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Taliban say they freed US, Australian hostage for 3 Taliban

The hostages — American, Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks — were released in southern Zabul province, ending their more than three years in captivity.

  Prosecutor accused of using 13-year-old daughter as bait to catch alleged molester

  ‘Let the baby die’ sign attacks parents raising money for infant son with rare disorders

Diplomat says of Trump Ukraine call: ‘I remember it vividly’

Criminal charges expected this week against Epstein guards

Trump’s weekend hospital visit draws a skeptical reaction

Nicolas Cage in talks to play Nicolas Cage in film about Nicolas Cage

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‘Wall of water’: Lawsuits detail deadly Navy collision

UPDATE: Family confirms identity of man involved in Duncan shooting

Chick-fil-A Foundation’s donations to anti-LGBT groups end

  Colorado rancher guilty of killing fiancée, burning body

  Hate broccoli? Scientists say it could be genetic

  California sues e-cigarette maker Juul over ads, youth sales

‘Meth. We’re On It.’: South Dakota prevention campaign launches

The campaign will focus on creating awareness for available resources to those seeking help, and to connect and empower community members who want to tackle the South Dakota methamphetamine issue locally.

Who’s the Jeopardy GOAT? Top 3 all-time winners to compete in prime-time tournament

Jeopardy Is bringing the brainpower! The game’s top three winners will quiz their way toward $1 million.

Airport police report gives a witness account of a worker’s death at FedEx’s Memphis hub

Duntate Young died in the early hours of Nov. 13 after an accident at the facility, but so far FedEx hasn’t released any details about the incident.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Democrats’ Southern victories could affect redistricting

Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections

  Police: Home in California backyard shooting was targeted

Ford rolls out Mustang SUV

  Trump suggests he may give written testimony in House probe

Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump records

Chief Justice John Roberts’ order Monday contains no hint about how the Supreme Court ultimately will resolve the dispute over President Donald Trump's financial records.

Cat food recalled over salmonella risk

The Utah-based company Go Raw is recalling its Quest brand 2-pound frozen bags of beef cat food.

  AP Exclusive: US officials knew of Ukraine’s Trump anxiety

In early May, officials at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, including then-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, were told Zelenskiy was seeking advice on how to navigate the difficult position he was in.

Attorney calls on US Marine deserter to turn himself in

An attorney who could represent a U.S. Marine deserter wanted for questioning in a murder case is asking for the man to surrender peacefully

  Camel, cow and donkey caught on the lam

The unlikely trio walked into the neighborhood east of Goddard, Kan., Sunday afternoon and immediately attracted a crowd.

Woman caught wearing ‘baby bump’ full of marijuana, authorities say

Police said the woman was caught carrying 15 bricks of weed, hidden inside a fake belly.

It’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse’s 91st ‘birthday’

The two share the same “birthday” because they made their big debuts in the animated movie “Steamboat Willie” in New York on Nov. 18, 1928.

  Missing man found alive after 33 years by childhood friend

After months of planning, the man, who went missing in 1986, made his way back to his hometown to see his childhood friends once again.

Boy, 8, raises more than $50K for homeless veterans over 4 years

The 8-year-old has helped nearly 3,000 veterans so far with the care packages he calls "hero bags."

  North Korea says it won’t give Trump a summit for free

The statement on Monday by Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan is the latest call by North Korea for U.S. concessions ahead of an end-of-year deadline set by Kim Jong Un for the Trump administration to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal to salvage nuclear diplomacy.

  Disabled Marine veteran thrown out of Pittsburgh bar for bringing service dog

The bar owner has apologized, saying he made a mistake and didn't realize the dog was a service dog.

  WATCH: Two yachts worth more than $20 million destroyed in marina fire

A fire engulfed two yachts in Florida.

  Maryland teacher charged after fight with student

Cellphone video captured a fight Friday morning between a teacher and student at a Maryland high school.

Bloomberg apologizes for his ‘stop and frisk’ police practice

Bloomberg said he was “sorry” and acknowledged it often led to the detention of blacks and Latinos.

Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters

Hong Kong police have stormed into a university campus held by protesters after an all-night standoff.

  ‘Ford v Ferrari’ speeds to No. 1; ‘Charlie’s Angels’ fizzles

James Mangold’s racing drama rode into the weekend with strong reviews and Oscar buzz for its leads, while Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” reboot couldn’t keep up.

Man stabs wife before setting house on fire, police say

New York police say a man stabbed his wife and then set their house on fire.

Two Arkansas chemistry professors accused of making meth

College professors Terry David Bateman and Bradley Allen Rowland were arrested Friday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.

  Transgender woman says she was forced to remove makeup for her driver’s license photo

She said they took her picture, but she said a supervisor told her she’d have to take her makeup off because her appearance didn't match her gender.

  ‘Homeless Jesus’ statue in Nevada designed to raise awareness, build compassion

Jesus is depicted as laying on a bench bundled in a blanket with only his feet exposed.

UK media: Prince Andrew’s sex claims rebuttal a PR disaster

Britain’s newspapers and social media commentators criticized him for defending his friendship with Epstein and for failing to show empathy for the convicted sex-offender’s victims.

  Dramatic Video: Box truck overturns, narrowly missing woman and 2 Illinois Troopers

Two troopers were changing the tire of a car pulled over on Interstate 64 near Wayne City, when they came inches from losing their lives.

Leaked Russian interference report raises UK vote questions

The report from Parliament’s intelligence committee concludes that Russian interference may have affected the 2016 referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union, though the impact is “unquantifiable.”

Black Eyed Peas star accuses Qantas attendant of racism

Black Eyed Peas musician will.i.am has accused a flight attendant from Australia’s national carrier Qantas of being racist and rude to him on a flight.

