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Syrian government documents show reach of Assad’s agencies

BEIRUT (AP) — A Washington-based Syrian watchdog says thousands of documents collected from aba

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Risks, rewards accompany speedier cleanup of closed nukes

BOB SALSBERG

FILE – This March 30, 2011, file photo shows the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass. A company that manufactures giant containers used to store spent radioactive fuel has signed a deal to purchase the plant, scheduled for shutdown May 31, 2019, for accelerated decommissioning. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Companies specializing in nuclear demolition and radioactive waste storage are buying up aging U.S. reactors and promising to decommission them in dramatically less time than their utility owners had planned — eight years instead of 60 in some cases.

Viewed by experts as an emerging trend in the nuclear power industry, the sales of these retired or soon-to-be-retired reactors present a paradox for residents, state officials and nuclear watchdogs.

Once a reactor is shut down, the radioactive mess left behind must be cleaned up, spent nuclear fuel packed for long-term storage and the plant itself dismantled. Few argue that d

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‘Instincts just took over’: Coach describes stopping gunman

GILLIAN FLACCUS

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Former University of Oregon football star Keanon Lowe said he had just entered a classroom at the Portland high school where he works as a coach and security guard when a student armed with a black shotgun appeared in the doorway.

Lowe had just seconds Friday to react. He lunged at the gunman and wrestled with him for the weapon as other students ran screaming out a back door, Lowe told repor

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Williams undecided on future with Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. — Justin Williams has not decided whether he will return to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 19th NHL season.The Hurricanes captain, who will turn 38 on Oct. 4, had 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) in 82 games this season and can become an unrestr…
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Chara practicing with Bruins could be good sign for Stanley Cup Final

BOSTON — Zdeno Chara’s return to practice for the Boston Bruins at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday was greeted with optimism ahead of the Stanley Cup Final.And while Chara would not say definitively that he would play in Game 1 of the Final, against either the S…
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Pavelski, Hertl, Karlsson could miss Game 6 for Sharks at Blues

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks could be without three regular players when they try to avoid elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at Enterprise Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CB…
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10 Things to Know for Today

The Associated Press

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. CAPITOL HILL TO HEAR DUAL HEARINGS ON IRAN POLICY

Tehran and tensions in the Persian Gulf as well as Trump’s varying comments are the subject of competing meetings in the House and Sen

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Huawei: US controls have ‘no impact,’ talking to Google

JOE McDONALD

BEIJING (AP) — The founder of Huawei expressed confidence that Washington’s curbs on sales to the Chinese tech giant will have little impact and said Tuesday it is discussing “emergency relief” with Google for possible loss of services for its smartphone business.

Huawei Technologies Ltd., the biggest maker of network gear for phone carriers, has “supply backups” if it loses access to American components, Ren Zhengfei told Chinese reporters. His

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McGahn to skip hearing as Democrats debate next steps

MARY CLARE JALONICK and LISA MASCARO

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are facing yet another brazen attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations, this time with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a subpoena for his testimony on orders from the White House.

A lawyer for McGahn said he would follow the president’s directive and skip Tuesday’s House Judiciary hearing, leaving the Democrats without yet another witness — and a growing debate within the party about how to respond.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, backed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, is taking a step-by-step approach to the confrontations with Trump. Nadler said the committee wou

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German port a battleground for EU’s fragile political center

FRANK JORDANS

BREMERHAVEN, Germany (AP) — If Joachim Schuster is worried about his job, he’s not letting on.

A jolly German in his mid-fifties with spiky greying hair and a broad smile, Schuster was elected to the European Parliament five years ago for the center-left Social Democrats. Now he’s speaking to students at a vocational college in the northern city of Bremerhaven in an effort to save his seat, defying the downward trend that’s beset traditional parties in Europe in recent years.

Support for the Social Democrats has ebbed dramatically across Germany in recent years, but nowhere is its fate more closely watched than in the city-s

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