory of Bermuda rushed Thursday to batten down for Hurricane Gonzalo, which was roaring toward them as a powerful Category 4 storm just days after a tropical storm damaged homes and knocked down trees and power lines.

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Nepal blizzard, avalanche death toll rises to 27

Search teams rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered 10 more bodies Thursday in the wake of a series of blizzards and avalanches that battered the Himalayas in central Nepal, leaving at least 27 people dead.

Fresh Ebola fears hit airline stocks

News that a health worker diagnosed with Ebola flew on a commercial flight raised fear among airline investors that the scare over the virus could cause travelers to avoid flying.

Mom charged after teenage son brings gun to school

The mother of a 17-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with allowing him to take a loaded handgun to school.

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Syria-Iraq fight gets a name: ‘Inherent Resolve’

It’s less punchy than previous nicknames for U.S. conflicts in the Middle East — remember Operation Desert Storm and its thunderous attacks against Saddam Hussein? — but the Pentagon has finally named its fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria: Operation Inherent Resolve.

Supreme Court weighs generic drug dispute

The Supreme Court seems divided as it considers a high-stakes patent dispute between rival pharmaceutical companies over the world’s best-selling multiple sclerosis treatment.

Vatican mystery: Where did gay welcome originate?

It’s one of the great mysteries of the meeting on family life taking place behind closed doors at the Vatican this week: Just where did the authors of a draft report come up with such ground-breaking language that gays had gifts to offer the church and that even homosexual partnerships had merit?

Police: Teens in lawmaker shootout robbed before

Police say four youths whose attempted robbery of two Pennsylvania state legislators led to a shootout also robbed three other people near the state Capitol a day earlier.

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2nd Texas health worker tests positive for Ebola

The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill.

Obama cancels campaign trip to focus on Ebola

President Barack Obama abruptly canceled a planned campaign trip Wednesday and planned to convene his Cabinet at the White House instead, as U.S. officials grappled with the widening Ebola crisis.

US man killed by camel at Mexican wildlife park

The American owner of a wildlife park in the Mexican resort of Tulum died after being kicked, bitten and sat on by a camel, and authorities seized the private facility’s animals pending an investigation.

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Man stabbing people on bus fatally shot

A man who slashed two passengers in a box-cutter rampage aboard a casino-bound tour bus was shot to death on Interstate 95 by a Connecticut state trooper, who also accidentally shot one of the injured passengers, authorities said Wednesday.

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Feminist speaker questions Utah's campus gun laws

Utah's campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat to kill her and others in a mass shooting.

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Wal-Mart cuts sales outlook amid tough economy

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its revenue outlook for its current fiscal year as it announced it is scaling back its expansion plans for its supercenters next year and stepping up investments in its online operations.

Stock swoon brings S&P 500 closer to ‘correction’

The downturn in the U.S. stock market has brought it closer to what professional investors refer to as a “correction.”