  Fans say goodbye to Bei Bei the panda, leaving the National Zoo in D.C. for China

On Tuesday, Bei Bei will leave Washington, D.C., for his new home in China to take part in a breeding program.

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

President Donald Trump is backing a compromise bipartisan bill in the Senate, which does not give Medicare bargaining authority, but forces drugmakers to pay rebates if they raise prices too high.

Democrat Edwards wins re-election in conservative Louisiana

Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana’s voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump’s popularity.

Singer Ariana Grande is ‘very sick,’ may cancel show

Singer Ariana Grande is telling her fans that she has a bad sinus condition that has made her “very sick” and might force her to cancel upcoming shows on her world tour.

Five Below to raise prices above $5 on some items

Five Below, a popular store that sells products for five bucks or less, is undergoing a colossal change. It will start selling things above $5 for the first time in 17 years.

  Scientists developing ‘smart toilet’ to collect health data

The toilets of the future might be able to analyze urine samples and explain health behavior.

  Last-minute audible: Kaepernick workout moves to high school

Colin Kaepernick threw passes for about 40 minutes on a high school field, then signed autographs for hundreds of fans who gathered in an end zone to watch his NFL workout that was suddenly moved Saturday, the latest strange twist in the saga of the exiled quarterback.

Democrats hold on to Louisiana governor’s seat

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has stunned Republicans again, narrowly winning a second term Saturday as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor and handing Donald Trump another gubernatorial loss this year.

  Alleged gunman, victim among 6 charged after NJ football game shooting

The wounded man, Ibn Abdullah, 27, was the target of the shooting and was charged because a gun was found on him when emergency responders went to his aid, authorities said.

Prince Andrew denies claims of Epstein accuser in interview

Prince Andrew offered a detailed rebuttal Saturday to claims he had sex with a woman who says she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein.

  Parents, 3 sons die in apparent murder-suicide in San Diego

A husband and wife and three of their young children died Saturday morning at the family’s San Diego home in what police believe was a murder-suicide sparked by a bitter divorce.

White House: Trump undergoes exam at Walter Reed

President Donald Trump spent more than two hours at Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday for what the White House said were medical tests as part of his annual physical.

  Transcripts highlight Sondland’s role in pressuring Ukraine

Transcripts released Saturday in the impeachment inquiry show Ambassador Gordon Sondland playing a central role in President Donald Trump’s effort to push Ukraine to conduct political investigations as a condition for receiving needed military aid.

  Man confessed to driving Pa. woman across the U.S. to Las Vegas and killing her, police say

Even though he's facing multiple charges, he hasn't been charged in the death yet.

Troopers arrest girl, 14, on DUI charge after high-speed chase

Troopers say she crashed an SUV at the end of that chase on Friday morning.

  Photographers put on photo shoot for 3rd grader who was denied school picture

The 8-year-old was denied a school picture because of the red braid extensions in her hair.

Flu gets an early start this year, but it’s not too late for a flu shot

They say 30 states are already recording flu activity.

  Seven Popeyes employees were fired after brawl inside restaurant

Police responded, but no arrests were made.

CBP says $400K worth of liquid cocaine was hidden inside shampoo bottles

These shampoo bottles may look innocent enough, but 35 lbs of liquid cocaine valued at more than $400,000 was hidden inside them.

  Live grenade found behind 99-cent store in Calif., nearby businesses evacuate

No one was hurt, but it certainly was the talk of a California community.

Vatican youth seminary scandal grows with new abuse claims

A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls.

Anti-robocall bill likely as House, Senate reach compromise

It’s looking like an anti-robocall bill will get sent to President Donald Trump this year, helping tackle an infuriating problem in the U.S.

AP sources: Epstein jail guards had been offered plea deal

Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

  Conflicting White House accounts of 1st Trump-Zelenskiy call

The focus of the Democratic-led House impeachment inquiry has been on another call between Trump and Zelenskiy that was made on July 25.

  Pa. teacher suspended for allegedly talking about wanting to shoot students

A Pennsylvania school district suspended a middle school teacher after he allegedly discussed how he wished he could shoot students for disrupting class.

Hulu announces $10 price hike for ‘Live TV’ plans

It's the second price increase in a year for the service, after a $5 bump in January.

Trump intervenes in military justice cases, grants pardons

President Donald Trump has pardoned a former U.S. Army commando set to stand trial next year in the killing of a suspected Afghan bomb-maker and a former Army lieutenant convicted of murder for ordering his men to fire upon three Afghans, killing two.

  Ousted Ukraine ambassador felt threat; Trump assails her anew

The former ambassador was testifying on the second day of public impeachment hearings, just the fourth time in American history that the House of Representatives has launched such proceedings.

Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed’s execution

The stay of execution issued Friday afternoon by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals comes just hours after the state’s parole board unanimously recommended a 120-day reprieve for Reed.

  California school shooter dies with motive a mystery

A 16-year-old boy who shot five fellow students — killing two — before turning the gun on himself at a Southern California high school has died.

Trump asks justices for temporary block of House subpoena

President Donald Trump wants the Supreme Court to keep House Democrats from getting his financial records at least until the justices resolve a broader fight over efforts to subpoena a sitting president’s records.

  Historic flooding highlights Venice’s vulnerability; mayor closes St. Mark’s Square

Damage to Venice from the second-worst flood ever recorded was put at hundreds of millions of dollars.

  Office full of pediatric therapists get pregnant at the same time

More are on the way.

NTSB: Coast Guard ignored duck boat safety proposals made 20 years ago

The NTSB says it has repeatedly urged the Coast Guard to require the vehicles to be better able to remain afloat when flooded.