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Donald Trump shames a former beauty pageant winner for her sexual history and encourages Americans to check out what he calls her "sex tape," in a tweet-storm that drags him further away from his campaign's efforts to broaden its appeal to women
NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump shamed a former beauty pageant winner Friday for her sexual history and encouraged Americans to check out what he called her "sex tape," in an early-morning tweet-storm that dragged him further away from his campaign's efforts to broaden its appeal to women. A day after he injected former President Bill Clinton's dalliances into the campaign, Trump accused Hillary Clinton's campaign of helping 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado get U.S. citizenship, but offered no proof. He said Machado had a "terrible" past that a "duped" Clinton had overlooked before holding her up "as an 'angel' in the first presidential debate.


Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton's ads about him 'nasty,' but they are usually fueled by his own words
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is making "nasty" ads about him. Most of Clinton's commercials about Trump, though, merely include clips of him speaking. Her campaign seems to have concluded that Trump is his own worst enemy. The most frequently used Clinton advertisements about Trump have a common theme: They show regular people, often in the flicker of a television set, spliced with footage of Trump making some of his most incendiary comments. The Republican presidential nominee's decades in the spotlight, including as a reality television show host, have given the Democratic contender an unusual bounty of ad material.


A Syrian opposition monitoring group that tracks Syria's civil war says a year of Russian airstrikes have killed more than 9,000 people in the war-torn country
BEIRUT (AP) - A year of Russian airstrikes on areas outside government control in Syria have killed more than 9,000 people, displaced tens of thousands and caused wide destruction, an opposition monitoring group said Friday. On Sept. 30 last year, Russia began an air campaign backing the ground forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, turning the balance of power in his favor in many areas - including the northern province of Aleppo and the suburbs of the capital Damascus. Opposition activists have blamed Russia as being responsible for most of the recent airstrikes against rebel-held neighborhoods of east Aleppo city that killed more than 320 civilians in the past two weeks and demolished many buildings.


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Federal investigators have pulled one of the black box recorders from the wrecked commuter train at the station in Hoboken, New Jersey
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - Federal investigators pulled one of the black box recorders from the wrecked commuter train at the Hoboken station and struggled to extract the second one Friday as they tried to figure out what caused the crash that killed one person and injured more than 100 others. The two event recorders could contain information on speed, braking and other conditions that can help investigators determine whether the tragedy resulted from an equipment malfunction or a distracted or incapacitated engineer. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will be looking to determine how fast the train was going when it crashed at the busy station Thursday morning.


Online donors have given more than $80,000 to help the family of a 6-year-old South Carolina boy who was critically injured in a school shooting
Online donors have given more than $80,000 to help the family of a 6-year-old South Carolina boy who was critically injured in a shooting at a rural elementary school. A gofundme page set up by a friend of Jacob Hall's family on Thursday already had raised about $83,000 by Friday morning. A note from the person who established the fundraising drive, Travis Paige, says the boy's parents have to miss work to be with him in the hospital and need financial assistance. Authorities say the boy, another student and a teacher were wounded when a teen gunman showed up at Townville Elementary School and began shooting on Wednesday.


Shimon Peres was laid to rest in a ceremony attended by thousands of admirers and dozens of international dignitaries _ in a final tribute to a man who personified the history of Israel during a remarkable seven-decade political career
JERUSALEM (AP) - Shimon Peres was laid to rest on Friday in a ceremony attended by thousands of admirers and dozens of international dignitaries - in a final tribute to a man who personified the history of Israel during a remarkable seven-decade political career and who came to be seen by many as a visionary and symbol of hopes of Mideast peace. U.S. President Barack Obama, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas headlined a long list of world leaders who converged on Israel's national cemetery, Mount Herzl, for the event. In a nod to the Palestinian leader, Abbas sat in the front row at the memorial service.


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raises the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts. Duterte issued his latest threat against drug dealers and users early Friday on returning to his hometown in southern Davao city after visiting Vietnam, where he discussed his anti-drug campaign with Vietnamese leaders and ways for their governments to fight transnational crimes, including illegal drugs. Duterte has said his public death threats against drug suspects are designed to scare them to stop selling drugs and to discourage would-be users.


Germany's biggest bank is looking shaky and some investors fear it could collapse and endanger the wider financial system
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Germany's biggest bank is looking shaky and some investors fear it could collapse and endanger the wider financial system. Some even wonder whether it might become the next Lehman Brothers, the U.S. bank whose failure unleashed the worst of the global financial crisis in 2008. Experts warn against drawing such quick conclusions. Deutsche Bank's shares are down 51 percent so far this year and it's negotiating a multibillion fine in the U.S. that it could have trouble paying. But it's exactly because it is so big and important that it is unlikely to be allowed to simply fail, the way U.S.


Mall operators are looking at new security technologies and other measures that offer protection without intruding too much on customers
NEW YORK (AP) - More sophisticated cameras. Security robots. Customers feeling shaken by recent attacks at U.S. malls may not notice huge changes - but mall operators are testing and putting in place new technologies and other measures to offer people more protection without intruding too much on their shopping time. Mall executives say shoppers have been adamantly opposed to airport security tactics like metal detectors. So they're trying other things, and increasingly using mass notifications that let them send text and email alerts to tenants within seconds in case of a crisis. Concerns about safety have been heightened by the attacks.


After 12 years of hurtling through space at an amazing speed, Europe's comet-chasing probe Rosetta ended its mission Friday with a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it's been studying all this time
BERLIN (AP) - After 12 years of hurtling through space in pursuit of a comet, the Rosetta probe ended its mission Friday with a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it was sent out to study. Mission controllers lost contact with the probe, as expected, after it hit the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 1039 GMT (6:39 a.m. EDT) Friday, the European Space Agency said. "Farewell Rosetta, you've done the job," said mission manager Patrick Martin. "That is space science at its best." ESA chief Jan Woerner called the 1.4 billion-euro ($1.57 billion) mission a success. Aside from sending a lander onto the surface of comet 67P in November 2014 - a cosmic first - the Rosetta mission has collected vast amounts of data that researchers will spend many years analyzing.

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